Young Guns to Watch
Our very own Analiese Gregory, Darren Robertson and Julie Niland were recently included in a line up of chefs to watch, published by the Daily Telegraph and curated by Simon Thomsen and Grant Jones. Click HERE to read the story.
TOYS Collective on Gourmet Traveller
Check out our team from Issue #9: Blood, Bones & Butter, talking about our most recent event:
TOYS Collective Issue #9 is over!
We are overwhelmed with how special you all helped to make our event. Thank you for being brave, trusting and above all, willing participants in our collaborative art installation, music and food event. A special thank you to Otto Ristorante, John Fink, Christine Manfield and Alex Herbert for your support, generosity and love. Click here to check out all the action.
Announcing TOYS Collective Issue #9
We’re excited to announce our first event for 2012, featuring an all female team of chefs, sommliers, front of house, installation artists and musicians. This event will be unlike anything TOYS have ever presented before, against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour at Otto Ristorante.
Featuring a truly collaborative event including with:
Analiese Gregory (Quay), Julie Niland (Sixpenny), Jun Chen (Universal), Jaclyn Nichols (Becasse), Annemarie Rodrigo (Bistrode), Claire Van Vuuren (Bloodwood) Yu-Ching Lee, Sharon Salloum (Almond Bar) and special guest mentor and legendary chef Christine Manfield(Universal)
Where: Otto Ristorante, 8/6 Cowper Wharf Rd Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
When: Monday February 27, 6.30 pm
Cost: $160 plus booking fee
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you at the next event!
TOYS collective is over for 2011
Thank you to those who have supported us on our journey so far, it’s been a trip.
Announcing our next event: Tonight!
If you’ve booked tickets to this event, we look forward to seeing you at Cutler & Co, this evening at 6.30pm.
[TOYS] collective is back, fresh after accepting gongs for innovation at The Age and SMH Good Food Guide Awards. This time around, they’re not only presenting some of the best next wave culinary talent in Melbourne, but also the people who inspire them.
This next dinner promises to be an extra-special event, featuring chef partnerships between TOYS and their mentors, showcasing dishes and drinks that celebrate the magic transferred from one industry great to the next.
Featuring partnerships John Paul Twomey & Paul Wilson, Daniel Wilson & Andrew Blake, Nic Poelaert & Shannon Bennett, Brad Simpson & Michael Lambie, Josh Murphy & Andrew McConnell, Aaron Turner & Corrine Blackett from Drysdale Goat’s Cheese, the formidable group will present their wares on the evening of Monday November 21 at Cutler & Co in Fitzroy.
The event will, as always, showcase the best of the next generation of cocktail bartenders, sommeliers and front of house personalities, including cocktails by The Everleigh, alongside Banjo Harris-Plane and Hannah Green (Attica), Liam O’Brien (Cutler & Co), Sonia Bandera (Rockpool Bar & Grill), Stuart Neil (Town Hall Hotel), Kirsikka Herrald (Ezard) and more.
*Please contact us with any dietary requirements at the point of booking and please note that dishes cannot be drastically altered as they have been especially created for this one off event.
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
Last night, TOYS collective picked up the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide award for Innovation, in front of our most esteemed peers, friends and colleagues. We’re thrilled to be recognised nationally for the work and ideas of our collective and it’s certainly put a rocket up us to present something bigger and better very soon!
Thank you once again to our suppliers, sponsors and most importantly diners, for allowing us to do what we do.
Congratulations, in particular to members of our team who were recognised in their own restaurants: Among them Duke, Porteno and Bloodwood.
Read more about the event here.
The Age Good Food Guide
Congratulations to our friends, loved ones and heroes who cleaned up at The Age 2012 Good Food Guide Awards. The TOYS collective is honored to be awarded the inaugural Innovation Award. As a group, we are stoked and very thankful for the support from the media, our suppliers and most importantly YOU, the dining public. Thank you.
Read more about the event here.
SMH and The Age Good Food Guide news
We’re incredibly proud to call a host of award nominees in both the SMH and The Age Good Food Guide Awards part of our collective and therefore family.
In Sydney, congratulations to Thomas Lim, Mitch Orr and Kylie Javier for Duke‘s nomination for Best New Restaurant and also to Ben Milgate, Elvis Abrahamowicz, Sarah Doyle and their team at Porteno, host of our most recent Sydney event.
In Melbourne, congratulations to Nicky Reimer (Union Dining), Aaron Turner (Loam) and Daniel Wilson (Huxtable) on their nominations for Chef of The Year. Huxtable has also been nominated for Best New Restaurant as well.
You can read more about the awards here.
TOYS collective in The Age
Click here to read the full article by Sarina Lewis as published 20/08/11.
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[TOYS] Issue #7: Old Dogs, New Tricks Is Over for now!
