MasterChef Australia's Gary Mehigan Lets Us In On His Travel Secrets

His idea of travel, his food bucket list and more--fellow travel Chef Gary Mehigan spills all
MasterChef Australia's Gary Mehigan Lets Us In On His Travel Secrets
MasterChef Australia's Gary Mehigan Lets Us In On His Travel Secrets

OT Staff Do you like to travel for food
Gary&nbspMehigan I&rsquove travelled a lot&mdashI&rsquove been to Korea, Laos, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Greece, and most of it has been for food. Actually, I don&rsquot think I&rsquove been anywhere that wasn&rsquot for food. I&rsquoll go to Tuscany to visit the chocolate factory I like to visit Rome for Parma ham and buffalo cheese, and if I happen to see the Colosseum too, that&rsquos awesome.

OT Staff &nbspThe farthest you have travelled to eat something new...
Gary&nbspMehigan Matt [Preston], George [Calombaris] and I are going on a trip, and we&rsquove written down eight restaurants we want to visit in the world. The ones furthest away are Central Restaurante and Maido in Lima, Peru. This will be my first time in South America, so I&rsquom quite excited

OT Staff&nbspDoes travelling add a lot to your experience as a chef
Gary&nbspMehigan Absolutely. I think it&rsquos essential. Every time I get on a plane, a boat or a bike and go somewhere different, I discover something new. It can be in a kitchen in someone&rsquos home, at a roadside stall or even at a top restaurant. That is the pleasure of travelling. Now, I can afford to travel, and luckily, my job takes me all over the world too.

OT Staff&nbspWhat do you think is the latest food trend
Gary&nbspMehigan&nbspI think what&rsquos happening around the world is that chefs, whether in India, America or Australia, are trying to find local, sustainable ingredients. In terms of trends, that&rsquos one that I think makes sense.

OT Staff&nbspWhat&rsquos the next big cuisine
Gary&nbspMehigan&nbspI&rsquod like to say that regional Indian cuisines are the next big thing. They are largely untapped. We talk about some of the cutting-edge restaurants in India, and most of what they are doing, the rest of the world hasn&rsquot seen yet.

OT Staff&nbspWhat are your favourite Indian dishes What elements would you borrow from the cuisine
Gary&nbspMehigan I love south Indian food, the clarity and lightness of some of the dishes, as opposed to the north Indian dishes that we are used to in Australia. However, I&rsquom also very fond of galouti spices. The rose petal or the black pepper translate very well into some softer cooking. Take a French dish, put some Indian spices in them, and it makes sense. For example, I made a boudin blanc, a French sausage, and I used a galouti spice with mushrooms in it. It was delicious. We also made hummus out of hara channa and green cardamom, and loved it. It&rsquos little things like that.

OT Staff&nbspHow do you use platforms like Instagram as a chef
Gary&nbspMehigan&nbspIt&rsquos a fascinating medium. It helps me follow chefs from all over the world. The inspiration and transfer of ideas and techniques is instantaneous. I also love how people engage with me. When I post a photo with ingredients, people from all over comment, and give me tips &ldquodo this&rdquo, &ldquodip it in batter&rdquo, and I think&mdashthat&rsquos a good idea

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