Samuel Yeo - Chef of the Mopnth September 2016

1. Your restaurant/business:
Black Star Pastry.

2. Describe your kitchen:
I work in a small pastry kitchen tucked away in Newtown, some have described it as a hobbit hole but I'd prefer to call it cosy.

3. Favourite Chef Works item and why:
Springfield zipper chef jacket as they are very comfortable.

4. First Job:
Apprentice at Stamford Hotel North Ryde.

5. Your cookbook:
Korean notebook written in my handwriting only decipherable by me.

6. Your awards/achievements:
Winner of best overall apprentice at Ryde TAFE 1999.

7. Your cooking inspiration:
Usually I'm inspired by seasonal ingredients and forms in nature or architecture.

8. Your speciality dish:
Handcrafted mini Pavlova filled with saffron custard & topped with blood orange.

9. Favourite dish to eat:
Ramen from Gumshara in Chinatown.

10. Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten:
Dried crickets.

11. Favourite ice cream flavour:
Coconut sorbet for its flavour and also because of its silky texture and mouthfeel.

12. Favourite drink:
Archie Rose gin martini from Archie Rose distillery in Rosebery, our next door neighbours.

13. Favourite wine:
Riesling from Mosel region in Germany.

14. Who would you most like to cook for:
My family as they really appreciate the rare times when I actually cook at home.

15. Who would you least like to cook for:
People who don't appreciate quality food.

16. Favourite things to do outside of the kitchen:
Being outdoors such as hitting the beach, bushwalks and playing Ingress

17. Your latest project:
Developing a wedding cake based on espresso martini.

18. Favourite city and why:
Sydney. Best place to be!

19. Your greatest indulgence:
Mary's (in Newtown) fried chicken dunked in their mash potato & gravy.

20. Your all-time best culinary tip:
Clean up after yourself at all times. Your clothes, work bench and floors should be spotless.