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Executive Head Chef Joanne Lee shares 30 years of Korean cooking secrets

Arisun Flatlay

Joanne Lee, the culinary mastermind behind Sydney’s renowned Korean venues Arisun and Butcher’s Buffet, boasts over 32 years of experience in the kitchen. We had the honour of enjoying her tutelage and discovering her secrets to making Korean cooking easy, and now we’ll share the recipes with you! As the Executive Group Chef for Wannian Alliance, Joanne has become a celebrated figure in the culinary world, blending traditional Korean flavours with modern twists. Born in South Korea and relocating to Australia in 2005, Joanne’s journey began in her family kitchen, where she discovered her passion for cooking. Her formal education at Kyung Hee Hotel College and subsequent positions at prestigious hotels in Seoul and Sydney have shaped her into the chef she is today. We recently had the pleasure of attending one of Joanne’s cooking classes, a delightful experience that offered a deep dive into Korean cuisine. Her philosophy of ‘soul food’—meals that are both nourishing and comforting—was evident in every dish we prepared. Joanne’s leadership and mentorship shine in her kitchens, fostering an environment of creativity and excellence. Joanne’s secret recipe: Japchae Serving Size: 2 Ingredients: Sweet Potato Noodles cooked | 360g Noodle Dressing | 30g Cooked Vegetables | 150g To Make Japchae Joanne’s expert touch and dedication to her craft make every meal at Arisun and Butcher’s Buffet a memorable experience. Her ability to blend tradition with innovation continues to delight diners and inspire aspiring chefs worldwide.

New Hill St Baking Mixes have just made at-home baking a breeze

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Baking doesn’t get any easier than this – even if you’re rubbish in the kitchen! Say hello to no-fuss baking with New Zealand baking company Hill St officially launching their collection of easy-to-use baking kits in Australia. Now there is no excuse not to bake up a storm AND have fun doing it! Available from Woolworths, the base range gives you the flexibility to make chocolate brownies, chocolate cake, scones, vanilla cake, biscotti, chocolate cookies and more! It’s the perfect solution to your next Sunday baking session. There are three easy to create recipes on the back of each pack, so it’s no one-trick pony. For instance, with the Vanilla Baking Mix, you can make a zesty lemon loaf, party cupcakes or a delicious vanilla cake.  Is dairy-free? As for your vegan or dairy-free friends, they’re covered as well, as the Hill St Base range is dairy-free and vegan, with options for allergies, intolerances, and dietary preferences.  The Hill St Base range is built on classic flavours that take you back to your childhood and includes Chocolate, Vanilla, Dough and Choc Chunk Cookie Baking Mix, as well as Kids Cupcake Baking Kits in Cosmic or Jungle themes.  Hill St is also committed to using clean, simple ingredients and single-ingredient foods that are mostly unprocessed, free of chemical additives and rich in nutrients. Their packaging is either recyclable or compostable with sustainably sourced materials.  The baking mixes start from $6.50 and are available exclusively in Woolworths.  If you’re looking for more inspo, head to the New… Read More

Get baked at Sydney’s newest pop-up event – The Big Bake

The Big Bake Sydney

We’re all looking for interesting and fun events to get us out of the house, so here’s one for Sydneysiders who don’t mind getting their fingers sticky while enjoying a cocktail or two.  From the team who brought us Floating Cinema, Bumper Cars on Ice, Beyond Cinema, and the Mad Hatters Tea Party, Viral Ventures has launched yet another innovative and fun pop-up event to keep us entertained.  It’s called The Big Bake and it’s currently running in the Sydney CBD until the end of April. This baking-themed event is the perfect way to spend a fun night out with a friend, a group of friends, or even as part of a corporate challenge. It runs for 90 minutes and during this time, you’ll be rolling your sleeves up bake, create, design & whisk (while sipping your cocktail when you’re not whisking eggs whites or combining your dry ingredients).  Before kicking off, you’ll receive a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival. There is a bar conveniently located right next to your kitchen workspace, so you and your friends can start a tab and enjoy some come cocktails during the session.  Also be prepared to participate in some hilarious games that will have your friends in stitches and grabbing their mobiles to capture the moment to unashamedly share on social.  Each Big Bake session offers multiple recipes to choose from and recipes change each week. You could be making cupcakes or custard tart one week, and mouthwatering salted caramel brownies and cheesecakes the next.  Tickets are… Read More

Join a KitchenAid colour of the year masterclass this February with all proceeds going to charity

KitchenAid Masterclass Sydney

We’re all looking for a positive spin on 2021 and this is the perfect way to kick it off.  KitchenAid first launched its iconic colour products in 1955. Ever since then, it has unveiled an annual KitchenAid ‘Colour of the Year’, with this year’s colour named Honey’ – a warm and rich hue with a golden-orange undertone, which radiates positivity and warmth. Sounds gorgeous, doesn’t it!  And to showcase the new, stunning ‘Honey’ products, KitchenAid is running three super fun Masterclasses in Sydney that will appeal to the sweet tooth, the savoury lover and the stylist looking for inspiration for their next dinner party.  For the sweet tooth: February 24 2021 This class is all about sweetness, with baking queen, Katherine Sabbath. Armed with Aussie icons Tim Tam and Choc Ripple, she’ll teach you how to pull together a Tim Tam and Choc Ripple dessert while you also learn how to master KitchenAid’s suite of kitchen appliances.  For those who prefer savoury: February 25 2021 This masterclass is a savoury-themed session, presented by Harris Farm and KitchenAid In-House Maker, Belinda Gazzard. You’ll learn how to create easy to master savoury dishes that will nourish your body and bring joy to your taste buds whilst celebrating local produce. Plus of course, you’ll also learn how to master KitchenAid’s suite of kitchen appliances For the budding stylist: February 26 2021 This class is all about learning how to style your next dinner party. Interior Designer Steve Cordony and catering extraordinaire Amanda Cordony will teach you how to… Read More