Martin Eade

A freelance food and travel writer based in Perth, Western Australia. 
Owner of Morsels, one of Perth's most popular food blogs.

Marco Pierre White on Dreams, Michelin and MasterChef

For someone relatively inexperienced in such things, the prospect of sitting down to talk with Marco Pierre White was a daunting one. His reputation as intense and intimidating is legendary, and I’d witnessed this first-hand at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape several years ago.
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Meet The Locals Cooking at This Year’s Good Food and Wine Show

The Good Food and Wine Show returns to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre this August, featuring high-profile names such as Miguel Maestre, Matt Moran and Colin Fassnidge. Pleasingly, local chefs also feature on the line-up, not least at the Kleenheat Kitchen, where Melissa Palinkas (Young George), Aaron Carr (Yarri) and Caroline Taylor (Taylor’s Art and Coffee House) will be doing free cooking demonstrations.

New Italian Restaurant Automatic Opens in South Perth

I first met restaurateur Michael De Marte nearly 20 years ago. I was a regular at his venues Cafe Bocca in Shafto Lane and Rosso Espresso on St Georges Terrace (one of the city’s first espresso bars). In more recent times, De Marte launched and sold Italian restaurants Nolita and La Lola, and established cafe brand, Atomic. His latest venture is another Italian restaurant: Automatic, on the same street as the one remaining Atomic that he owns.

Perth Mess Hall, The City’s First Permanent Food Truck Park, Opens Tonight

It seems like only yesterday that Perth had just a handful of food trucks. Suddenly, everywhere you turned there were dedicated events full of them. Now the frenzy has died down, Perth is finally getting its own dedicated food truck park, the Perth Mess Hall – a repurposing of the Old Swan Barracks on Francis Street. Chef and food truck operator Todd Kempton has been working on the Perth Mess Hall concept for six months, with support from the City of Perth and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Auth

Meat Candy’s Legendary Burgers Return to King Somm For One Night Only

While Meat Candy was best known for serving what was arguably Perth’s best fried chicken, its burgers also had a fearsome reputation. There were certainly more than a few tears shed when they disappeared from the menu. But in an appropriately timed resurrection, Meat Candy supremo Ben Atkinson, now firmly entrenched in Bayswater bar King Somm and its in-house pizzeria Jane Dough, is bringing the burgers back this Thursday night. “It’s something we’re trying out for the long weekend,” he says.

Now Open: A Neighbourhood Cafe Favourite Lands North of the River

In a short space of time chef Scott Bridger (ex-Rockpool Bar & Grill) and former Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan have built a handy stable of Perth hospitality venues including beachside restaurant Bib & Tucker, Japanese whisky bar Goody Two’s and May Street Larder, a cafe offering Bridger an outlet for his interests in pickling, preserving and fermenting. Three years after opening the original May Street Larder in East Fremantle the duo has opened a second cafe in Sullivan’s home suburb of Mount

A New Perth Startup Is Turning Small Bars Into Co-Working Spaces

The life of a freelancer can be a lonely one. Many turn to working in cafes, which brings its own anxiety when you don’t want to surrender your spot despite being at your caffeine limit (as it happens, I'm in that very situation as I write this). Co-working spaces are nothing new, but many require a regular commitment, which places them out of reach financially. New Perth business My Hustle is solving this problem by turning small bars into casual weekday co-working spaces. My Hustle’s founder,

Coming Soon: A Masterchef Alum’s New Dumpling Kitchen in a Shiny Airstream Caravan

It’s been a busy year for 2018 Masterchef alumnus Brendan Pang. Leaving his career in social work behind, he’s established himself as Perth’s celebrity dumpling king and cooked at events all over the country. It’s now time for his first commercial venture proper: Fremantle dumpling kitchen Bumplings. Pang has demonstrated a good head for business, being careful not to embrace every opportunity and endorsement unlike some others in his position. On top of that, he’s a genuinely nice guy inspired

Hoodburger Opens in Inglewood

Northern suburbs burger fans, the wait is over: Hoodburger is now open in Inglewood. The second Hoodburger outlet – and its first “proper” restaurant – sees brothers Matt and Tom Shaw truly spread their wings from the days of their back-of-nightclub pop-ups working out of eskys. The new store opened just a few days later than planned, and Tom is excited by the improvements the custom-designed kitchen will bring to the operation.

Micro Lote Coffee Opens in Fremantle

Mauricio Velasquez may be one of the lowest-profile characters in the WA coffee community, but he’s one of its most passionate. In 2007 he started working for Asprounion, a cooperative of farmers and coffee producers based out of the town of La Union in southern Colombia. Where most coffee beans are sold through brokers, Asprounion sells directly to coffee roasters. It’s an example of direct trade, the aim being to return maximum profits to farmers.

Now Open: A New, Waste-Conscious Cafe for Vic Park

You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking Social Manna was just another cafe, but little details suggest otherwise. The metallic blue sphere labelled “umami butter”. House-baked sourdough on the counter. Liam Atkinson (former Ku De Ta head chef) in the kitchen. Social Manna is by chef Sandro Puca, who started his career with Russell Blaikie and David Coomer, and more recently held head chef roles at Il Lido and Rochelle Adonis.

2018: The Year in Cafes, Breakfast and Coffee

Perth’s coffee offering came a long way this year, although it wasn’t always smooth sailing. While we said goodbye to some favourites over the past last 12 months – Layup, Daphne and Beaufort Street’s Mrs S spring to mind – there always seemed to be a newcomer ready to take their place. Too many of these openings were from hospitality first-timers with little-to-no experience getting in right at the deep end, yet the class of 2018 still managed to produce plenty of standouts.
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