A Plate to Call Home

A Plate to Call Home

Food is not just about how you cook in the kitchen: it's about where the food comes from, the path for ingredients from farm to plate, the love and passion that goes into making the final dish and the sharing of food with the people importa

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Season 6


Philippa Sibley & a renaissance of hospitality

From working at some of the best renowned restaurants like Harveys and Le Gavroche in London, to founding local icons like Est Est Est and Luxe that changed Melbourne's dining landscape, Philippa Sibley has been a pioneer in hospitality. She talks to Gary Mehigan about the biggest challenges of her career, her path to sobriety, and her most recent endeavour in Melbourne's hospitality industry. 

Philippa Sibley & a renaissance of hospitality

From working at some of the best renowned restaurants like Harveys and Le Gavroche in London, to founding local icons like Est Est Est and Luxe that changed Melbourne's dining landscape, Philippa Sibley has been a pioneer in hospitality. She talks to Gary Mehigan about the biggest challenges of her career, her path to sobriety, and her most recent endeavour in Melbourne's hospitality industry. 

46:47

EP25 - S6

23 Sep 21

Sarah Wilson & embracing curiosity

Why has the 'I Quit Sugar' empire defined Sarah Wilson's career, even after she sold the business and donated all profits to charity? Gary Mehigan talks to Sarah about the movement, their days together on Masterchef, and how her curiosity for how humans work has defined her relationship with food.

Sarah Wilson & embracing curiosity

Why has the 'I Quit Sugar' empire defined Sarah Wilson's career, even after she sold the business and donated all profits to charity? Gary Mehigan talks to Sarah about the movement, their days together on Masterchef, and how her curiosity for how humans work has defined her relationship with food.

49:11

EP24 - S6

15 Sep 21

Ed Halmagyi & authentic storytelling

He's one of Australia’s best known TV chefs, and although his big break happened by chance, Ed Halmagyi's success is no accident. Ed opens up to Gary Mehigan about his challenges with mental health, reflections on remaining authentic on TV, and how he's grown throughout his career.

Ed Halmagyi & authentic storytelling

He's one of Australia’s best known TV chefs, and although his big break happened by chance, Ed Halmagyi's success is no accident. Ed opens up to Gary Mehigan about his challenges with mental health, reflections on remaining authentic on TV, and how he's grown throughout his career.

51:46

EP23 - S6

8 Sep 21

Julia Busuttil Nishimura & a new generation of home cooking

Her best-selling cookbooks are a celebration of culture, family, and home cooking. Gary Mehigan speaks with Julia Busuttil Nishimura about experiencing a world of food. From her Maltese upbringing, to travels around Europe, living in Italy, and every trip around the globe since.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura & a new generation of home cooking

Her best-selling cookbooks are a celebration of culture, family, and home cooking. Gary Mehigan speaks with Julia Busuttil Nishimura about experiencing a world of food. From her Maltese upbringing, to travels around Europe, living in Italy, and every trip around the globe since.

50:06

EP22 - S6

30 Jun 21

Raymond Capaldi & a career of resilience

What makes a chef who's worked in some of the most famous hotels in the world, change gears and open a pie making business? Gary Mehigan speaks with Raymond Capaldi about how he used cooking to escape his life in Scotland, and the hurdles he overcame on his path from renowned chef, to successful restauranteur.

Raymond Capaldi & a career of resilience

What makes a chef who's worked in some of the most famous hotels in the world, change gears and open a pie making business? Gary Mehigan speaks with Raymond Capaldi about how he used cooking to escape his life in Scotland, and the hurdles he overcame on his path from renowned chef, to successful restauranteur.

51:36

EP21 - S6

23 Jun 21

Ian Curley & life after prison

How did an ex-convict become a food hero and celebrated TV host? Gary Mehigan speaks with Ian Curley about his time behind bars, hosting TV show Kitchen Conviction, what mentoring young hospo kids looks like and how to turn your life around when things look dark. www.iancurley.com.au  

Ian Curley & life after prison

How did an ex-convict become a food hero and celebrated TV host? Gary Mehigan speaks with Ian Curley about his time behind bars, hosting TV show Kitchen Conviction, what mentoring young hospo kids looks like and how to turn your life around when things look dark. www.iancurley.com.au  

52:41

EP20 - S6

21 May 21

Alessandro Pavoni & overcoming cancer

How does someone beat cancer, survive two heart attacks, develop an immune disease, and still become a highly successful chef and restaurant owner? In this interview with Gary Mehigan, Alessandro reveals how he managed to overcome incredible odds and what his 'navy seal' health routine has done for him.

Alessandro Pavoni & overcoming cancer

How does someone beat cancer, survive two heart attacks, develop an immune disease, and still become a highly successful chef and restaurant owner? In this interview with Gary Mehigan, Alessandro reveals how he managed to overcome incredible odds and what his 'navy seal' health routine has done for him.

