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Taste of Young Sydney

There’s a storm a-brewin’ in Sydney’s restaurant scene, with culinary kicks from the city’s creative kids.

“When are you next generation going to stop talking about how you can do things better, and do something about it yourselves?”

This was the question asked by Sydney Morning Herald senior writer Helen Greenwood to young Flinders Inn chef, Morgan McGlone. Morgan’s answer: “Good point”.

Morgan went on to speak to Fooderati’s Melissa Leong and together they “hatched a plan” and Taste of Young Sydney [TOYS] was born – bringing together Sydney’s young creative chefs and restaurateurs to put on ‘pop-up’ dinners.


“So many of our friends are doing amazing things,” explains Melissa, “some of them as the head chefs of iconic Sydney establishments where they’re bound by a certain aesthetic that, while amazing, is not completely their own.”

“This presented an opportunity to showcase something unencumbered by the expectations of a certain style and restaurant legacy, but instead take their skills, inspiration and ambition to present a different offering.”


[TOYS] has already held two very successful themed dinners; the first, ‘PHAT’ and the second ‘SKIN AND BONES’ creating some amazing and experimental delights.


Each of the chefs involved creates a course for the degustation menu, and each also must collaborate with the [TOYS] music crew to create a soundtrack to their course (so cool!).

The next dinner is coming up as part of the Sydney International Food Festival and will see the group take over the White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale on 12 October 2010, delivering a menu around the theme ‘BUBBLES’. It’s $95 per person and you can book here.

The ‘BUBBLES’ line-up:

Monty Koludrovic (Becasse), Annemarie Rodrigo (Bistrode), Tomislav Martinovic (Tomislav) & sommelier Richard Hargreave (Bilson’s)… alongside Morgan McGlone (Flinders Inn) & Dan Hong (Lotus), sommelier Banjo Harris-Plane (Est.), cocktails by Luke Ashton (The Corner House), Mitch O. Bushell (NYC).


Taste of Young Sydney

Photography: Maja Baska and Nathalie Swainston



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