The full program for Shed X Talks

Published on 4 March 2020

Photo: Saint Peter chef Josh Niland, one of the stars appearing at Shed X Talks (credit: Rob Palmer)

See who’s headlining the Asko Main Stage at Queen Victoria Market as part of Shed X Talks, the festival’s program of free talks and demonstrations by top chefs from Australia and the world.

What are the Shed X Talks?

Fans of the festival will be familiar with MasterClass and the Theatre of Ideas. This year, you get both for the bargain price of absolutely nothing. That’s right, all our talks at Shed X are completely free in 2020.

Come down to Queen Victoria Market on any weekend of the festival and swing by Shed X (that’s Shed C to regular market-goers) to see some of your favourite chefs in action. There’s Karen Martini sharing her secrets to an easy yet impressive crab pasta, Nothing Fancy author Alison Roman destressing the ritual of entertaining, and Matt Preston and Sam Pang showing you a real-time ragu, capturing every splash of oil and stir of the pot along the way. It all kicks off on Saturday 21 March.

And if you just happen to be at the market, browsing the apples and the onions, take a detour past the Main Stage – you won’t regret it.

Hang on, so the talks are absolutely free?

You got it. Just show up to the session you want to see and take a seat. There are no bookings or tickets required. Better yet, stick around for a while and you could find a new favourite chef who rocks your world.

How long are the talks?

Every talk runs for half an hour. These are short, sharp sessions designed so you’ll walk away with an ingenious new way to think about lamb or a fresh perspective on Australia’s food scene today.

When are they happening?

Every weekend of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (19-29 March), we’ll be at the market with our guest chefs taking the stage.

Saturday 21 March, 11am-5.15pm
Sunday 22 March, 11am-4.45pm
Saturday 28 March, 11am-4.45pm

Show me the program.

Saturday 21 March
Hosts: Cam Smith and Pat Nourse
Alison Roman - How to Have People Over
Michael Solomonov - How to Sabich with Soul
Pamela Clark - How to Ice a Cake
Ignacio Mattos - How We Tartare
O Tama Carey - How to Build a Curry
Anna Kelly and Doug Piper - How to Make More of a Lamb
Josh Niland - How to Work Beyond the Fillet

Sunday 22 March
Hosts: Alice Zaslavsky and Tony Tan
Scott Pickett and Paul Crock - How to Beef Better
Rishi Naleendra - How Sri Lankan Food Works
Helen Goh - How to Make the Sweet stripe cake
Ed Verner - How to Up Your Grill Game
Victor Liong - How to Sichuan your Eggplant
Neil Perry - How to Fire-Water your Beef
Fuchsia Dunlop - How to Ma Po Tofu
Tina Li - How to Dainty Your Sichuan

Saturday 28 March
Hosts: Matt Preston, Sam Pang and Kerrie McCallum
Matt Preston & Sam Pang - How to Bolognese the Matt Preston Way
Caterina Borsato and Marcello Mariani - How to Master Filled Pasta
Karen Martini - How Easy is Crab Pasta?
Scott Pickett - How to Roll Your Own
Andreas Papadakis - How to Carbonara
Francesco Rota - How to Make Ravioli Del Plin
Pasi Petänen - How XO sauce meets Rigatoni
Matt and Sam’s Bolognese moment of truth

What else is happening at Queen Victoria Market?

So much! We’ve got more free events on the weekends, including The Big Spaghetti and Sichuan Snack Fair, a retail store open every day featuring limited-edition snacks from restaurants, bakeries and others around town, plus events after dark including a plant-based party unlike any other, a sit-down Middle Eastern dinner featuring five star chefs, and a day of talks led by Attica chef Ben Shewry to close the festival on Sunday 29 March. See all our events at the market.


Shed X Talks take place on the Asko Main Stage at Queen Victoria Market, Queen St, Melbourne on 21, 22 and 28 March. Entry is free, no tickets or bookings are required (except for Attica Presents on Sunday 29 March).