Hi, My Name Is: Charley Snadden-Wilson

Published on April 26 2019.

Photo: Etta chef Charley Snadden-Wilson (credit: Kristoffer Paulsen)

Introducing the new chef at Brunswick East wine bar Etta.

Hi, My Name Is: Charley Snadden-Wilson

You might remember me from such establishments as Town Mouse, Embla and Ramblr.

My brief for my new gig is to make simple, delicious food that lends itself well to wine. Working with as many local suppliers as possible and cooking whatever is in season around me. While it might feel like something of a cliché, it’s really just common sense.

I’m passionate about cooking with fire. The idea of seasoning something with salt, fat and smoke has always resonated with me.

Which means I’ll be cooking things like grilled sugar cabbages, brick chickens and smoked-milk ice-cream. The hapuka on toast is my favourite. It’s hapuka that we’ve hot-smoked, flaked and preserved in olive oil. We put it on a croûton made with our bread, soak it in fermented tomato and fry it. It’s dressed with a little fermented tomato and black pepper.

I’d like you to come in and see us at Etta so you can have a good time, feel comfortable to just have a snack and some pasta, or get a bottle and let us sort the rest.

If there’s one thing you can’t leave without trying, it’s the pine mushroom and brown-butter cavatelli.

Want more? Follow Charley’s adventures on Instagram at @charley.snaddenwilson and stay up to date with what’s happening at Etta at @etta_melbourne.

Etta, 60 Lygon St, Brunswick East, ettadining.com.au, (03) 9448 8233.

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