Mission Australia’s Charcoal Lane restaurant plates up native cuisine for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
A mural worth a thousand words
Wander through the streets of Melbourne's creative hub, Fitzroy, and no doubt you'll stumble upon some intriguing street art. Now, a vibrant new mural by Gunnai Waradgerie man Robert Young is a welcome addition to the suburb's colourful cultural landscape. Bringing to life the exterior of Mission Australia's social-enterprise restaurant, Charcoal Lane, the artwork shares the story of the region's Aboriginal roots.
Call for a fairer share of bush tucker pickings
Rayleen Brown was perturbed that Aboriginal women who scour the desert for days in search of bush tomatoes were paid a pittance for their gruelling work.
The desert fruit has nourished Indigenous people for millennia – raw, dried or rolled into tangy, sticky balls. But as chefs and artisan producers cottoned on to bush foods and the industry took off, the women who picked bush tomatoes were not seeing the benefits. ‘‘There’s not enough protection around these plants. A lot of the women... really don’t know a lot about what happens to it later, ’Ms Brown said.
Three young guns get chance to learn from Redzepi
The National Indigenous Culinary Institute has been instrumental in placing its young chefs in some of the country’s top restaurants, and now three from the program are about to join the ranks at Noma Australia, the 10-week pop-up that sold out in four minutes. The chance to work with world-renowned chef Rene Redzepi is, for many chefs, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.