Share Plate Top Five: Australian Food Podcasts Share Plate Top Five: Australian Food Podcasts

Share Plate Top Five: Australian Food Podcasts

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Share Plate Top Five: Australian Food Podcasts Share Plate Top Five: Australian Food Podcasts

As Australia moves into 2021 hoping for less pandemic lockdowns and more adventures out-and-about, there are some homely habits we've picked up which may stick around for some time.

We're hungry for podcasts, and have a great group of locals sharing great stories right here in our backyard. Here's our Top Five Australian Food Podcasts to dive into: 

 

 

Deep in the Weeds/The Crackling

With the pandemic hitting Australian hospitality hard, nationally recognised food critic Anthony Huckstep found his regular work responsibilities diminished alongside many others.
Maintaining regular contact through the industry, he turned his attention to a microphone, and began recording Deep in the Weeds - a prolific podcast sharing conversations with restauranteurs, chefs, winemakers and more as they highlight key issues from the last twelve months.
A spinoff show, The Crackling, is produced in partnership with the industry leadership program Porkstar. Topical and engrossing, Huck is a natural storyteller who moves the conversation forward with an effortless manner.

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The Food Fight

Originating in early 2018 as The Gong Show with a localised look at hospitality issues on the South Coast of NSW, The Food Fight is the work of independent cookbook publisher Stef Posthuma and Welsh-born hatted chef Simon Evans of Bangalay Dining. With bushfires raging throughout south-east Australia over the summer of 2020, the podcast evolved into the Food Fight and began spreading the focus. Covid catch-ups with chefs, Small Bites episodes focused on kitchen details, discussions with winemakers and doctors combine to form a contemporary portrait of hospitality. The host’s friendship is evident through the episodes, though don’t expect warm and fuzzies all the time - the Food Fight is honest and unafraid to tackle challenging subjects with clarity and insight. 

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  • Simon and Stef have a talk with Christian Hampson from Yerrabingin, a permaculture startup in inner Sydney, about the vision of the Yerrabingin, native foods, industry issues and opportunity pathways for First Nations people. 
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Dirty Linen

Food author and journalist Dani Valent releases Dirty Linen, a prolific podcast covering hospitality issues seldom revealed to the general public. This look behind-the-scenes delivered with shrewd perspective thanks to Dani’s over 20-year career in food writing. A weekly topic is analysed from multiple points of view, with the structure providing a uniquely compelling and holistic snapshot. An absorbing podcast with episodes that regularly fly by due to numerous interesting points of view being shared, Dani structures the show in a way that never becomes convoluted or monotonous. 

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry

For nearly a decade, Sydney resident Lee Tran Lam has been actively discussing food in all forms across the country. The Sydney-focused food blog started as in 2007 a way to document her vegetarian travels across the city, with the podcast following from 2012. It has documented not only a host of great Sydney eats but is now a library of thought-provoking conversations with some of Australia’s brightest names in food. Completely independent and with Lee’s boundless enthusiasm driving the episodes along, there’s a good reason why many chefs list it as their favourite Aussie food podcast. 

Great episode to start with:
  • A chat with Topher Boehm of Wildflower Brewing & Blending in Marrickville, NSW - born in Texas, the charming astro-physicist utilises a locavore philosophy to ferment uniquely Australian beers, which he calls Wild Ales. 
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It Burns + Nut Jobs

Australian by way of host, not topics - the investigative reporter Marc Fennell (previously of SBS Television and ABC radio) branched out on his own to develop these two award-winning accounts of striking detail.
A chilli lover himself, It Burns chronicles the race to grow the hottest chilli pepper on Earth, focusing on two men and their journey using pain to shape their sense of self. Marc explores mental health, addiction, and spirituality through chillis in intimate detail across three continents and a range of larger-than-life characters.
Nut Jobs covers a story straight out of the Hollywood playbook, with a 10million dollar heist at the centre. In six months, 20 trucks disappeared, their precious cargo vanishing. The twist is, they were transporting nuts. Almonds, pecans, walnuts and cashews. The difference with Marc is, investigating this whodunnit led him to question his entire relationship with food, leading to an in-depth humanist look at the relationships between the environment, agriculture, immigration, health, wealth and wellness.
Comparisons to Louis Theroux aren’t far off – Marc has established a presence as a thoughtful journalist, and these podcasts are a showcase for his gifted storytelling. As he peels back the layers, revealing the strange underbelly of what appear on the surface to be merely eccentric subcultures, there is a mix of fascination and intrigue that captivates the audience.

Great episode to start with:
  • The first episode of It Burns, available through Audible. 
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