Voted by TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential People of 2010, chef David Chang knows a thing or two about opening a knock-out restaurant. This week Belinda Aucott spoke to the head chef of Chang's Sydney operation Ben Greeno about life making Korean fusion food Down Under
Fresh from New York City, Chang is currently expanding his world famous noodle shops in key locations, Lucky for Sydney then that this explansion coincided with the $860 million redevelopment of the Star City Casino, which has just undergone a $860 million redevelopment comes complete with Chang’s Momofuku Seiōbo.
Chang’s Momofuku Seiōbo is now headed up by Ben Greeno, who recently came from Noma in Copenhagen. This week Habitus talks to Greeno about sourcing local sustainable and responsible food from farmers about how the opportunity to re-create Chang’s signature Korean-American flavours down under came about.
long have you been in Sydney? Since July 2011.
you do time at any of Chang’s restaurants in New York?
I work at all the Momofukus before I came to Australia, with the longest stint
did you first come into contact with Momofuku?
I met Dave at Noma a few years back and we kept
in touch after that. I even staged at Ko. Then we met again in 2010 when he was
in town for Identità London. We were talking about life and girlfriends. I told
him my girlfriend (who’s Australian) and I were both looking to move to
Australia. He said he had a job for me.
A year later, here I am.
there any special areas of cooking that are really inspiring you at the moment?
Australian seafood and produce has been amazing to work with. That’s where we
get our inspiration right now.
have the reactions to the food been like from critics and punters?
been lucky in that the response has been positive. But we can always be better.
is Sydney’s China town holding up as far as servicing your food?
amazing. We get a lot of our dry goods from Chinatown, like sausage, dry
do you eat when you want to kick back and relax with friends?
Duke Bistro and Ms. G’s
80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
(02) 9777 9000