Master the art of cooking with online lessons from a pro

Welcome to the era of #quarantinecuisine. Top NSW chefs and restaurants are doing their bit to ensure that we all use our time at home wisely to improve our skills in the kitchen. See what chefs around the state are serving up and recreate these dishes at home.

Danielle Alvarez, Head Chef at Fred’s, Paddington

Known for her wholesome, careful approach to sustainable and local produce, Danielle has turned to Instagram to share achievable, useful recipes using pantry staples. Examples include a spicy coconut, butternut and lime soup, and a brown butter apple cake. Visit her Instagram highlight reels for some dinner inspiration.

Matteo Zamboni, Executive Chef at Jonah’s, Whale Beach

You’d expect that the Italian-born executive chef at Jonah’s at Whale Beach would be a pro when it comes to pasta, and you’re not wrong. If you want to up your home-made pasta game, check out Matteo Zamboni’s Instagram page for his array of classic recipes, including pasta al pomodoro.

Source your produce

If you’re going to test your culinary skills, you’ll need some top quality fresh produce. Support the hospitality industry and order a food hamper filled with your favourite goodies, ingredients, wine – and even toilet paper!

  • Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant – this chic inner city bar and restaurant is now offering gourmet hampers including wine, cheese and cured meats.
  • nel. – the fine dining institution is offering a range of fresh produce boxes filled with quality ingredients and offer delivery all over Sydney. Head Chef Nelly Robinson has also kindly been arranging boxes for people in isolation who can’t otherwise purchase groceries.
  • Pomelo + Online now delivering to Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle, Pomelo + Online has curated food hampers including fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood, ready-made meals and an extensive range of alcohol available to order.
  • Dear Sainte Eloise – the much-loved wine bar in Potts Point is offering hampers (for pick-up only) that change weekly but will include a mix of fresh vegetables, freshly made pasta, cheese, bread and butter.
  • Sift Produce – supplying fresh boxes of seasonal fruit and veg to Sydney locals utilising produce from small farms using organic/biodynamic practices around NSW. As an added bonus, the produce box also comes with suggested recipes and tips by young chef Abby Kitchen. Boxes are available for pick up at Feather and Bone in Marrickville.
  • Bogey Hole Cafe – if fresh fruit and veg is what you’re after, this Bronte institution is a must. The produce boxes are available in three sizes and delivery spans across the Eastern Suburbs.  
  • Clove Lane – this neighbourhood gem is offering survival hampers in two sizes, filled with a mix of grocery items such as toilet paper, fresh vegetables and fruit, pasta and wine as well as homemade sauces and pre-packaged meals. The boxes are available for pick up and staff will deliver them to your car.
  • Sixpenny – the three-hat favourite is working with a community of excellent growers and producers in NSW to create a weekly hamper of fruit, vegetables, cheese, milk, eggs and their own pancake mix. Pick up is available on Wednesday afternoons or Saturday mornings.
Sift Produce - Image Credit Georgie Neal