Dietary Requirements
Dietary Requirements: The Gilmour girls on hospo life, hot cross buns and 80s excess

Dietary Requirements: The Gilmour girls on hospo life, hot cross buns and 80s excess

March 9, 2019

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

We back! It was a real family affair on the latest Dietary Requirements, with Sophie's most excellent mum and sister, Emerald and Mimi Gilmour, joining us in the studio. The Gilmours are a hospo dynasty of sorts: Emerald kickstarted Tāmaki Makaurau's eating and drinking scene back in the 70s and 80s with Clichy and Club Mirage (aka the Studio 54 of Auckland); while Mimi started the Mexico chain of restaurants and is now co-owner of Burger Burger. Sophie, of course, co-founded Bird on a Wire and now runs hospitality consultancy Delicious Business. Bunch o' legends, amirite?

Over a bottle of bubbly and some hot cross buns, we prod Emerald for all the juicy details from the heady days of the 80s Auckland club scene, and the sisters reminisce on an upbringing steeped in food and drink.

Dietary Requirements : Fritters, cocktails and the resurrection of Al Brown

Dietary Requirements : Fritters, cocktails and the resurrection of Al Brown

February 19, 2019

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

Back in January, we had Al Brown round for a barbecue and recorded a podcast while we were at it. A grand time was had by all, but as Simon Day poignantly relaid here, disaster struck. The recording was lost.

We went through all the stages of grief but eventually regained enough composure to ask Al to join us again, this time in the studio, where there was less chance of technology fucking us over again. There was no barbecue, but there were several different kinds of fritters (sorry again about setting off the fire alarm, Duncan), plus Simon's delightful watermelon cocktail (see recipe below) and, as always,  banter galore.

Dietary Requirements Christmas special

Dietary Requirements Christmas special

December 18, 2018

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

In this very special – and very, er, extended – festive edition of Dietary Requirements, the gang escapes the confines of the studio for a wholesome jaunt to the countryside.

From the blissful surroundings of the Lawn Bar at The Hunting Lodge in Waimauku, we talk grape vs grain with Hunting Lodge winemaker Pete Turner and Liberty Brewing’s Joe Wood, all the while enjoying some of executive chef Des Harris’ delicious lunch offerings and a healthy amount of our guests’ liquid refreshments.

As the drinks flow and surprise guests pop in and out, things get a little less wholesome…

Dietary Requirements: The great bay leaf conspiracy, Kiwi onion dip and a UNIVERSE EXCLUSIVE VIP guest

Dietary Requirements: The great bay leaf conspiracy, Kiwi onion dip and a UNIVERSE EXCLUSIVE VIP guest

November 26, 2018

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

This month on Dietary Requirements, we are joined in the studio by an extremely special guest: Rosemary Mount (nee Dempsey), the legend who invented Kiwi onion dip. She shares some technical tips for nailing this national delicacy every time you make it, answers fans' questions and weighs in on a conundrum for the ages: are bay leaves bullshit? Meanwhile, the pod is gatecrashed by a surprise not-so-VIP guest with a connection to Rosemary's story, we chow down on Simon's cassoulet and, of course, Kiwi onion dip, made under the tutelage of its creator.

Dietary Requirements: Viva l’Italia!

Dietary Requirements: Viva l’Italia!

November 2, 2018

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

This month on Dietary Requirements, we throw caution to the wind and cook up an Aperol Spritz-fuelled pasta storm as we discuss the joys of Italian food and drink. We debut Cooks' Corner, where we share our favourite tried-and-true kitchen tips, and All-Black-turned-mental-health-advocate-turned-Italian-wine-enthusiast John Kirwan joins Simon in the studio to continue the Italian amore fest.

A road trip through the US food movement

A road trip through the US food movement

September 28, 2018

Dietary Requirements is our new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Company.

This month on Dietary Requirements, we welcome Sophie back to the studio with a big ol’ American celebration, featuring a special guest appearance from The Spinoff’s resident fried chicken expert.

Sausages, mental health and a dispatch from Ireland

Sausages, mental health and a dispatch from Ireland

August 20, 2018

Dietary Requirements is our new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Company.

Dietary Requirements: Con artists, bacon crimes, and restaurant royalty

Dietary Requirements: Con artists, bacon crimes, and restaurant royalty

July 9, 2018

The Spinoff presents a monthly food podcast discussing everything we’ve been eating and drinking, hosted by Sophie Gilmour, and The Spinoff’s Alice Neville and Simon Day.

This month on Dietary Requirements we talk to Sid and Chand Sahrawat about adding The French Café to their restaurant empire, we go out to dinner with a conman, eat curried egg sandwiches and crispy bacon, and try some Tasmanian Sparkling and some local stout.