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Kitchen by Mike to headline this year’s Taste of Sydney festival at Centennial Parklands

by Elizabeth Meryment Sydney Taste
DAILY TELEGRAPH, 16 Feb 2016 12:00AM

DINERS who have been missing the beloved Sydney institution, Kitchen by Mike — which closed its Rosbery outlet doors in August — can get a surprise fix of Mike McEnearney’s food, with the chef one of a stellar new line-up of talent at this year’s Taste of Sydney festival, running March 10-13.

The Centennial Parklands culinary festival has had a significant revamp this year, with a host of young and important new chefs joining the event. Those showcasing their food include Firedoor’s Lennox Hastie, Nelly Robinson of nel., Salaryman’s Stephen Seckold, Kensington Street Social’s Rob Daniels, Sake’s Wayne Brown, and Thievery’s Julian Cincotta. Returning chefs include Darren Robertson of Three Blue Ducks, Otto’s Richard Ptacnik, Biota’s James Viles, 4Fourteen’s Colin Fassnidge, Movida’s Frank Camorra, celebrity chef Hayden Quinn and Porteno’s Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate. McEnearney says the festival will be a jumping off point to a huge year for him, with a rebooted Kitchen by Mike to open later in the year. He is also scheduled to open CBD diner 1 Bent St, in April. “I really wanted to be there [at Taste of Sydney] this year,” McEnearney says. “Since we stopped doing Kitchen By Mike in August, I think this is a good chance to keep what we do fresh in people’s minds.” This year’s festival — at which chefs offer tasting plates of their food, in McEnearney’s case roasted pork belly with relish, plus some of his famed salads — will include a presence from the Fink Group, with expectations Otto and Firedoor will be joined by other key Fink restaurants in a deal to be announced shortly. Tickets for the festival are for sale from $15 through Ticketek.