A night in south-east Asia: workshop and dinner with Alice Adams and Vanessa 'The Hungry Chook' Miles.

Tales and secrets FROM the Thai & Vietnamese traditions, so loved by these two Australian cooks.

Growing up in Australia, with its close relationship to south-east Asia (both geographically and politically), we often take for granted our easy access to the food of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and beyond. In every capital city there are pockets of Asian culture; Cabramatta's "Little Vietnam", Melbourne's Chinatown, and Brisbane suburb Sunnybank, where one can enjoy a bowl of very authentic pho, laksa or Hainanese chicken rice. Just up the road from where I live is a hole in the wall selling banh mi so good that there is literally a queue for them morning, noon and night. There are grocers selling everything from perilla and betel leaves, to dried shrimp, green mangoes and banana blossoms. There are countless "fine dining" Asian restaurants serving wonderful adaptations of traditional dishes modified and modernised to suit the western shopping basket and palette - I have even worked in one or two. And if all that fails, we have the luxury of being able to hop on a relatively short flight and wake up in Hoi An (Central Vietnam), just in time for a trip to the markets and an all-day cooking class by the river.

It isn't as easy in Rome. So I was delighted when Alice Adams, invited me to co-host a special workshop, at her latteria studio in the heart of Trastavere. I can't wait to share some of my favourite dishes with one of my favourite cities. We'll be holding this hands-on workshop on Wednesday, June 1st (2016) from 7pm. If you live in Rome, there is more information on the latteria studio website - I'd love to share a glass of wine and some of these wonderful flavours with you!

NOTE: Alice and I are excited to be planning more workshops together to be held in late-March / early-April 2017... details will be posted here closer to the time.