EFFERVESCENT foodie Sally Lynch is rediscovering her roots in the North East.
Having moved to Beechworth from Brisbane early in 2016, Lynch has been working at hatted restaurant Provenance and food icon Project 49.
Raised on a farm at Peechelba, near Yarrawonga, Lynch became a chef quite by accident.
She was studying in Melbourne and working part-time at a cafe when the chef didn’t turn up for work.
“I found out I could cook and I loved it!” she said.
She started catering for film crews in Melbourne’s inner south before setting up small restaurants at South Yarra hotels.
This led to Ridgeydidge, a home delivery service of gourmet meals, and the conversion of an old butcher shop at Bentleigh into a funky cafe and cooking school called The Spotted Dog.
During 2002 Lynch moved to Brisbane and started The Loaded Larder, a production kitchen developing dips and tapenade for export to Asia and the Middle East.
“I started Taste Trekkers in 2007 as a cooking school and offering food tours to Spain,” she said.
Taste Trekkers will cater for a New Year’s Eve lunch at Valhalla Wines.
Lynch will also operate a pop-up shop, The Brunchery, at Beechworth Honey Discovery during January.
It will open seven days, 9am to 2pm.
What's your favourite dish?
Soup. Rice kanji, I'm obsessed with soup.
What are the staples in your pantry?
Fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, pepper – about 10 types – and salt.
What's the biggest product discovery you have made in cooking?
Massel stock powder. Every chef has a dirty little secret, mine is using Massel stock powder to cook potatoes for mash.
What's your secret vice?
Wine. I'm discovering all of the wine around Beechworth.
What is your most unforgettable meal and where?
A mushroom in a paddock near Perth. It was cooked simply in olive oil and herbs and we ate it under a tree about 15 years ago.
What's your favourite cooking utensil?
What's in your kitchen toolkit?
I have heaps of Japanese knives. A shredder for papaya, carrots and daikon.
What did you have for dinner last night?
Chocolate brownies. It's a busy time of year, I grabbed something on the run.
What are you drinking?
North East wine.
Sally of Taste Trekkers,
Phone: 0408 321 822