Monique is the irreverent and opinionated co-owner of The Rooster, a traditional French Restaurant in Katoomba. She's a storyteller with an adventurous spirit who is on a mission to bring fine food to regional Australia.
Ahshanul Shourav came to Australia to study accounting in 2009, and discovered a love for cooking while he was here. With the help of his Mum he learned all the Bangladeshi staples from afar, and honed his skills on his flatmates. A year and a half ago he opened Bottola restaurant in Lakemba (with his business partner Arifa Ferdous). At Bottola you can eat all the classics from Ahshanul's homeland.
Eddie Zanbaka, owner of Belmore Lebanese Bakery, on the art and science of baking, growing up catholic in Lebanon, adjusting to life Down Under, the investment that changed his career and finding happiness in simplicity.
Belmore Lebanese Bakery specialises in made-to-order flatbreads and fatayars that Eddie has perfected from years of experience--with some help from a master Lebanese baker.
Special thanks to James Mcgowan of jamesmcgowanaudio.com for his help on this episode-- I had significant problems with the recording quality on this and thought it was going to be completely unusable, but he worked his magic and made the episode 1000 times better.
Not Just Curries quickly earned the number one spot on Trip Advisor in Harris Park-- a neighbourhood known for its top Indian food. Vivek Gulati is the head chef and one of the three co-owners. Vivek owned three successful restaurants before a series of health problems led him to change his plans. Listen to his story-- and the fascinating stories behind Not Just Curries.
After years of working in retail and focusing on being a Mum, Lay Lay Naing fulfilled a life long dream when she opened The Burman Kitchen last year. She shares her stories and love of Burmese cuisine here. Check the Burman Kitchen out on Facebook here for some tantalizing pictures of their food! The Burman Kitchen is at 44 Railway Parade in Granville, New South Wales (02 8677 0152).