The AussieCuisine Project

What is Aussie cuisine?

Ask anyone their opinion and you are likely to get answers ranging from “I don’t know” to “I know it when I taste it” and everything in between.

In our most recent Gault&Millau Australia review of dining establishments in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, more than 300 restaurants indicated that they serve “Contemporary Australian Cuisine”, but most were unable to give us an informative explanation or even the defining characteristics of such a cuisine. It was this lack of a clear answer that gave birth to the AussieCuisine project.

There is no doubt that the past 25 years have seen the food offered in Australian restaurants and on our tables at home change considerably. Over this time, a new food culture evolved in which quality and variety – in contrast to an earlier focus on quantity – became important to many Australians. And while trends and food fashions are ever-changing, not only in Australia but in all the world’s major culinary centres, it is clear that there are certain key pillars on which our “AussieCuisine” is based.

Our Mission

To define the current cultural cuisine of Australia whilst acknowledging its past and offer guidance for its future. To advocate its values domestically and internationally by providing vested industries a clear identity to promote the vast and talented culinary landscape within Australia.

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The AussieCuisine project is a non-profit educational website, which reproduces third party material with appropriate acknowledgement for research and educational purposes only. Any concerns or questions about this policy should be referred to carolina@arbonpublishing.com.

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Latest posts

Coya: Setting up a restaurant from scratch

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Chef Saleh believes that ‘if you provide good food and good service, you don't have to worry about the your restaurant business.’ Setting up a restaurant may be a [...]

Grills and pavlovas

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Ryland claims that Australian cuisine is ‘an aggregation of recipes, styles and techniques from all over the world, using a wide range of fresh and original ingredients.’ He refers [...]

Remembering Thomas Mort’s 1875 picnic, where guests ate food frozen and defrosted

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Thomas Sutcliffe Mort was an English-born auction entrepreneur based in Sydney, who envisioned the transport of perishable Australian produce to Britain. He had financed the development of a freezing [...]

Australian gin brands: more than 100 and rising fast

August 9th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine 'Australia is experiencing a gin boom led by small distilleries intent on creating a flavour profile distinct of their region and backed by drinkers open to exploring local spirits [...]

What Is Australian Cuisine?

August 1st, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine As chef Mitch Orr points out, ‘Australian cuisine is constantly evolving and I don’t think it’s definable’, however there are some recurrent topics. One subject identified by the author [...]

Why Australian coffee is the best in the world – and where to drink it

July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Aussies are obsessed with the perfect cup of coffee (and the perfect cafe style breakfast). The unique Aussie coffee culture developed from cafes firstly established in Australia by Greek [...]

The convict ration

July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine The convicts’ diet at Hyde Park barracks between the 1820s and 1840s provides us a snapshot of the harsh environment of the early Australian settlers. Food was regarded as a [...]

Inside Brae: Dan Hunter on sustainability, Australian ingredients and the pressure of being at the top

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Chef Dan Hunter has been developing a “strong, identifiable cuisine that is only Australian” in his Victorian award-winning restaurant Brae. In search of Australia’s own culinary identity, Australian chefs [...]

The Word in the Kitchen

We are speaking with some of the industry’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and producers what “Aussie Cuisine” means to them.

Q&A with Chef Damien Styles

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Chef Styles believes that Australian chefs are free to be creative when cooking as ‘we [Australian chefs] have access to almost every ingredient available worldwide, and due to us [...]

Q&A with Chef Pierre Khodja

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Chef Khodja believes that produce plays an important role in the development of Australian cuisine: ‘produce is paramount to what we know as Australian cuisine. Freshness and quality is [...]

Q&A with Chef Ashraf Saleh

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine ‘My Middle-Eastern heritage has played a big part in the dishes that I have created. The memory from my childhood of running through bazaars and spice markets with my [...]

Q&A with Chef Clinton McIver

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Australian processed food, beverage and fresh produce are valued and highly sought after in the world, in particular in China. Being the world’s most populated country and the second [...]

Aussie food in the media

“Australia is one of the world’s great culinary destinations. Beautiful fresh local produce, talented chefs creating innovative cuisine, fantastic authentic ethnic food, superb markets and gourmet specialty food shops, and much more make Australia a tantalizing country to visit.”
“If you ask me, the answer is much simpler: it’s what ordinary people cook at home, whether it’s bolognese, stir-fry or a humble roast.”

“I think the attitudes are changing about Australian food, myself and other chefs have been chasing that and I think Australia is being recognised a bit more now as a place for foodies.”

Chef Jock Zonfrillo, Daily Telegraph. 26/09/2015
“…I think the Australian chef has to get close with the farmer, the fisherman, the cheesemakers. Start with primitivism – so cooking with fire – and after that, you start adding technique and creating new dishes, or reinterpreting – through a contemporary mind – plates that are part of growing up. Like that, you create a new Australian cuisine.”

“Australian cuisine reflects our unique land where you can grow just about any product. It’s a modern society drawing on multicultural influences. We’re able to interpret with freedom and an open mind.”

Chef Peter Gilmore, Quay Restaurant

“What is Australian cuisine is the biggest question I’m ever asked. I think it’s this influence of everyone around us, especially in the way we cook. I think we are all immigrants in this country at some stage or another. People have brought their skills, but Australian cuisine for me is being individual, using what we have in this country.”

Chef Martin Benn , Sepia Restaurant

“Australian cuisine presents an opportunity to create something unique based on a bounty of native ingredients, dedicated producers and multicultural influences.”

Chef Lennox Hastie, Firedoor Restaurant