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The Pass Seasonal Special: Heston Blumenthal at 'home'

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Heston is one of the few chefs in the world who only needs to be introduced by his first name. There wouldn't be a food-lover on the planet who isn't familiar with his extraordinarily famous restaurants The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston in London and Melbourne, or his Willy Wonka, science experiment-like creations on TV shows like Masterchef. The Pass got the chance to spend some time with the real Heston- literally 'Heston at home' in his penthouse in Crown Towers in Melbourne. He invited us to hang out with him and, over a game of ping pong, we discovered his favourite food memory, how he feels about all the awards he has won, and found out how Heston eats at home. 

Side Orders with Anthony Huckstep

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We're serving up national food critic Anthony Huckstep’s full, unedited Under The Grill interview - because his insights into restaurants & that elusive art of reviewing were too good to leave on the cutting room floor. It's not often you get to ask a reviewer what they really think- and get an honest answer- which is what makes Huck's insider tips so refreshing.

James Viles Side Orders

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From hunting and foraging to baking and preserving, there's not much that Biota chef James Viles doesn't make from scratch. We get his trusty hacks for cooking with fire and how to make what might be the world's best bacon sandwich- using your own home made bread, butter and bacon. You’re welcome.

The Hunter | Chef James Viles ft Anthony Huckstep

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James Viles is the hunting, foraging, fishing chef from one of Australia's most renowned regional restaurants, Biota in NSW's Southern Highlands. He takes us to the the cult ramen joint on every chefs list, and shares the challenges of staying “pure”to his craft,  his eye-opening insight into hunting with a bow and arrow, what he really thinks about restaurants, and the toll that owning a restaurant can take and how he’s dealt with it. This is James raw, unedited and like you’ve never heard him before. Plus we “grill” one of the country’s leading food reviewers and writers, and co-author of Australia’s definitive fish cook book Anthony Huckstep on his insider guide of where to eat when he’s off the clock. 

This episode of The Pass is proudly partnered with Electrolux


The Journey

Jo Barrett’s Side Orders ft The Bread Social’s Paul Giddings

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If you haven’t been lucky enough to devour his life-changing sourdough, then you may have heard of Paulie as one-third of one the hottest artisan bakeries in the country, The Bread Social on The Farm in Byron Bay. We catch up with Paulie to get his baking hacks and how to perfect pizza dough.

The Next Big Thing | Chef Jo Barrett featuring Pascale Gomes-McNabb

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Rising star Jo Barrett is a name you’re going to be hearing a lot more. As co-head chef alongside her partner Matt Stone at Oakridge in the Yarra Valley, she’s turning out some of the most talked about food in the country, particularly her talent for pastry and baking bread. She shares her inspiring sustainability ethos and the price of striving for perfection, the home of Australia’s best croissant, and reveals the incredible inner city food hub you never knew existed. Then we put interior designer extraordinaire, the woman behind some of the most impactful restaurant fit outs in the country, Pascale Gomes-McNabb, under The Pass Grill. 


The Journey

Fleet’s Side Orders featuring Rob Constanzo

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Unless you’re from Byron Bay, you may not have heard of Rob but his humble stall- The Nomadic Kitchen- at the Byron farmer’s markets is an institution, and the go-to breakfast for every visiting chef and food-loving locals in the know, including Fleet’s Josh and Astrid. We caught up with the River Cafe trained chef to find out what inspires his rustic Sicilian menu, why he makes everything from scratch, his hot tips for where to eat in Byron…and the secret recipe to the family passata.

Victor Liong’s Side Orders with Chef Mark Best

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We chat to Victor Liong’s mentor, legendary chef Mark Best about how he inspired such an extraordinary alumni of young chefs at his former fine diner “Marque”, what he loves and hates about the industry, and his “eternal dissatisfaction.” Naturally the chef, known for his wit and often brutal honesty, doesn’t hold back. And apologies Mark for even having you in the same sentence as side order…you’re no one’s brussels sprouts or hot chips!  

The Young Gun | Chef Victor Liong ft Atlas’s Charlie Carrington

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Victor Liong is one of the Australia’s most exciting young culinary stars and the hilarious, multi-faceted and passionate chef and owner of Melbourne institution Lee Ho Fook. This talented and dynamic (foul mouthed!) king of one-liners will engage you just as much discussing his rigorous time in the kitchen with legend Mark Best, as he will chewing the fat on design, Instagram, coffee, Kanye and his unmissbale list of go-to cheap eats. Plus we put on of the country’s youngest and brightest stars, Charlie Carrington under The Pass Grill to find out all about his new ventures and where he eats when he’s off duty.