Exploring has always been something I do….
By Kylie Millar
After her appearance on Masterchef in 2012, Kylie ventured out of the TV kitchen and into the world of fine dining, establishing a career by working with many brilliant chefs around the world. Her CV features the kitchens of Melbourne’s Burch & Purchese and Attica as well as Mugaritz in Spain. She is currently cooking at Blue Hill Stone Barns in upstate New York under renowned chef Dan Barber.
As a kid I used to take off, down in the paddocks of mum and dads’ property on the outskirts of Sydney and find ‘things’ to amuse myself with - clay from the dam, fishing for guppies or walking around feeding the cows.
As I got older, travelling was the next option. The usual Aussie adventure to the UK and Europe. My explorations then went another step further…actually living and working abroad…and not to make it easy for myself the first time around, I went to a country where I didn’t speak the language. Crazy!
What’s the draw card in these ventures…experiencing the unfamiliar. Although incredibly challenging the majority of the time, for me, this is the best form of learning. In the culinary setting, it dares you to source and work with the local produce, learn traditional and innovative techniques and even expand your thoughts and ideas of what is possible.
Each experience builds into your foundation…whether it be a cultural element like the Spanish vigour for their produce and culinary prowess, tapas and paella doesn’t even scratch the surface of this country’s full love and history of gastronomy. Or a concept that challenges the norm…an idea to work with breeders and farmers in growing food that tastes good from the seed level, then utilising the whole crops- stems, leaves, roots and flowers in inspiring ways. Even just talking with a trader at the local farmers’ market, having that connection with someone who is knowledgeable about their product which informs and inspires.
I have been very fortunate with my explorations and travelling to meet some very inspiring people who have challenged, helped and mentored me in my career. Incredibly the majority being women who I consider to be close friends.
Connect with Kylie via her website www.kyliemillar.com.au or on Instagram @kyliemillar