Q & A with Justine Schofield, TV personality & former MasterChef contestant

Justine Schofield

Justine Schofield found fame on the first series of one of Australia’s favourite cooking shows, MasterChef.  These days, she has her own cooking show (Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield) and is a foodie celebrity in her own right.  She is all about empowering the home cook to become more confident in the kitchen and has a soft spot for French, Italian and Spanish cuisines.

We caught up with her to get her inside scoop on the top spots to eat and drink in Sydney.

Q: Where do you go to get a great cup of coffee (or tea if you’re not a latte lover)?

Two of my local and favourite coffee haunts would be TopHat Coffee Merchants in Clovelly and Ruby’s Diner, Waverley. I haven’t had one bad coffee from both of these places.

Q: If you could only eat one last meal on this earth, where and what would it be?

As much as I love to eat out, my last meal would be at home. It would undoubtedly be a steak, frites with béarnaise sauce. Non-negotiable!

However, a sneaky pork bun from Momofuku Seiobo as a side would be wonderful too.

Q: Please share with us your 5 all time favourite restaurants or bars in Sydney.

  1. Café Nice – New young chef Josh Niland is re creating Southern French impeccably.
  2. Sepia – The best degustation I have had. Every course was simply yum.
  3. Cho Cho San – Sexy fit out and the modern Asian food is scrumptious.
  4. Four in Hand – For a hearty pub meal, particularly great when watching the mighty Swans play on the big screen in the bar area.
  5. Pinbone – For Sunday breakfast.

Q: If you had visitors in town, where would be the first place you’d take them to dine and/or drink?

I would take them straight to Bondi for a long lazy seafood lunch at North Bondi Fish. A table on the terrace on a lovely sunny day would be a must.

Q:  Where do you buy your produce in Sydney?

Bread from Iggy’s and La Boulangerie in Coogee.  EQ Village Markets for fresh flowers, fruit, veg and eggs.  IGA in Haberfield for their charcuterie and olives and Sydney Fish Market for my seafood.

Q:  What inspired your passion for food and what does food mean to you?

Seasonality and local produce motivates what I put on my table every single day. Eating with the seasons when specific produce is at it’s best, will mean your food will always taste better.

Q:  What do you want your ‘food’ legacy to be?

Food means tradition in my family and I hope to carry that love of cooking, eating and gathering around the table with loved ones. And remember always cook with your heart and never stop learning.

Q:  Tell us something not many people know about you!

I have a serious obsession with cheese.  From the smelliest and ripest of French camembert to the freshest ricotta.  I do not discriminate.  I LOVE them all!

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