Sydney restauranteur Pauline Nguyen

At the table with: Pauline Nguyen

Pauline Nguyen is a restauranteur, author, public speaker, and mentor. She’s best known as making up one-third of Red Lantern, one of Sydney’s most popular Vietnamese restaurant, with her younger brother Luke Nguyen and husband Mark Jensen. At one point she also shared the story of how her family immigrated as refugees to Australia in a memoir Secrets of the Red Lantern. Nguyen’s latest project … Continue reading At the table with: Pauline Nguyen

Tom Walton, The Bucket List head chef

At the table with: Tom Walton

Tom Walton is responsible for one of Bondi Beach’s most popular menus. As head chef at The Bucket List, Walton’s menu is centred around locally sourced produces that rings strong to his own interest in health and wellbeing. Before Walton joined The Bucket List, he trained alongside Damien Pignolet for six years at Bistro Moncur where he eventually became head chef. He also appeared regularly … Continue reading At the table with: Tom Walton

At the table with: Richard Ptacnik

At the table with: Richard Ptacnik

Executive chef of Sydney’s Otto Ristorante Richard Ptacnik draws on the roots of Italian classics when he is cooking modern Italian in the kitchen. He draws on his skills from having worked in some great kitchens in Berlin, Switzerland, and his home city, Prague. He originally joined Otto in 2003 as a sous chef, and assumed the role of head chef in late 2009. Who … Continue reading At the table with: Richard Ptacnik

Xiao's Noodle Bar Fairfield

A working relationship at Xiao’s Noodle Bar

Xiao’s Noodle Bar, located in Sydney’s southwestern suburb of Fairfield, becomes engulfed by the scent of cumin and Sichiuan pepper each time the humble hole-in-wall puts out its signature lamb skewers. Owners Alex Xiao, 65, and his wife, Helen, 58, have been cooking up Xinjiang dishes for the last five years. The pair, who moved to Australia 30 years ago from Xinjiang — a province … Continue reading A working relationship at Xiao’s Noodle Bar

Christine Manfield

At the table with: Christine Manfield

When it comes to food, there’s almost nothing Christine Manfield hasn’t done. She’s an Australian chef, a restauranter, author, food manufacturer, presenter, and teacher. She is best known for not being shy when it comes to putting flavours into dishes, and has even been dubbed Sydney’s ‘Spice Queen’. Manfield is the brains behind her own range of spice and paste condiments, Christine Manfield Spice Collection. … Continue reading At the table with: Christine Manfield