48:08

EP19 - S6

12 May 21

Lorraine Banks & the secret life of a restaurateur

She the operator of Noosa's Bistro C and well known within the industry, but she keeps her private life hidden. What makes Lorraine so successful and why does she keep such a low profile? In this interview, Gary finds out. He and and Lorraine untangle what being a real restaurateur is, the full effect of Covid and hears some unique Moroccan tales. https://www.bistroc.com.au/  

Lorraine Banks & the secret life of a restaurateur

She the operator of Noosa's Bistro C and well known within the industry, but she keeps her private life hidden. What makes Lorraine so successful and why does she keep such a low profile? In this interview, Gary finds out. He and and Lorraine untangle what being a real restaurateur is, the full effect of Covid and hears some unique Moroccan tales. https://www.bistroc.com.au/  

46:06

EP18 - S6

5 May 21

Jason Roberts & the light at the end of the tunnel

When it comes to going through the dark times, chef and TV host Jason Roberts has been there. But how did he get through to the other side? Jason speaks with Gary Mehigan about how he ended up in jail, what his demons look like and his Instagram tv series "G'Day Neighbour". TRIGGER WARNING: This episode discusses mental health and suicide.

Jason Roberts & the light at the end of the tunnel

When it comes to going through the dark times, chef and TV host Jason Roberts has been there. But how did he get through to the other side? Jason speaks with Gary Mehigan about how he ended up in jail, what his demons look like and his Instagram tv series "G'Day Neighbour". TRIGGER WARNING: This episode discusses mental health and suicide.

53:25

EP17 - S6

28 Apr 21

Anthony Femia & the cheese revolution

Get ready to discover the wonders of cheese. An incredibly softly spoken man, Anthony has lived a life of cheese worship. Owner of Maker & Monger at the Prahran Market in Melbourne, Anthony has dedicated his life to understanding what makes the greatest gorgonzola, the rarest ricotta and the most magnificent mozzarella. Here he talks with Gary Mehigan about all things cheesy. It's a real foody chat for you die hard cheese fans out there.  

Anthony Femia & the cheese revolution

Get ready to discover the wonders of cheese. An incredibly softly spoken man, Anthony has lived a life of cheese worship. Owner of Maker & Monger at the Prahran Market in Melbourne, Anthony has dedicated his life to understanding what makes the greatest gorgonzola, the rarest ricotta and the most magnificent mozzarella. Here he talks with Gary Mehigan about all things cheesy. It's a real foody chat for you die hard cheese fans out there.  

45:07

EP16 - S6

19 Apr 21

Angus Dillon & a world of food festivals

This man has been all around the world following the trail of food festivals. He's the man behind City to Surf, Sydney Good Food Month and the Night Noodle Markets. Angus works for the L.A. times and speak to Gary Mehigan about what it takes to run a food festival and the sights and smells behind L.A.'s food scene.

Angus Dillon & a world of food festivals

This man has been all around the world following the trail of food festivals. He's the man behind City to Surf, Sydney Good Food Month and the Night Noodle Markets. Angus works for the L.A. times and speak to Gary Mehigan about what it takes to run a food festival and the sights and smells behind L.A.'s food scene.

47:58

EP15 - S6

14 Apr 21

Jack Stein & the family of food

Jack Stein, son of Celebrity Chef Rick Stein, is following in his father's footsteps. Speaking with Gary Mehigan from his granny flat in London while sipping a cider, Jack unpacks the family empire his father built, why being a chef became cool and what life after lockdown looks like.

Jack Stein & the family of food

Jack Stein, son of Celebrity Chef Rick Stein, is following in his father's footsteps. Speaking with Gary Mehigan from his granny flat in London while sipping a cider, Jack unpacks the family empire his father built, why being a chef became cool and what life after lockdown looks like.

01:06:12

EP14 - S6

7 Apr 21

Alanna Sapwell & feel-good food

Australian chef Alanna Sapwell is known for making simple, fresh food that makes people feel good. She was the owner of the now closed Brisbane institution Arc Dining, and now runs pop-up restaurant Esmay. In this chat with Gary she talks about her passion for local produce, her cooking adventures abroad and what the future holds for hospitality post-COVID. 

Alanna Sapwell & feel-good food

Australian chef Alanna Sapwell is known for making simple, fresh food that makes people feel good. She was the owner of the now closed Brisbane institution Arc Dining, and now runs pop-up restaurant Esmay. In this chat with Gary she talks about her passion for local produce, her cooking adventures abroad and what the future holds for hospitality post-COVID. 

