Suncoast Fresh Prodcast

Episode 27 : Will Cowper

This episode of the Prodcast is a little different, definitely one for the chefs, and aspiring chefs out there. I sat down with the Head Chef of modern Italian, Ristorante OTTO Will Cowper. We chatted about the challenges of moving from Sydney, sourcing the best quality ingredients and running a fine dining restaurant in 2020. Will also shared some insights about the industry, challenging the traditional hospo work-life balance, creating a positive and passionate working environment, and what he loves about the industry. Enjoy!

Episode 26 : Tessa Boersma

Tessa is one of the most cool, calm and collected contestants to enter the coveted Masterchef kitchen. Not only has she finished in the masterchef top 10, but she’s done it twice, two seasons in a row. We got Tessa out of bed early this week to wander the markets, chat about all things fruit & Veg, growing in Queensland and what's next for this incredible cook. We couldn’t drag her out of bed without some Masterchef gossip, Tessa gave up some great stories, secrets of the Masterchef kitchen and her top moments. This Prodcast is a can’t miss. Enjoy!

Episode 25: Lucas Becker - Grilo Protein

While eating crickets might bowl you over it is certainly nothing new, people around the world have been munching on crickets for centuries. Farming insects requires very little water, food and land which makes them an incredibly eco-friendly ingredient. I was keen to learn more about these little critters, which are gaining popularity around the world and we roped in a leading man in the industry Lucas Becker to give us the pitch report. Enjoy!

Episode 24: Michael Dalton - Fino Foods

Nothing like Sharing delicious food with friends. This episode of the Prodcast is with Michael Dalton from Fino Foods. Michael and the team at Fino take great pride in selecting the finest artisan produce, sourced both locally and abroad. We chatted sourcing products and working with the people who produce them and the people who get to enjoy them. This will give you even more respect for the food we get to enjoy.

Episode 23 : Debbie Oliver - Truffle lady

Debbie Oliver loves Truffles and Caviar, and in my opinion she is THE person to talk to when it comes to these delicacies. Did you know Australia is the 4th largest Truffle producer with over 300 farms? Well lucky for us, Debbie knows so much about this amazing Australian industry and how you can help support our amazing Truffle producers. I learnt so much from Debbie in this episode, and Im sure you will too. Enjoy!

Episode 22 : Graeme Twine - COVID Rewind

This episode of the podcast is a special one, because you get to hear from me about what it’s been like navigating the crazy COVID period. So I roped in my mate Vic who’s been involved with us throughout the journey, to try and give all of you wonderful people a window into our world. It felt weird looking back on what we’ve achieved, the challenges and the hardships we’ve faced, and the wonderful friends we’ve made along the way, but I hope you enjoy this for what it is. A raw and sometimes emotional review of what has been a crazy year. Much love to all of you, and thanks for sticking by us. Enjoy!

Episode 21 : Dan Arnold - Restaurant Dan Arnold

Dan Arnold is one of the leaders in modern Australian fine dining, and his restaurant, which is aptly named Restaurant Dan Arnold, is a perfect reflection of his career. Dan’s a local Brisbane boy, and after learning his craft, he moved to work in France, and hasn’t looked back since. Did I mention he also represented Australia in the BOCUSE D’OR competition? This was a real treat to speak to such a talented man. Enjoy!

Episode 20: Stirling Howland - Balter Brewing

If you live in Queensland and haven’t heard about Balter Brewing then you either don’t like beer, or you’ve probably been living under a rock. Balter Brewing is an absolute institution on the Gold Coast, and Stirling Howland has been there from day one. We sat down at the Balter Brewing headquarters to chat about how the brand was born, the stories behind how some of the best surfers in the world got involved in brewing, and of course to sample the delicious beer they are producing. Only happy faces allowed for this one. Enjoy!⁠⠀

Episode 19 : Alex Munoz Labart - Labart

Alex Labart @alex.munoz.labart has always been ahead of the curve. After making the move from Sydney with his wife, their restaurant @restaurantlabart helped turn Burleigh Heads into the dining destination that it is today. But it was his quick change to home delivery in response to COVID that cemented his place as one of my favourite chefs. Today Labart at Home is thriving and it’s all thanks to Alex and his amazing team. I really enjoyed this chat about how the pandemic has, and continues to impact the industry, but also because this is a story of people coming together to overcome some huge challenges. Enjoy!⁠⠀

Episode 18 : Michael J Fox - Fabel Food Co.

