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Esteemed chef Yotam Ottolenghi to give one day only show in Sydney 

BY LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG

World-renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi will speak at Sydney ICC this month to share experiences as a restaurateur and food writer. 

The Flavour Of Life tour, which will see Ottolenghi visit eight Australian cities with cooking tips and vegetarian joys, was originally about his eighth book, Flavour. But the Israeli-born chef explained the tour has become richer because of hardship. 

“The tour was conceived pre-pandemic…. However, our reality has obviously completely changed, so there will be much more to discuss,” he said in a public interview. 

The show will be infused with personal experience, like most of Ottolenghi’s best-selling works. 

“[I will be speaking about] how life in general, and cooking in particular, looked in my home during lockdown.”

And he wants to show others how food can unite the senses, bringing stories from childhood and today. Audiences will understand Ottolenghi’s food journey as one of familiarity. 

“​​Following my mum as a little boy on her weekly shopping trip to Jerusalem’s fruit and vegetable market was definitely a highlight. The smell of the fresh herbs – coriander, dill, parsley – sprayed with water to keep them fresh in the heat was so powerful.”

Jan 16. ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Dr, Sydney. Tickets & Info: www.iccsydney.com.au

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