56 episodes

Roots Hospitality is a lighthearted podcast that shares the personal experiences of the chefs, bartenders and producers that come on each week. Hosted by a chef; it's a humorous and raw look at what it takes to make it in a competitive industry, with a few laughs along the way.

Roots Hospitality Elijah Attard

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Roots Hospitality is a lighthearted podcast that shares the personal experiences of the chefs, bartenders and producers that come on each week. Hosted by a chef; it's a humorous and raw look at what it takes to make it in a competitive industry, with a few laughs along the way.

    Ep. 54 Matt Orlando (AMASS Restaurant)

    Ep. 54 Matt Orlando (AMASS Restaurant)

    Having walked through professional kitchens since he was 16, Matt has worked with the best and come up in the culinary world alongside some incredible chefs too. We chat about his time under Thomas Keller and the military like style in which Keller conducted his brigade.
     We chat about meeting Rene Redzepi at the Fat Duck, looking up to Charlie Palmer as one of his inspirations (Matt still wore black socks after Charlie drilled it into him), jumping on at NOMA in 2005 only a year after it had been opened and running with 5 chefs before opening up AMASS in a deserted industrial looking complex.

    Matt’s proudest achievements has been creating an ego free kitchen filled with universal contributions from all team members, running the restaurants farm to a synergetic level with the menu, developing new sustainable practices that hadn’t been thought of (like using melted down candles to fill egg cartons and use them as fire starters for the Barbeque). Being in this place and driving forward with a simple ethos, has led Matt Orlando on a path driven to creating a world where you can operate under the word “responsible” and actually mean it.

    It’s an inspiring chat filled with raw reflections of his time cooking at some of the worlds best restaurants, his humbling experiences as a young chef de partie (“those f*****g potato chips”) for Charlie Palmer, we check out the restaurant farm and talk about where everything is heading to next.

    The Roots Hospitality podcast is proudly supported by Sydney Direct Fresh Produce. The fruit and vegetable providore led by Luke Kohler, who has been supplying to Sydney restaurants and venues for more then 20 years and still smashing it out today.

    Follow @roots_hospitality on Instagram for the most up to date info on the latest guest, news and soundbites. 

    NOTE: Matt and I did this interview in late September 2022. In November 2022, AMASS restaurant announced its closure, effective immediately. 

    Music by Roots Hospitality with samples from artist Ill Kitchen.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 53 Aaron Teece (The Valley Estate)

    Ep. 53 Aaron Teece (The Valley Estate)

    When I started my apprenticeship many years ago, and dabbling with wild and native foods as a chef, Aaron was one of the first people I started following that was utilizing them in an out of the box way that made it engaging enough for me to try it myself. It was inspiring, and pushed me to find new ways to make these ingredients accessible to diners myself. Now it’s at the core of all my dishes. So cheers for the motivation and inspiration Aaron, you’re a bloody legend.

    We talk about the book Aaron is working on, the interesting change between new and old chefs and what it was like working with Adam Wolfers and Josh Niland at the 3 hatted Est. under Peter Doyle. Also, why the hell did Aaron get pulled over in Spain by the cops?

    The Roots Hospitality podcast is proudly supported by Sydney Direct Fresh Produce. The fruit and vegetable providore led by Luke Kohler, who has been supplying to Sydney restaurants and venues for more then 20 years and still smashing it out today.

    Follow @roots_hospitality on Instagram for the most up to date info on the latest guest, news and soundbites. 

    Roots Hospitality theme by me, with music from Ill Kitchen titled The Return.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 52 Jason Saxby (Raes on Wategos)

    Ep. 52 Jason Saxby (Raes on Wategos)

     We chat about Jason's brief stint cooking at the Olympics, the good timing between being a fresh chef to a new team and integrating into a kitchen, writing prep lists on the back of dockets and being upgraded to a premium recipe folder; plus the importance of developing a strong relationship between local suppliers and growers. Also, what happens if you pull your tweezers out at the Ledbury? And why are Per Se going through so much baking paper per week? 