Reducing meat consumption is something that I speak with people about often but along with a lot of the population I love the taste and texture of a good piece of protein.⁠ ⁠ @Micheal Fox from Fable Food Company along with his partners @Jim Fuller and @Chris McLoghlin developed a Mushroom product that resembles pulled beef or braised beef, it looks just like meat. ⁠ ⁠ We BBQ’d some up and had a burger with cheese, coleslaw, and BBQ sauce and I have to say it was really delicious and the texture was really similar to pulled pork. Amazing.⁠ ⁠ I now call Michael my friend and that's pretty cool, Enjoy.⁠

Episode 17: Simon Gloftis (Hellenika)

Simon Gloftis is a man on a mission. Whether it’s opening a string of cafe’s, starting his own University, or planning for his restaurant Hellenika’s post-COVID comeback. Did I mention that he’s a tremendous chef as well? If you don’t follow his instagram account you’re missing out on some beautiful recipes dishes. Simon’s amazing story is a classic combination of hard work and talent, and it was a real treat to hear it from the man himself. ⁠⠀ Enjoy!

Episode 16 : Sam Saulwick - The Bread Social

I like to call Sam Saulwick from @TheBreadSocial the columbian bread lord, because his bread is that good. If you haven’t had the chance to try it yet, do yourself a favour as soon as you can. His team at The Bread Social create beautiful organic, sustainable baked goods and it was a real treat getting to know how the business has grown to become what it is today as well as what makes Sam’s bakery so special. Enjoy!

Episode 15 : Manny Sakellarakis 1889 Enoteca

We had a little break getting our boxes shop up and running but the Prodcast is back. Episode 15 is from one of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings. We sit down with Manny Sakellarakis. Manny with his partner Dan Clark have created one of Australia's finest Italian restaurants, 1889 Enoteca. In Italy, ‘enoteca’ means wine library. Enoteca serves up some of the best pasta in the city, paying respect to Rome. We recorded this podcast downstairs in the private dining room/cellar surrounded by wine that consists almost entirely of bottles sourced from small producers from across Italy. The wine is now available online for purchase but you’ll have to listen to find out more.

Episode 14 : James Viles

This Prodcast was recorded before the Covid-19 outbreak in Australia.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ A lot can happen in a month, since we recorded this episode with James Viles so we are calling this Part 1. Biota Dining in Bowral is no longer in operation but @jamesvilesbiota has big plans which we will discuss in part 2.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ We recorded this episode on the edge of the Sydney Harbour with views from the city to Sydney heads. An amazing guy with heaps of great stories, enjoy.⁠⠀

Episode 13: Tarzan from Survivor

It’s easy to tell when you come across a genuinely good person, and Tarzan from Survivor is definitely one of those people. Did I mention he also grows beautiful limes for Suncoast Fresh? You can find Tarzan’s limes at some of the best restaurants in Australia, like the Howard Smith Wharf precinct in Brisbane and Star City Casino to name a few. Tarzan is an absolute character and as a fan of both Survivor and his amazing limes it was so much fun to sit down to get to know him. I think you’ll enjoy this one!⁠⠀

Episode 12: Matt Moran

@chefmattmoran is an Aussie Icon in the culinary scene, and an all-round fantastic guy. Matt’s story reads like the quintessential Australian dream and has taken him from humble beginnings in Blacktown, to the glitz and glamour of Barangaroo. Despite facing early challenges, he found a way to succeed through hard work and perseverance. We also chat about his friendships with Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsey, and the influence these great chefs continue to have on his life. This is an episode not to miss, and it was a real treat to sit down and hear about his amazing life. ⁠⠀ Supplied by our good friends at @sydneydirectfreshproduce who are the go to people for Fruit And Veg in Sydney⁠⠀

Episode 11: Guillaume Zika

Guillaume Zika is the head Chef and opener at the amazing Burleigh Pavillion. Since day one the Pav has had a lineup around the corner and he tells me the success is due to a few things: accessibility, building the right concept and of course his beautiful menu. Guillaume has had a really interesting life and it was awesome to hear how his travels have influenced his work at the Burleigh Pavillion. ⠀ Enjoy!

