Easter at Hallegaard

Hallegaard Gardbutik logo

2017 is flying past and incredibly  Easter is almost upon us, which brings good food and big news. I’m going to on the pans at Hallegaard Gårdbutik, pumping out some Easter treats with my own (very non-traditionally Danish) twists. Hallegaard is well known to all on Bornholm as a boutique farm, butchery, farm shop, cafe, brewery, and makers of the best damn polser (sausages) in this part of the world! If you are around Bornholm, come by and try some of our meaty treats (and cake, there will also be cake) or follow me on Instagram to see how an Australian on a tiny Danish island does Easter. Hint: there will be lamb.

Follow Hallegaard on Facebook here.


Bornholm, Denmark

Penyllan Bar and Kitchen duck with gnocchi

Big news! And only six months after the fact… I have relocated to Bornholm, a teeny tiny Danish island between Denmark and Sweden to continue my cooking adventure. I have been working as Chef at Penyllan Bar and Kitchen, located at Hotel Nordlandet overlooking the magical (and right now, quite blustery) Baltic Sea.

I am still available for jobs worldwide, from recipe development to writing to presenting, so contact me through my form if interested, and in the meantime check out my Instagram for day to day updates on what’s happening on beautiful Bornholm.

Gewurzhaus Term 1 2016 Classes

There’s still a chance to book in for some of my new cooking classes at Gewurzhaus this term, including a super special Interactive Lunch for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

MFWF Event: Lunch with the Natives

Sunday, 13 March, 12:00pm – 2:30pm

Tickets available HERE

Brilliant Brunch: The Glory of the Melbourne Cafe

Saturday 6 February, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Saturday 16 April, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Keeping It In Season: A Late Summer Feast

Saturday 6 February, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 27 February, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

From Sardinia to Sicily: Italian Island Seafood

Saturday 13 February, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Saturday 16 April, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Cooking With Spice: A Masterclass

Saturday 13 February, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 19 March, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Happy Cooking!

Forage Cookbook

forage cookbook

It’s here. This baby that I (and the rest of the amazing Forage team) have been working on is finally here – Forage Cookbook. Forage is a simply gorgeous hardcover book filled with recipes from chefs, cooks, restaurants and food folks from around the state of Victoria, with a strong focus on our own local produce. It also has some of the most stunning imagery around from my dear friend Jessica Shaver, showing off the producers, cooks, and passionate food people that make this state’s food scene so darn great. We like to call it a love letter to the state of Victoria.

The best part about Forage (apart from how pretty it is) is that it’s a social business – proceeds from the book are going toward local not-for-profit Upside Nepal, to support village development and entrepreneurial subsistence farmers in Nepal.

Books are available at many of the venues featured in the pages of Forage, as well as independent retailers like Books for Cooks etc. Alternatively, you can buy it direct and have it shipped directly to your door right HERE.

Enjoy x




Forage Crowdfunding Campaign – LAST DAYS!

Making Forage Pozible from Forage on Vimeo.

Forage Cookbook is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign, with a goal to raise $25,000 by Saturday 17th October! There’s very little time left, but you can still get over there and pre-order your copy of Forage (or indulge in one of the other great rewards). The money raised will help offset the costs of printing and distribution, allowing us to print and sell even more books, which in turn allows us to give even more money to Upside Nepal to assist entrepreneurial subsistence farmers in Nepal. It’s a win win win! Thanks for your support.


Gewurzhaus Term 3 2015 Classes

The last classed for 2015 at Gewurzhaus have been announced, and are already selling super fast. There’s some great classes, both new and repeats, with some fantastic Christmas sessions closer to the end of the year! I love them all equally, but I think I’m going to love my Aussie Christmas Class more equally than the rest…

Tex Mex Madness

Saturday 10 October 2015, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Sunday 15 November 2015, 11:30am – 2:00pm

Secrets of the Sommelier (in conjunction with Toorak Cellars)

Sunday 25 October, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Sunday 22 November, 11:30am – 2:30pm

A Taste of Morocco

Saturday 10 October, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Thursday 29 October, 11:00am – 1:30pm

Sunday 6 December, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

An Aussie Christmas: BBQ, Seafood and Salads

Saturday 28 November, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 12 December, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Le Reveillon de Noel: French Christmas

Sunday 6 December, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Sunday 13 December, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Happy Cooking!

Forage Cookbook

For the last year, I have been working on a long-term cookbook project called Forage, which is all about telling the stories of, sharing the recipes of, and showing off chefs, cooks, restaurants, producers and food folks from all around the state of Victoria. The book is produced in partnership with local charity Upside Nepal, with profits going toward supporting agriculture businesses there. It’s a ridiculously amazing project, and we’re currently sharing the story of my and my photographer’s (Jessica Shaver) 3,000 + km road trip around the state making this happen over on the website – Forage Cookbook. You can also check us out on Facebook and Instagram (@foragecookbook) for more behind the scenes fun and updates on the book. Forage Cookbook will be out later this year in November, and I know I for one cannot wait to get my sweaty little hands on the fruits of our labours!