Kitchen Spy: Eamon Sullivan
Eamon Sullivan shows us around his kitchen.
Eamon Sullivan first gained his public profile as a record-breaking swimmer, but with an injury-fraught career, chef training provided a fallback position. He won the Celebrity MasterChef series in 2009 with his Chocolate Delice but his continued swimming success meant he didn't need to cook professionally for some years. His swimming career was briefly marred by his admitted participation in a controversial bonding session before last year's London Olympics involving the taking of Stilnox sleeping pills. He lives in Perth with French bulldogs Duke and Baxter, and has two businesses on the go - Louis Baxter's Cafe and Bib and Tucker restaurant. He also co-hosts a new sports/comedy show, A League of Their Own, screening on Channel Ten.
Most memorable meal
I went to the Fat Duck in Bray, England for my 27th birthday after the London Olympics last year. We had the 14-course degustation with matched wine and I've never been so full in my life. The experience was about much more than the food, it was theatre. Every dish told a story or brought a fairytale to life.
Watching the food channel. I love Heston Blumenthal for the theatre and fun he brings to food. I go to different cafes every weekend and see what they're doing. My favourite books are Stephanie Alexander's The Cook's Companion and Heston At Home for that little bit of extra flair. But honestly, I Google recipes all the time nowadays rather than trawling through books hoping I'll find what I'm after.
My Shun knives. After years of struggling with blunt knives I now know the value of good knives and keeping them sharp.
AeroPress coffee maker is great for making coffee anywhere but very handy if you're travelling and not sure of the coffee standards. A Thermomix, which I use to make my own flour from brown rice and buckwheat. It's also great for soups, smoothies and protein shakes. My copper frying pan, which I bought in Paris last year, is great for cooking steaks because it holds its heat and you can get a good crust on them without overcooking the meat. Also Shun hand-forged Japanese knives and my Riedel wine glasses.
Campos coffee in a piccolo latte or espresso. I'm really into cabernet merlot at the moment and malbec as well. I had a good cabernet merlot down at Knee Deep Winery on the Margaret River recently. Lenton Brae late harvest cabernet sauvignon, also from the Margaret River, is great. The grapes were that little bit sweet so it's somewhere between a red and a dessert wine.
Saturday night tipple: Sierra Nevada pale ale.
I'm really enjoying smoking food at the moment, everything from vegetables to fish to pizza bases.
Last dinner at home. Chicken and asparagus risotto with baby spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.
My pantry: Chilli flakes, Uncle Tobys oats, Murray River sea salt, Italian olive oil - I change brands all the time - Sirena tuna in chilli oil which I have on Ryvita with hummus, avocado and feta.
My fridge: Beef mince, grass-fed eye fillet steak which has a better flavour than grain-fed. It's a good protein source which you need when you go to the gym regularly. Hummus which, if I don't make myself, is Black Swan brand. Lemnos Persian feta. Spinach, broccoli, tomatoes. Avocado, which I use in place of butter. Mount Barker Chicken breast fillets.
Kettle chilli chips.