Amy Hamil­ton

Chef and co-owner of Gourmet Trav­eller’s Bar of The Year, Lib­erté. Also har­bours School of Rock am­bi­tions.

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Quick Meals -

Amy Hamil­ton knows a riff or two and con­sid­ers the gui­tar a pic­nic essen­tial. At least for a Lib­erté staff out­ing: “so we could tor­ture nearby pic­nic peo­ple,” she jokes. When they’re not re­spon­si­ble for or­ders of gar­lic crab noo­dles and fried Brus­sels sprouts, most mem­bers of her bri­gade play in­stru­ments. “We have a run­ning joke about form­ing the Lib­erté kitchen band. Our set list is com­posed of great takes on clas­sics rewrit­ten to themes and food items we find amus­ing – we all sing dur­ing ser­vice.” If mu­si­cal jams aren’t your ac­tual jam, she sug­gests a “trashy” clas­sic, like a spinach cob loaf, for your pic­nic and keep­ing your food prep “as sim­ple and as min­i­mal as pos­si­ble”.

Clock­wise from top left Tan­gle­wood TWJPE Java Par­lour gui­tar, $799, from Down­town Mu­sic Syd­ney. Vin­tage Esky, from Lu­na­tiques. Gen­tle­men’s Hard­ware out­door hur­ri­cane lamp, $56, from Asos. Vin­tage La­co­nia wool travel rug, $36.40, from Etsy. Vogue Eye­wear cat-eye sun­glasses, $202, from Asos. Con­ti­nen­tal Del­i­catessen green beans, $14. Pe­leg beerdy bot­tle opener, $20, from Top3 by De­sign. Cop­per cheese knives, $50 for set, from Wil­liams-Sonoma. Cole­man enamel plate, $4, from Ama­zon. Por­ta­ble retro tum­blers to go, $17.95, from Lat­est Buy. 8 Wired Cu­cum­ber Hippy Ber­liner Weisse, $29.99 for four, from Beer Car­tel.

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