regional dining

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


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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. 


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