New Zealand

It’s just food, but it feels like magic on the spot.

Hospo family dinner is a beloved tradition in restaurants that actually care about their staff.  It’s an opportunity for the chef to trial new dishes that might be too experimental for the restaurant menu, and a chance for the staff to sit down and enjoy each others company with some good food and drinks.  Every Thursday, Chef Aliesha McGilligan puts on a Chef’s Table lunch where she opens that treasured experience to the public – anyone can come.  Each week she puts together meals above and beyond the cafe cabinet and creates an atmosphere where neighbourhood tradies sit next to artists working at the XCHC, backpackers and foodies and CBD office workers all share a table and pass the plates around.  Here, she tells me about Chef’s Table, her food philosophy, and what it’s like to be a chef in the middle of an arts space.

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Chef’s Table at XCHC. Photo by Peanut Productions.