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Meet our team of food experts.
Aflock of food luminaries is gathering at a photo studio on a winter’s morning. Chefs Matt Moran and Shannon Bennett are first to arrive and fall into animated conversation. They’re followed by feisty chef Colin Fassnidge, who roars in on a motorbike, and breezy TV personality Hayden Quinn, who Snapchats while he waits. When jovial Masterchef Australia host Matt Preston materialises, the mood in the room becomes even livelier. Italian authority Silvia Colloca is the final member of the distinguished group to arrive, but only because she did the school run.
At delicious. on Sunday we believe you can never have too many cooks (or chefs) in the kitchen. That’s the rationale behind assembling an all-star culinary team for our new section in Stellar. Every Sunday, our food fraternity, among the biggest names in the industry and longtime contributors to delicious., will be sharing their take on cooking at home. These are the dishes they prepare for their families and friends: simple yet sensual, impressive yet effortless, cost-effective yet richly flavoured. The goal is to inspire with collectible, accessible meal plans for the working week. “People may not realise this but when chefs cook at home they make it as easy as possible,” says Fassnidge, the Irish powerhouse known for his nose-to-tail approach, his Sydney restaurant 4Fourteen
and appearances on My Kitchen Rules. Fassnidge has a masterful way with meat. Off the clock, the 43-year-old also has two kids with wife Jane Hyland.
“We gravitate to easygoing recipes that have maximum flavour, and that’s what I’ll be doing for delicious. on Sunday.”
Moran, 47, is one of the country’s most respected chefs, the tireless talent behind restaurants including Aria Sydney, Aria Brisbane and Chiswick, and a champion of seasonal and local produce. Yet for all his acclaim, he loves home cooking.
“I appreciate food that people can reproduce in their own kitchens,” he says. He’s also a dad with two kids.
“But it’s still really fresh, amazing and eye-popping. You shouldn’t have to be a chef to cook any of my dishes. And that’s what I love about this team, that we all offer something unique.”
Each member of the dos squad brings a distinct point of view. Bennett, 40, the visionary behind Melbourne’s Vue de monde, has a classical background. Yet as a father of six, and husband to actress Madeleine West, he also has a knack for crowd-pleasing, family-friendly recipes.
“I’ll be offering practical solutions for time-strapped people,” he says. His first meal plan focuses on 30-minute dishes that include ingredients such as lamb and snapper (see next page).
Preston, 52, author, journalist and famous fashion plate, is a polymath in a bespoke suit. As anyone who has seen him on television is aware, the EnglishAustralian bon vivant dispenses food advice with wit and a global sensibility informed by extensive travels. But Preston, who has three children with wife Emma, is no food snob.
“delicious. was the first magazine to recognise that home entertaining wasn’t just for women with big hair who lived in Toorak and Double Bay,” he says. “It promotes the idea that good food can be made with everyday ingredients. delicious. on Sunday will be a natural continuation of that theme.”
And Colloca, 39, might be a trained mezzo-soprano but her approach to Italian food is down-to-earth.
“I want to bring something a little bit different each time, whether it’s midweek dinners for busy people to more opulent dishes that you would be proud to serve at a weekend dinner party,” she says. The raven-haired Italian beauty and cookbook author, known for the 2014 series Made In Italy With Silvia Colloca, infuses traditional fare with a modern, seductive twist.
Hayden Quinn, at 29, is our youngest contributor. He burst onto the scene as a contestant on Masterchef Australia in 2011. Since then he’s become a TV regular, has co-authored cookbooks and even launched a gym and a wine brand with friends. Along with Dan Churchill, Quinn hosts Surfing The Menu: Next Generation.
“I like food that is healthy and fuels my busy body,” says the former lifeguard and avid surfer.
Pondering his peers, Quinn says: “I always feel nervous when I am with this group – they are such amazing chefs with incredible careers.”
Aside from Preston, who’s penning a weekly column, we’ll be rotating our team every week.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what Matt (Moran) brings to delicious.,” says Colloca. The pair are longstanding friends. Moran, his wife Sarah and their children regularly holiday with Colloca, her husband actor Richard Roxburgh and their kids.
“She’s the best cook I have ever met,” Moran says with affection.
They are renowned chefs and home cooks, authors and entrepreneurs. They are Italian, Irish, English and Australian. And, as our shoot attests, they are fans of each other’s work. Surveying the group, Colloca smiles playfully. “I have a group of naughty boys here,” she says. They all crack up.
“When chefs cook at home they make it as easy as possible”