Kylie Kwong and Kitchen by Mike team up for art’s sake
When it comes to the amount of thought, detail and blood, sweat and tears that goes into each creation, the culinary arts are not that different from the visual arts. Chefs are as obsessed with their tools and the quality of materials as much as artists, they often rise up in hostile environments and cut-throat industries, they're both always exhausted from burning the candle at both ends, and their critics? Savage.
So with that in mind, it makes sense that a prestigious art fair like Sydney Contemporary would curate a menu as visually, emotionally and sensorily stimulating as the art hung on its halls. This year, the fair has paired up with Kylie Kwong of Billy Kwong and Mike McEnearney of Kitchen by Mike and No. 1 Bent St Sydney, to head up the epic foodie offering.
Drawing on her Chinese-Australian roots, using both native Australian and Asian ingredients Kwong will be plating up some of Billy Kwong's cult-status dishes, including the delicious Cantonese-style fried rice, steamed savoury pancakes with fried egg, cucumber, pickled carrot, fresh beansprouts, caramel-soy sauce with herbs, tuna tartare (with her special recipe vinaigrette) and the bucket-list-worthy Chinese pickles and chilli sauce (and more) - all crafted with Kwong's organic, locally-grown, biodynamic produce-only approach, naturally.
Whereas, McEnearney will arrive guns blazing with an indulgent crispy pork belly and piccalilli relish, signature roast chicken with za'atar and harissa offset with Kitchen By Mike's mouth wateringly fresh salads - including the canteen's epic cabbage, apple and walnut slaw and watermelon, heirloom tomato and mint salads.
Of course, to help take the edge of sensory overload or to help you decide whether you need to ropping Art Money on a big purchase (tip: you should), Glenfiddich and Petaluma wines will be serving drinks from their pop up bars. Come for the fair, stay for the food and don't forget to keep an eye out for roaming performance art while you dine.
Sydney Contemporary, September 7-10 Carriageworks, Sydney
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