Where the chefs eat | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Where the chefs eat

Ever wondered what the professional foodies eat? After a long day in the kitchen, where does someone who spends their working hours looking at food, preparing food and watching other people eat their food go to indulge in a bite that their hands didn’t contribute to one bit? We wonder all the time, so we hit up a few of our favourite chefs around town and asked them – where do you go to eat when you don’t have to do the cooking?

Jerome Dalton | Dalton Hospitality + USA BBQ & Bourbon Bar

Favourite breakfast: Pearl Cafe in Wooloongabba Favourite dinner: E’cco Bistro and Stokehouse Favourite takeaway: The no name Chinese BBQ in Wickham street. Best crispy pork in Brisbane! Favourite place to take the kids: Spaghetti House in South Bank for pizza Where you go for a special occasion: Wasabi in Noosa Secret shame: Servo pie – especially lukewarm and covered with BBQ sauce.

Dominique Rizzo | Putia Pure Food Kitchen

Favourite breakfast: Jam 4012 in Nundah – love their combinations of breakfast dishes as there is always something different! Favourite dinner: Gerard’s Bistro in Fortitude Valley Favourite takeaway: My favourite Japanese takeaway is Hosokawa on Racecourse Road. Favourite place to take the kids: Eat Street Markets Where you go for a special occasion: Tartufo at Emporium Secret shame: Fish and chips at Trawler Fresh Seafoods in Virginia – their potato scallops are gorgeously deep fried and crispy.

Paul McGiven | The Wolfe

Favourite breakfast: Harvey’s Bar and Bistro Favourite dinner: 1889 Enoteca Favourite take away: Indian at A Night in India Favourite place to take the kids: Fish and chips on the beach Where you go for a special occasion: Moda Secret shame: Meat pies!! Especially after midnight.

Nims | The Jam Pantry

Favourite breakfast: Monday mornings at Plenty because they give good hugs. Favourite dinner: For fast and fab – The Three Little Piggies Pizza with fried polenta and their mixed leaf salad with a gorgeous palm sugar dressing at Vespa, Wooloongabba. For slow and honest – The Servery at Pearl Cafe. Favourite takeaway: Fish and chips in the park from Swampdog. Favourite place to take the kids: My daughter Miriam has eclectic tastes and loves a browse through the Paddington Antique Centre followed by scones and tea at the in-house cafe. Where you go for a special occasion: Montrachet – always classy, never intrusive. Secret Shame: Whiskey shots and beer chasers when I’m done up to the nines.

Katie Zahner | Loaded Food Co.

Favourite breakfast: The guys up at Plum Tucker do a top notch feed, but I do love to get down the coast to The Paddock as much as possible. We return with our suspension under strain from over eating, but it is worth it! Favourite dinner: Gerard’s Bistro – go there, ask for food (nicely) = all dreams come true. Favourite takeaway: Sing Sing at West End – pho followed by crispy pork and prawn pancake. They know my order by the sound of my voice. Where you go for a special occasion: Stokehouse. Cocktails, food and that view? Take my credit card! Favourite place to take the kids: Sunnybank or Inala Civic Centre. Great food and culture. And noisy children are happily tolerated. Secret shame: I only do this at home where the only judging eyes are from my family – fried mince with chilli and kewpie. I will confess nobody else in the house finds this meal remotely appealing, but I know more than a few chefs that will smash this for a feed. When the professionals say it’s good – you know it’s good. Except for maybe the meat pies – we’ll leave that one to them.