Roots Podcast

Roots Podcast

Roots Podcast is an interview channel that dives into the personal stories of those in the hospitality industry whether it be in the restaurant, out in the field, and those in the media as they look back on where it all started for them. It is a retrospective look on the passion, ambition and drive involved in a competitive industry.... Show More

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September 25, 2020 58 min

Ben Devlin once found himself holding a pasta machine, wearing a snow jacket, riding on a bicycle from a kitchen on a house boat, towards the worlds greatest restaurant in Copenhagen... A memory that he'll never forget, or seem to understand how he got there in the first place. But his time spent at NOMA (Before it was rated Worlds Best) working with Rene Redzepi was an unforgettable experience in itself.

 Soon after, he came ba...

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After an intense fashion photo shoot in New York came to a crashing end, leaving Parker in a wheelchair and off work for 11 months, he had to come home and re-think about the direction his photography career was heading. He knew the fashion industry in Australia isn't at the same scale as the U.S. so food was his next best bet.

He came back to Australia where he began shooting for Broadsheet and Concrete Playground and for rest...

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September 11, 2020 40 min

Could you imagine Hartsyard with any other name? Well that was something Jarrod and Dorothy were considering before they took over the reigns in 2018. But since then, they have both managed to bring something truly unique to the small pocket of the city. With a since changed menu and restaurant fit-out, Hartsyard now focuses on the unique local produce brought by their suppliers, through ensuring that every element is represented b...

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September 4, 2020 63 min

At one point during construction of the PS40 bar, the builders just walked out and didn't come back. At the same time, the council was pushing back the opening date of the bar by deeming that the bar wasn't built for the capacity Michael was aiming for.
 All these problems (to which Michael said it was looking like PS40 might not even open at one point) were much to the developing story behind the determination Michael has ...

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When Charlie Lehmann found out he'd be looking after Dave Grohl for the night at his bar Ramblin' Rascals, he was beside himself. In fact, he said there was a rule that the bar would never close for anyone, unless it was 'The Rolling Stones or Queens of the Stone Age.' And when you get the chance to have drinks with 1/3 of Nirvana, and the lead singer of the Foo Fighters, you definitely don't turn it down. 

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August 14, 2020 59 min

When Sandor's Toyota Camry got bogged in the Australian outback, he wasn't sure if he was going to have to sleep in his car, or just wait it out the night. This was until he was approached by a man who looked ready for the Apocalypse. 
 Eventually he made it through, and took his Camry all around Australia eventually coming back to work in Sydney where he worked as a Sous Chef at Quay restaurant, and now a Head Chef at the v...

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Lee Tran once did work experience with Dr. Karl at 15 years old, and more then 20 years later, Lee was able to interview him again about his experiences travelling the harsh Australian deserts and the time Dr. Karl's dad recognised someone after the war, who committed atrocities in concentration camps.
 
 Lee shares her experiences working for Good Food, and investigating the hidden costs of a restaurant including how much they s...

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July 31, 2020 59 min

Today on Roots Podcast, Lee Tran talks about the time she called Dan Barber a 'Wheat Nerd'; starting up her food podcast 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry' and what it was like interviewing Ben Shrewry (Attica), which turned into 14 hours worth of editing for the podcast! Over the past 2 decades, Lee Tran's enthusiasm for hospitality has turned into an immense collection of raw, but rich history of artic...

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Today on Roots Podcast, we have a multiple bar venue and pay-as-you-can restaurant owner, Scott Mileto. A Wollongong business owner who shares his journey coming out from Orange and taking over his favourite night life spot with two mates, ultimately starting the ascent of who we now know as the Good Times Only brand. 
 Scott talks about the first time meeting one of his good friends and business partners, was when Scott was getting...

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On the next episode of Roots Podcast we have guest Diego Bonetto; a wild food forager that came over from Italy with a wealth of cultural knowledge that he wanted to explore and share within the Australian landscape. 
 We talk about his experience working on fruit farms with strong accented Australians, the cultural heritage around weeds and the highlighted importance of a knowledge for wild foods through world wide pandemics. 
 
 Joi...

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Today on Roots Podcast we have guest Rachael Morris. Who has worked her way through various forms of media and journalism over the course of 10 years after graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Publishing and Communications. Since then, Rachael has gone on to support the direction of veganism through her career as content producer for Vegan style, by giving talks at restaurant Alibi to raise money for WIRES a...

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On today's episode of Roots podcast, I sit down with chef and co-owner of 1 hatted restaurant Caveau and wine bar Night Parrot in Wollongong, NSW. 
 We chat about Simon's ambition as a rugby player, dining at Michelin restaurants at 2 years old and being one of the youngest Ski instructors in Wales at the time. From there he came over to Australia where he found Caveau, which later began his career as head chef and co-owner ...

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June 24, 2020 59 min

On Roots Podcast, ex-chef and now full time co-owner of Newcastle Greens Dylan Abdoo, jumps on to share his experiences from moving out at 16 to start his chefs apprenticeship and working alongside Corey Campbell, running two restaurants at once and making the move to owning part of Newcastle Greens. Since then, they have received many accolades from the Delicious Produce Awards and supply to big restaurants like Quay and Tetsuyas....

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