Published on 5 March 2020
MFWF: What’s first thing you want to do when you touch down in Melbourne?
Take a nap. No! I’ll probably get a coffee.
Jess Ho, Time Out: Which MFWF talent would you most like to cook for and why?
I’m gonna say Helen Goh. She seems really nice.
MFWF: What’s the dish you’re best known for?
The Stew. Or anything with “The” in the name.
Fleur Studd, Market Lane Coffee: Who inspires you?
Anyone who loves what they do.
Sofia Levin, food writer: What’s something original you’ve received from a dinner party guest?
I don’t really get gifts that much, except for the requisite bottle of wine, which I always appreciate. Somebody brought me a plant once; that was nice.
Alice Zaslavsky, food writer: What was your first pitch to the New York Times?
I don’t remember my first pitch, but my first assignment was a guide to making pancakes. For me the key is using coconut oil for the frying. And the batter should be looser than you think.
MFWF: Which of these Melburnians do you relate most closely to: (a) Nick Cave (b) Chris Hemsworth (c) Courtney Barnett (e) Olivia Newton-John (f) Flea?
I’d like to say that I’m a Courtney Barnett, but honestly, I’m more an Olivia Newton-John. Circa Physical. Or Xanadu.
Catch Alison on the Asko Main Stage as part of Shed X Talks on Saturday 21 March, Queen Victoria Market, Queen St, Melbourne. Entry is free. More information here.
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