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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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Matt Moran is right at home in the kitchen
KitchenAleesha Callahan

Matt Moran is right at home in the kitchen

Matt Moran certainly knows his way around a kitchen, but when he’s cooking at home, he seeks out a different vibe to the commotion of a commercial restaurant.


Celebrity chef Matt Moran is known for his culinary skills and creative dishes. From his award-winning restaurants to appearances on cooking shows, Moran has established himself as one of the most influential names when it comes to Australian cuisine.

Unsurprisingly, Moran’s home kitchen is equipped with the best possible tools to experiment and create. The bespoke and spacious kitchen in his Sydney home features French Lacanche appliances, a gas stove, wok, hot plate, two ovens and a purpose-built cool room. Off-setting it all is a single piece of large terrazzo on the polished concrete benchtop.

“I love to entertain and cook at home, but unlike the restaurants, I don’t want anyone around me,” shares Moran. He points out the different energy that comes from a commercial kitchen: “In the restaurant, I want to be surrounded by my team.”

With an already established mix of award-winning restaurants – Aria, Opera Bar, Chiswick, Chophouse – the chef has turned his attention to other projects including The Rockley pub in regional NSW. On a more personal note, he’s also building a farmhouse, which connects back to his roots and culinary farm-to-table philosophy.

It was an approach that came to life at two recent pop-up restaurants in Fiji, at Marriott Momi Bay and Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort. Moran and his expert team created a series of locally influenced dishes, embracing ingredients sourced from an on-site farm. The result is a signature interpretation of a ceviche-style dish. “We created a modern spin on Kokoda, which is a traditional dish using raw fish, coconut and citrus,” he says.

Whether it’s designing a signature dish or a bespoke kitchen at home, Moran brings his impeccable attention to detail and refined taste to everything he touches.

Matt Moran
mattmoran.com.au


About the Author

Aleesha Callahan

Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Habitus. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Aleesha seeks out the unique people, projects and products that define the Indo Pacific region. Aleesha was previously the editor of Indesignlive.com and has written and contributed to various publications and brands in her 10 years in the architecture and design industry, bringing intimate insight to her stories having first trained and practised as an interior designer. Her passion for mid-century design and architecture began while living and working in Berlin.

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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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