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Allan Campion

If money was no object where would you eat tonight - would you order?

I would book the private dining room at Attica to enjoy the degustation menu and matched wines with 11 fellow food-lovers. Attica, 74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea.

Standout (affordable) restaurant dish you ordered recently?

Orecchiette, cauliflower, saffron at Rosa’s Kitchen ($22.00), Punch Lane, Melbourne.

What was the best thing you cooked recently?

Definitely a chicken tagine with preserved lemon, green olives and chickpeas. 

What was the most outstanding bottle of wine you recently opened?

Bay of Fires cuvee rose – really stunning dry style wine from Tasmania.

What are the ‘can’t live without’ ingredients in your fridge?

Meredith Dairy goat cheese, parmigiano reggiano (wrapped in cheesecloth), Schultz milk and natural yoghurt, hand churned butter, free-range eggs, chilli jam, Phillippa’s single estate raspberry jam, Fat Yak pale ale and a bottle of sparkling red.

Favourite cookbooks/ wine books / food writers?

I love Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle and Julia Child, plus A Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden. 

A food store you wouldn't want to live without?

Oasis Bakery for awesome Middle Eastern ingredients. 9/993 North Road, Murrumbeena.

Best thing about living in Melbourne?

The thousands of super-talented chefs, bakers, gelati makers, pastry chefs, farmers,
who create world class food for me to enjoy without leaving my home town.

Newest kitchen skill you have learned?

More of a backyard skill really, tending to a vegetable patch and realising how amazing super fresh ingredients can be.

Something people may not know about you?

I was the chef for Melbourne Theatre Company from 1990 to 1995. Loved the daily interaction with talented actors, directors, set designers, playwrights and backstage crew.

What has been your best job in hospitality?

My current one as I get to hang out with amazing food and wine professionals all day long. In fact I think I have the best job in Melbourne!

Where do you love in regional Victoria?

Aireys Inlet (Great Ocean Road) for its perfect blend of beaches and forest.

Your favourite Melbourne breads?

Phillippa's organic boule, Baker D. Chirico fruit loaf.

Where would you bring a visiting food lover?

St Kilda Farmers Market to meet some of Victoria’s best growers and producers. This ranges from Mt Zero Olive Oil to Glenora Heritage Produce, Phillippa's Bread and Milawa chicken. 

Favourite time of year in Melbourne and why?

Summer when everyone goes on holiday and the roads are empty

Pastimes (other than enjoying food and wine)?

My balance to a life wrapped up in food and wine is to get active! I play tennis twice a week, plus occasional bike rides, fun runs, mountaineering and hikes at Wilsons Prom National Park. .

Favourite bar in town – and what you order there?

Recently enjoyed a visit to The Lui Bar (55th floor, Rialto Towers), awesome views across above Melbourne. Was working so simply enjoyed a chilled Peroni – next time Champagne! 

Favourite coffee spot in Melbourne – and your order?

Mr. Tulk (State Library) for a flat white or two.

Favourite breakfast spot - and what you have?

Love the toasted honey granola & poached rhubarb with vanilla yoghurt at Cumulus Inc, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Kitchen gadget that actually works?

Riedel glasses as they truly allow every wine to taste its very best.

Favourite ice-cream shop - and what you order?

Spring St. Grocery to enjoy a cone of fior de latte.

Favourite ingredients of summer, autumn, winter and spring?

Summer – tomatoes
Autumn – quinces
Winter – potatoes
Spring - mangoes

Where would you love to live for a year if you left Melbourne?

I would rent a home on the Ile St. Louis so I could enjoy views over The Seine and rambles through the heart of ancient Paris. Even after 365 days I would still have more food stores, cafes, restaurants, markets, galleries and attractions to visit!

Best recent overseas holiday and why?

Vietnam, for the people, the food experiences and the history. Especially loved a fishing day on the Thu Bồn River near Hoi An where we learned how to cast nets and enjoyed the most amazing just-caught seafood ever.

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