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