Episode 10 : Nick Holloway - Nu Nu

Palm Cove in far North Queensland is a hidden gem that’s at ease in its own skin, just like Nick Holloway. @nickoholloway is the head Chef at @nunurestaurant and I was lucky enough to sit down at his amazing restaurant for what I think was one of my favourite episode’s yet. In the industry, you hear a lot about the importance of authenticity, and Nick embodies what it means to be authentic. I can’t thank Nick enough for this one, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.⁠⠀

Episode 9: Peter Salleras - Fruit Forest Farm

Peter from @Fruitforestfarm is one of the most amazing tropical fruit growers in the country. We were lucky enough to take a tour of his beautiful farm before recording and I was blown away. To Peter his farm isn’t just work, it’s a lifestyle and a passion. I was honoured to speak with such a knowledgeable grower who really loves what he does. Enjoy!⁠

Episode 8: Louis Tikaram

Louis Tikaram is a rock star. He’s the head chef at the two-storey waterfront eatery, Stanley Restaurant. A Cantonese style restaurant and Brisbane’s latest addition to the Howard Smith Wharves. Louis has travelled the world and worked in some of the world’s best restaurants. His hard work has taken him from the Tweed Valley to the world stage and back again. Can’t wait to get into this one, enjoy!

Episode 7: Becky Bamboo

Becky's @big_heart_bamboo is based on the family farm at Eumundi- a pioneer farm of commercially grown bamboo in Australia. The farm grows 250 varieties of Bamboo 🎍 and wow does she know her stuff! I was absolutely blown away 🌬️by the spirituality of the property. It’s amazing what this plant can do, from filtering water💦 and helping combat climate change☀️ to being a fantastic building material👷‍♀️ and of course tasting absolutely delicious. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Enjoy!⁠

Episode 6: Matt Golinski

EP#6 - Matt Golinski is one of Australia’s best Chefs and people in my opinion, I am honoured to have him on the Prodcast. @mattgolinski has had an amazing journey on his way to the top, which has included a whole bunch of ups and downs along the way. Matt’s life is as inspirational as it gets, and it was an absolute pleasure to chat with him on this episode of the Prodcast. As always if you haven’t already done it, make sure you subscribe to the Suncoast Fresh Prodcast.

Episode 5: The Shroom Brothers

If you have ever wondered how the wonderful world of mushrooms works, from how they’re grown to why certain varieties love the Australian climate, then this is the Prodcast for you. I was lucky enough to sit down with Abel from The Shroom brothers who supply totally organic, spray free and delicious mushrooms that are really difficult to come by. Who knew that organic coffee grounds from the local cold brew company could work wonders for mushrooms. Enjoy!⁠⠀

Episode 4: Alanna Sapwell

This episode of the Prodcast is special because I get to introduce you to my friend @alannasapwell. Alanna is Head Chef at ARC Dining @arc_dining and Wine Bar at Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves @howardsmithwharves and has worked around the world in some pretty special places and kitchens. From her humble beginnings in Gympie, to selling jam drops from the back of her bike in Italy all the way through to running one of Brisbane’s best restaurants, Alanna’s got a great story to tell. Introducing my friend, Alanna Sapwell.

Episode 3: Matt Stone

I am so excited about this episode of the Suncoast Prodcast because I get to introduce you to GQ Chef of the year @chefmattstone straight from the @oakridgewines in the Yarra Valley. Matt started out in the industry as a kitchen hand, because it wouldn't interfere with his love of surfing. Now he’s the GQ Chef of the year and one of the leading voices in the Industry I get to call him my friend. Enjoy!⁠⠀

Episode 2: Jack Wilson Stone

There is major buzz around episode two of the prodcast. Bee on the look out for a hive of sticky entertainment that won’t sting you. Bee kind listen to us wax lyrical about bees 🐝 don’t forget to tell your honey. Bee good and listen to this sticky and sweet PRODCAST.⠀ ⁠⠀ On this episode, I sit down with Jack Wilson Stone from @beeonethird and delve into the world of Bees 🐝 ⁠

Episode 1: Welcome to the Suncoast Fresh Prodcast

Still hot off the press 🔥 if you're a podcast fan check out Episode 1 - @bentleybilly and I in the inaugural Suncoast Fresh Prodcast.

Suncoast Fresh is a owner-operated business, specialising in bringing the Farm to your door or table as Brisbane’s leading providore’s. The Suncoast Fresh Prodcast showcases the unique connections between providore’s and chefs, as well as the latest information on fruit and veg that’s in season.