Suncoast Fresh is a owner-operated business, specialising in bringing the Farm to your door or table as Brisbane's leading providore's. The Suncoast Fresh Prodcast showcases the unique connections between providore's and chefs, as well as the latest information on fruit and veg that's in season.
Episode 68: Andrew Ballard
Ayyyoo! This year, we've had a pretty intense start at Suncoast Fresh with multiple floods and ongoing pandemic-related issues, which ultimately led us to start the Prodcast a little later than anticipated. But we have missed it so much and are soo keen for an epic season as we have some incredible guests lined up. So if you are new, hola, and if you've been here all along, 'ello poppet. This Prodcast features a collection of stories from industry experts, local legends, food critics, business owners and more!
So without further or do, drum roll please, the first Prodcast of the season in 2022 is with Andrew Ballard! Andrew is a humble, genuine chef full of creativity - a complete rockstar who flies under the radar. He has championed more than one competition and recently took out the 2021 Australian Professional Chef of The Year, Foodservice Australia! Andrew was also selected to represent his home country of New Zealand in the Bocuse D'or in Lyon, France. This competition was the brainchild of famed French chef Paul Bocuse and is considered to be the Olympics for chefs. So you could say this legend knows a thing or two. So grab a bevvie or pour yourself a cuppa. This one is a goodie!
Episode 67: Peter Kuruvita
In Prodcast 67, we caught up with Peter Kuruvita and were blown away by his beautiful outlook on life and genuine energy. Peter is an award-winning chef and restauranteur, TV presenter, author, industry speaker tour guide, food & beverage consultant and a true legend.
He walks us through his extraordinary life featuring his upbringing and vibrant family history, cooking with his family and his first job in the kitchen. He speaks passionately of the beautiful ingredients hidden all over Sri Lanka and their unique significance, his memorable trips to Fiji and ooohhh so much more.
This is actually our last Prodcast of 2021! We had the most memorable time getting to know every single one of our guests and feel so fortunate to be able to listen to the incredible stories shared by all. Whether you're a chef, friend, farmer, supplier, industry expert or local legend, we learnt something new each Prodcast and hope you did too! We will kick off the 2022 season in Feb!
Episode 66: Kelvin Andrews
In Prodcast 66, we caught up with with Kelvin Andrews. He has a rich culinary history and has scattered his spice across several mouth-water sensations like Nineteen at The Star, The Fish House, Hellenika and SK Steak & Oyster. We learnt more about how he got into cooking, how his career progressed, his experience travelling and working abroad, and so much more. Alongside his business partners, Simon Gloftis and Theo Kampolis, Kelvin is preparing for the launch of two restaurants coming to the forefront of our taste buds in early 2022. So be on the lookout for Sunshine and The Sushi Room; they're going to be epic. Catch all the details in episode 66. Enjoy!
Episode 65: Snow Chef - Justin & John
When two wild worlds collide, you get a cyclone of fun balanced with food, travel, videography and so much more. Justin and John are two legends we had the privilege to chat with recently, and it honestly felt like we'd known these guys for a lifetime. They're truly genuine human beings who possess an infectious and charismatic energy. Justin and John (up until our mate rona came in) travelled the globe, met like-minded chefs, cooked and ate some scrumptious food and filmed everything along the way. In Prodcast 65, we dove deep into their lives of being Snow Chef's, what they're trying to create with the hopes to travel and work around the world, a few epic untold stories featuring incredible locations like Japan, how they connect with brands on their trips, how they work together and what each of them brings to the table to make such a great duo. Now, that rona is slowly but surely making its way out, and international travel is soon becoming a thing they'll be back on the road in no time. Listen in to find out what's next for the guys. Enjoy!
Episode 64: Laura Sharrad
In Prodcast 64, we sat down with Season Six MasterChef runner up Laura Sharrad! Laura's earliest memory of food is at the ripe age of four when she learnt how to make gnocchi, her first-ever dish! After that, she regularly sat on the kitchen benches, watching and helping her nonna's cook and trying every dish along the way.
She was lucky enough to live a beautiful life surrounded by her heritage and learnt all the secrets to Italian cooking, some of which are revealed in this very Prodcast! We took a gondola through her life, learning about her fruitful upbringing, her fond memories of living in Italy, her short but sweet stint at uni studying teaching, how she applied for MasterChef and when she got that incredible call back to be on the show at just 18.
We then went into the details of the show, talking about a few behind the scenes moments, how her career flourished after the show and so much more. So, as always, sit back, relax and tune in - enjoy!
Episode 63: Dominique Rizzo
We had the lovely opportunity to sit down with chef, author, food advocate and presenter Dominique Rizzo while away for the @tasteportdouglas festival. Dominique is one of Queensland's leading female chefs who has been within the business of food for over 30 years. She launched her career with a memorable stint on Ready Steady Cook, and from there, took life by the reins, crafting a beautiful story full of tasty flavours and good times. We chatted in detail about the strategies she uses to balance life, her general ethos behind the beautiful dishes she creates, how confidence changes the way you cook in the kitchen, her renowned Food Tours and Travel Experiences (that you can be a part of!), her fantastic cookbooks and last but not least her NEW Cooking School! We had a blast getting to know Dominique, and we think you will too. Listen now and enjoy!
I stumbled across this Prodcast a couple of months ago, so I am playing catch up. I listen to the Prodcast each week as I drive around town delivering catering and as I make the 2hour drive to Brisbane to visit elderly family each fortnight, soooo much better than the radio.
If you love food and love eating out , then you will enjoy this Prodcast as it goes ‘behind the scenes’ of cafes and restaurant’s up and down the east coast of Australia. It gives you an insight in the chefs/ owners that run these amazingly tasty venues, as well as their suppliers who talk about their produce and how best to use it.
Great job, well done.
Makes me hungry
Learning so much from each of these notable people. Great interview style too.
Cheers from Vietnam
Just listened to the podcast. Great interview, enjoyed listening to it
John and Gail Bosco