Cooking the Books Podcast presented by Robbie Bell takes us behind the velvet curtain of the Australian food industry and gives us the opportunity to meet and hear the incredible stories of the people who are behind some of our incredible culinary experiences. This is a hospitality podcast delving into all aspects of the food industry; from restaurants to butchers, chefs to sommeliers, cheese mongers to brewers, and everything in between. Exploring the stories of where their passion for food sprouted from, how they got there, why they do it and where they're headed.
#54 Sharon Brindley and Hugh Allen
Sharon Brindley is a Yamatji/Noongar woman living on Bunurong/Boon Wurrung country (the Mornington Peninsula), where she is also the proud owner of Cooee Cafe, the only Indigenous cafe in the region and @jalajalatreats who specialise in native flavoured chocolates.
Hugh Allen is the Executive Chef @vuedemonde and is a big advocate of the true flavours of Australia. He has been helping Sharon with her new venture.
#53 Gary and Elika from Jamsheed Winery
This week we spoke to Elika and Gary from Jamsheed winery in Preston, Melbourne. These are two highly respected hospo professionals who have so much knowledge and are so incredibly humble. Jamsheed is a must-visit; it's a real cool spot for a drink and the food is fantastic.
#52 Rae Bonney - Integrated Wellbeing Specialist/Counsellor
This week we spoke to Rae Bonny who is a Integrated Wellbeing Specialist/Counsellor about mental health in the work place.
#51 Banjo - co owner of Good Pair Days
Banjo is an expert in the art of beverage, he has heaps of knowledge which he shares openly.
#50 Adam D'Sylva - Chef/Owner of Coda and Tonka Restaurants
This week on the podcast Robbie spoke to Adam D’Sylva; Chef-Owner of Coda and Tonka in Melbourne. Adam also has many other business ventures including a crockery range and cutlery range, he is a brand ambassador for Luv-a-Duck, Racing Victoria and Lavazza among several other brands.
#49 Glenn Flood - Chef-turned-coach
This week Robbie spoke to Glenn Flood; a chef-turned-coach. Glenn started his career as a chef which led him to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen. Which then in turn led him into the world of food media. Glenn spent a few seasons on Masterchef, organising the challenges as well has many other aspects behind the scenes. Through his business as a coach, he now helps chefs become better communicators and better versions of themselves.
Nicely Cooked Books!
Enjoyed Robbie's casual conversations with his guests and found myself learning a lot about the type of mentality required to run a successful business. Some great interesting and funny stories to be found within.
5 Stars 👏👏
Very insightful look into the hospitality world, Robbie asks all the right questions to give the listeners a better understanding of the ins and outs of owning and operating a restaurant/bar/venue!
Brilliant podcast Robbie keep up the good work, very entertaining and informative as a fellow chef listener.
Good variety of guests too!