56:53

EP13 - S6

31 Mar 21

Giovanni Pilu & championing Sardinian food

Giovanni Pilu says he was always destined to become a chef. Born in Sardinia, he spent his childhood learning to forage and hunt for fresh food on the Italian island. In 1992 he came to Australia and later set up one of Australia's finest restaurants with wife Marilyn, called Pilu at Freshwater. In this chat he tells Gary about learning to hunt for wild game, his love of simple Sardinian cuisine, and how he and his team survived through multiple coronavirus lockdowns.   

Giovanni Pilu & championing Sardinian food

Giovanni Pilu says he was always destined to become a chef. Born in Sardinia, he spent his childhood learning to forage and hunt for fresh food on the Italian island. In 1992 he came to Australia and later set up one of Australia's finest restaurants with wife Marilyn, called Pilu at Freshwater. In this chat he tells Gary about learning to hunt for wild game, his love of simple Sardinian cuisine, and how he and his team survived through multiple coronavirus lockdowns.   

53:54

EP12 - S6

24 Mar 21

Adrian Richardson & his love of meat

Chef and television presenter Adrian Richardson is the quintessential Aussie larrikin of the food world. The straight-talking chef is the proud owner of Melbourne institutions La Luna Bistro and Bouvier Bar, and has his own real-time cooking podcast called Cooking with Richo. He shares with Gary how he’s thrived in a tough industry, why he loves meat so much, plus his top tips for cooking the perfect steak. https://www.instagram.com/chef_adrian_richardson/

Adrian Richardson & his love of meat

Chef and television presenter Adrian Richardson is the quintessential Aussie larrikin of the food world. The straight-talking chef is the proud owner of Melbourne institutions La Luna Bistro and Bouvier Bar, and has his own real-time cooking podcast called Cooking with Richo. He shares with Gary how he’s thrived in a tough industry, why he loves meat so much, plus his top tips for cooking the perfect steak. https://www.instagram.com/chef_adrian_richardson/

57:01

EP11 - S6

17 Mar 21

Guy Grossi & taming the monster

Covid has been hard on a lot of restauraters, but Guy Grossi is a fighter who pivoted through the pandemic with style. With an entire family in the food industry, Guy talks to Gary Mehigan about growing up Italian, never wasting food and how to cook the perfect Osso Buco 

Guy Grossi & taming the monster

Covid has been hard on a lot of restauraters, but Guy Grossi is a fighter who pivoted through the pandemic with style. With an entire family in the food industry, Guy talks to Gary Mehigan about growing up Italian, never wasting food and how to cook the perfect Osso Buco 

57:41

EP10 - S6

11 Mar 21

Maggie Beer & a life well lived

An absolute legend in the food industry, Maggie Beer has seen it all. From travelling overland across Lybia, to working as a forklift driver, building her business with her husband Colin and being awarded multiple awards over her massive career. In this conversation with Gary Mehigan, Maggie opens up about a life lived with passion, joy and of course food. 

Maggie Beer & a life well lived

An absolute legend in the food industry, Maggie Beer has seen it all. From travelling overland across Lybia, to working as a forklift driver, building her business with her husband Colin and being awarded multiple awards over her massive career. In this conversation with Gary Mehigan, Maggie opens up about a life lived with passion, joy and of course food. 

51:41

EP09 - S6

3 Mar 21

Philip Johnson & changing the face of dining

Brisbane Chef & Restaurateur Philip Johnson is regarded as one of the founding five, instrumental in changing the face of Brisbane dining. He's owned and run e'cco bistro for over 25 years and paved the way for future chefs to make their mark. In this chat with Gary Mehigan, Philip reflects on a life-time in the hospitality business and his advice to up and coming chefs.

Philip Johnson & changing the face of dining

Brisbane Chef & Restaurateur Philip Johnson is regarded as one of the founding five, instrumental in changing the face of Brisbane dining. He's owned and run e'cco bistro for over 25 years and paved the way for future chefs to make their mark. In this chat with Gary Mehigan, Philip reflects on a life-time in the hospitality business and his advice to up and coming chefs.

44:22

EP08 - S6

25 Feb 21

Anna Polyviou & opening up to her Greek family

For the first time ever, Anna Polyviou talks in a public forum about her sexuality and the effects coming out had on her family and her community, both positive and negative. This Masterchef Pastry Superstar has a bubbling energy and a warmth that you can't help but love. Anna opens up to Gary Mehigan about the more delicate details of her life and what changes once you become a celebrity. https://www.instagram.com/annapolyviou/  

Anna Polyviou & opening up to her Greek family

For the first time ever, Anna Polyviou talks in a public forum about her sexuality and the effects coming out had on her family and her community, both positive and negative. This Masterchef Pastry Superstar has a bubbling energy and a warmth that you can't help but love. Anna opens up to Gary Mehigan about the more delicate details of her life and what changes once you become a celebrity. https://www.instagram.com/annapolyviou/  

