Headshot of BBR festival director Vincent Hernandez

At the table with: Vincent Hernandez

Vincent Hernandez is the festival director of the BBR festival — otherwise known as the Bleu Blanc Rouge festival — that will be taking place in Sydney on 14-17 July. Who is your inspiration? Shinsuke Nakatani, a Japanese chef mastering French cuisine in Paris. What’s currently in your pantry? Fresh herbs – parsley, garlic, onions, ginger; dried fruits; and about six different oils and as … Continue reading At the table with: Vincent Hernandez

The Sydney Connection shares a piece of home with visitors

Since relocating to Sydney 10 years ago from Auckland, Maree Sheehan has familiarised herself with the inner-city, and her knowledge is so vast  she now runs tours in the area. But unlike traditional walking tours that point out city icons, Sheehan’s version, The Sydney Connection, brings tourists together around the dining tables of local eateries in Elizabeth Bay, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, and Potts Point. Sheehan … Continue reading The Sydney Connection shares a piece of home with visitors

Reaching out: How Sahar Elsemary tells stories with food

Before she proceeded walking, Sahar Elsemary paused in front of the halal butcher, gathering everyone together to explain what it means to be Muslim. As a Taste Cultural Food Tours guide, Elsemary said she hopes to be able to educate people about the Middle Eastern culture, from food through to religion. Elsemary’s desire to teach stems back to when she still lived in Egypt and … Continue reading Reaching out: How Sahar Elsemary tells stories with food

Moving forward: Benay Aykin prevails old traditions

Born and bred as a Turkish-Australian who grew up in Auburn, Benay Aykin’s one mission in her job as a Flavours of Auburn cultural walking food tour guide is to help diffuse any negative impressions Sydneysiders have about the city’s very own little Turkish community. “I want to help bring people closer together, by letting others know that they shouldn’t be too scared to step … Continue reading Moving forward: Benay Aykin prevails old traditions

At the table with: Ronni Kahn

Ronni Kahn is the founder and CEO behind Australian food rescue organisation OzHarvest, which has delivered and donated more than 32 million meals to over 500 charities. The organisation has also saved 10,000 tonnes worth of unused food. Kahn was also behind the creation of the Nutrition, Education, and Sustenance Training (NEST) program that aims to teach disadvantaged Australians about healthy eating and nutrition. In … Continue reading At the table with: Ronni Kahn