Issue #6: Stars & Stripes, Union Dining, Melbourne.
Melbourne’s last event took place at Richmond newcomer Union Dining, the line up featuring chefs Nicky Riemer (Union Dining), Aaron Turner (Loam), John Paul Twomey (Cutler & Co), Daniel Wilson (Huxtable), Yen Yee & Bernard Chu (Luxbite) and Andrea Riess (Chez Dre), alongside sommelier and a front of house team that included Adam Cash (Union Dining), Liam O’Brien (Cutler & Co), Sonia Bandera, Stuart Neil (Stoke) and Der Raum’s ’Trink Tank’ – the experimental arm of the much loved Melbourne bar.
[TOYS] Collective in the(sydney)magazine
Check out this month’s edition of the(sydney)magazine to read about TOYS! Click here to read a bit about us.
Issue #5: Ballz Deep
Our first event for 2011, in partnership with March into Merivale was a huge success: The house was packed and the food was…round. Thanks to those who share the evening with us. Click here to see what you missed out on // or here so you don’t miss out next time.
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Official TOYS Definition:
1. Hospitality vernacular to denote when one is exceptionally busy, during the event of restaurant service. Akin to being ‘under the pump’, or ‘snowed under’, to an extreme degree.
e.g.1 “We have 180 covers booked for tonight, it’s going to be ballz deep.”
Introducing Nic Wong (Bodega), Jowett Yu (Ms. G’s), and Thomas Lim (Duke Bistro)…
…alongside Dan Hong (Lotus, Ms. G’s) in an all-Asian crew extravaganza at Ms. G’s this March.
and special Melbourne guests, Bernard Chu and Yen Yee (LuxBite, South Yarra)
Issue #5 also showcases the talents of Charlie Ainsbury (Duke Bistro), cocktail bartender extraordinare.
Date: Sunday March 27, 6.30pm
Venue: Ms. G’s 155 Victoria Street, Potts Point, Sydney NSW
Book: We are sold out! The good news is that March into Merivale still has a few left. Call them on 9240 3000.
Cost: $120 including matched wines*
More about our new members soon, but until then: Love you long time!
*While we endeavour to be as flexible as we can, due to the nature of what we present, we ask diners to respect that dishes cannot be dramatically altered to cater for strict vegetarian requirements.
2011 SMAC Awards – We’re nominated, baby!
The [TOYS] Collective has been nominated for a SMAC Award! CLICK HERE to vote..you only get one chance, so make it count and help us be the first food-industry collective to win! Update: Congratulations to our mates Heaps Decent for taking out the gong…couldn’t have happened to a nicer crew.
Issue #4: Water
We’re done for the year. Thank you to everyone who made our first Melbourne gig possible. Check out the images here.
Featuring Nic Poelaert (Embrasse), John Paul Twomey (Cutler & Co), Daniel Wilson (Huxtable) and Aaron Turner (Loam).
…alongside Morgan McGlone (Flinders Inn) & Darren Robertson (The Table Sessions)
Issue #4 also showcases the talents of Sonia Bandera (Donovan’s), Hannah Green (Attica), Kirsikka Herrald (Embrasse), Liam O’Brien (winemaker) and Dante Ruaine (Huxtable), Kylie Javier (Duke Bistro), Luke Ashton (Duke Bistro, The Ivy) & Banjo Harris-Plane (Est.)
A collective born from the desire to prove what the next generation can do when left to their own devices, Taste of Young Sydney [TOYS] is about action: pushing the culinary envelope, rather than trash-talking the status quo.
2010 has seen [TOYS] present two dinners and a cocktail event so far, showcasing chefs Dan Hong (Lotus), Morgan McGlone (Flinders Inn), Mitchell Orr (Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year 2010), Darren Robertson (ex-Tetsuya), Pasi Petanen (Marque Restaurant), Monty Koldrovic (Becasse), Annemarie Rodrigo (Bistrode), Tomislav Martinovic, Yu-ching Lee, & Adriano Zumbo.
[TOYS] is not for the faint-hearted, with previous themes being ‘Phat’, ‘Skin & Bones’ and ‘Bubbles’.
[TOYS] is not just about talented young chefs, the collective includes sommeliers Banjo Harris-Plane (Est.) and Paul Yanon as well as bartenders Luke Ashton (Ivy Pool Bar) and Mitchel O. Bushell (The Corner House), run by front of house’s Kylie Javier (Duke Bistro), Louise Tamayo (Becasse), Erin Thomenny (Alira) and Chauncey Sjostedt (Berta).
As the collective evolves, the line-up will change to reflect those within the industry that peers consider to be the most exciting, promising talent in the business: [TOYS] is a moving feast that promises to continue delivering exciting gastronomic events to Sydney.
Read our press release here.