53:53

EP07 - S6

17 Feb 21

Julie Goodwin & taking care of your mental health

She was the winner of the inaugural season of Masterchef Australia, becoming a much loved icon around the country. But in this episode, Julie talks to Gary Mehigan about her struggles with depression and what the dark days are like when she feels she just can't get out of bed.  If this episode raised any issues for you, please call any of the mental health hotlines available https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-helplines  

Julie Goodwin & taking care of your mental health

She was the winner of the inaugural season of Masterchef Australia, becoming a much loved icon around the country. But in this episode, Julie talks to Gary Mehigan about her struggles with depression and what the dark days are like when she feels she just can't get out of bed.  If this episode raised any issues for you, please call any of the mental health hotlines available https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-helplines  

01:03:07

EP06 - S6

10 Feb 21

Silvia Colloca & the art of living well

Actress, opera singer, chef, writer - Silvia Colloca has done it all, and she isn't stopping anytime soon. Host of the "What I Eat When" podcast, Sylvia talks to Gary Mehigan about life on the streets of Milan where she grew up and how she met her now husband, Richard Roxburgh, through a chance encounter on a Hugh Jackman film. PLUS she belts out an Opera tune you won't want to miss.  https://silviascucina.net/

Silvia Colloca & the art of living well

Actress, opera singer, chef, writer - Silvia Colloca has done it all, and she isn't stopping anytime soon. Host of the "What I Eat When" podcast, Sylvia talks to Gary Mehigan about life on the streets of Milan where she grew up and how she met her now husband, Richard Roxburgh, through a chance encounter on a Hugh Jackman film. PLUS she belts out an Opera tune you won't want to miss.  https://silviascucina.net/

53:30

EP05 - S6

3 Feb 21

Janella Purcell & nourishing body, mind and soul

Horrified by what went on behind the scenes on one of Australia's top reality tv shows, Janella Purcell has now dedicated her life to helping people understand their bodies and how the food they eat impacts their entire system. Gary Mehigan and Janella discuss the pillars of health and just what went on behind the scenes of Biggest Loser.  https://www.janellapurcell.com/  

Janella Purcell & nourishing body, mind and soul

Horrified by what went on behind the scenes on one of Australia's top reality tv shows, Janella Purcell has now dedicated her life to helping people understand their bodies and how the food they eat impacts their entire system. Gary Mehigan and Janella discuss the pillars of health and just what went on behind the scenes of Biggest Loser.  https://www.janellapurcell.com/  

59:12

EP04 - S6

1 Feb 21

Danielle Alvarez & cuban delights

Head Chef at Freds Paddington and with a new book out called "Always Add Lemon", Danielle Alvarez gets Gary's mouth watering with her cuban recipes and memories from her mother's kitchen.  https://www.instagram.com/daniellemariealvarez/  

Danielle Alvarez & cuban delights

Head Chef at Freds Paddington and with a new book out called "Always Add Lemon", Danielle Alvarez gets Gary's mouth watering with her cuban recipes and memories from her mother's kitchen.  https://www.instagram.com/daniellemariealvarez/  

53:45

EP03 - S6

20 Jan 21

Dr. Nick Fuller & food for your health

Dr Nick Fuller is a leading obesity researcher in Australia and has investigated a broad range of treatments, including dietary and exercise programs, appetite suppressants, commercial programs, complementary and conventional medicines, medical devices and weight-loss surgery. He speaks with Gary Mehigan about the 6 principles of healthy living as well as the best ways to live a balanced life. 

Dr. Nick Fuller & food for your health

Dr Nick Fuller is a leading obesity researcher in Australia and has investigated a broad range of treatments, including dietary and exercise programs, appetite suppressants, commercial programs, complementary and conventional medicines, medical devices and weight-loss surgery. He speaks with Gary Mehigan about the 6 principles of healthy living as well as the best ways to live a balanced life. 

46:59

EP02 - S6

13 Jan 21

Kelvin Cheung & the flavours of Mumbai

He's Mumbai's favourite celebrity chef with a string of famous patrons and an impressive CV behind him. Born in Canada, Kelvin Cheung talks to Gary Mehigan about lockdown life in India, the influence of his mixed heritage on his food and how his father's legacy still follows him wherever he goes.

Kelvin Cheung & the flavours of Mumbai

He's Mumbai's favourite celebrity chef with a string of famous patrons and an impressive CV behind him. Born in Canada, Kelvin Cheung talks to Gary Mehigan about lockdown life in India, the influence of his mixed heritage on his food and how his father's legacy still follows him wherever he goes.

55:25

EP01 - S6

6 Jan 21


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