    The Roots Hospitality podcast is proudly supported by Sydney Direct Fresh Produce. The fruit and vegetable providore led by Luke Kohler, who has been supplying to Sydney restaurants and venues for more then 20 years and still smashing it out today. 

    Follow @roots_hospitality on Instagram for the most up to date info on the latest guest, news and soundbites. 

    Roots Hospitality theme by me, with music from Ill Kitchen  titled 'The Return.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 51 Bartender Roundtable II (Sarah Proietti, Dre Walters, Chau Tran, Harrison Kenney)

    Ep. 51 Bartender Roundtable II (Sarah Proietti, Dre Walters, Chau Tran, Harrison Kenney)

    Second time around for the Bartender Roundtable with Sarah Proietti (Maybe Sammy), Dre Walters (Old Mates Place), Chau Tran (Burrow Bar), Harrison Kenney (Bar Planet). 

     Do you get free shots at Bar planet if it's your birthday? Are the wet pussy shots finally making a come back? Are Australian cows kosher? Did the Dalai Lhama smuggle tigers over the border?  Why do chicks dig American Will? Does Kenney fit through the metal detectors at the Airport? And the elevator for Old Mates finally cops a beating. So many important questions tackled. Plus a special guest call in, from another industry legend. 

    Roots podcast is proudly supported by Sydney Direct Fresh Produce. The fruit and veg supplier led by Luke Kohler, who has provided Sydney with some of the best and local produce since he was 16 years old and still smashing it today.

    Roots Theme by Charlie Fester

    Follow @roots_hospitality on Instagram for the latest and most up to date news on guests and podcast episodes, or check out the rootshospitality.com.au website for some behind the scenes photographs and trailers of each episode. 

    • 2 hr 28 min
    Ep. 50 Mo Zhou (Restaurant Gaea)

    Ep. 50 Mo Zhou (Restaurant Gaea)

    Ever been stitched up while doing a pop up at a house on a mountain in China with no electricity? How did Mo get out of it? Sometimes I don't think he even knows. It was almost as if he had repressed it until I mentioned the Yunnan Provence.  But when Mo reflects on what he calls "the wildest pop up he has ever done", he could only laugh in how he found himself in that situation to begin with. 

    Mo started his culinary career as an apprentice at Attica, which helped shape his appreciation for produce on all levels and to think outside the normal in order to tease his customers expectations. In doing so, it's clear that Mo enjoys challenging himself to improve and defy even his own initial standards. 
     Take for example, he has challenged himself to come up with a new degustation menu every month without repeating a single dish. This means that even during the past two years with the opening and closures in Melbourne, he pushed 19 new menu’s. Which is insane to do during such a chaotic time.
     But this is a testament to Mo, whose creativity continues to inspire and influence chefs such as myself, to change our perspective on dining and what it means to provide an exceptional hospitality experience. 

    Roots podcast is proudly supported by Sydney Direct Fresh Produce. The fruit and veg supplier led by Luke Kohler, who has provided Sydney with some of the best and local produce since he was 16 years old and still smashing it today. 

    For more of the latest news and hospitality updates follow @roots_hospitality on Instagram or head to the website over at rootshospitality.com.au

    Music by Charlie Fester

    • 50 min
    Ep. 49 Luke Whearty (Byrdi)

    Ep. 49 Luke Whearty (Byrdi)

    Luke and I chat about the importance of time and place, his experience at Faviken, why he believes he has the sports almanac from Back to the Future and how busting chops to forage blackberries eventually stitched him up at a festival in Melbourne.

    The Roots Hospitality podcast is proudly supported by Sydney Direct Fresh Produce. The fruit and vegetable providore led by Luke Kohler, who has been supplying to Sydney restaurants and venues for more then 20 years and still smashing it out today. 

    Follow @roots_hospitality on Instagram for the most up to date info on the latest guest, news and soundbites or check out the website over at rootshospitality.com.au

    Music Intro: Roots Hospitality Theme by Charlie Fester. 

    • 52 min

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