For those who missed the big Louis Prima bash at The Basement on January 20th, it was an incredibly memorable night. We had our three MasterChefs slaving away in the kitchen – Aaron Harvie, Jonathan Daddia and Matt Caldicott – and a truly impressive music night, with Sarah J Hyland, Simon Bartlett, Pia Andersen and Frank Bennett rocking the joint with The Cocktail Cabinet swing band. The horns were wailing and the band’s drummer bashed away on “Sing, Sing, Sing” like nobody’s business.
Special thanks for the night go to Rob, The Basement’s head chef, and his second-in-command Marvin, who came in to help out solely for the night. It was a big responsibility to work with three TV cooks who hadn’t been in a commercial kitchen since the show ended several months ago, and it took three days of prep and a lot of sweat (especially for our main man, Aaron) and nerves to pull it off. We thought we’d share some of the kitchen bustle, so have a look at the time-lapse video we captured from the night, courtesy of Xorigin’s Darryl Thoms and his crew.
Adding to all that pressure was a crowd scattered with heaps of notable faces, including – yikes! – real-deal Italian chef Danny Russo from The Italian Kitchen & Bar (ex-Beresford and Lo Studio), Australian Association of Food Professionals president Stewart White, Vogue Living’s Madeleine Hinchy, delicious. magazine’s Alison Pickel and Jessica Brook, food bloggers Tony Hollingsworth, Rebecca Varidel, and Lorri Loca, and a cameo by GourmetRabbit’s Denea Buckingham. That’s not to mention Harvie’s wife and former Young Talent Time star Natalie Miller, burlesque diva Kitty Van Horn, new school go-go dancer Annette Twemlow and a whole crew of swing and rockabilly personalities.
For a look at some of the crowd highlights, check out this photo gallery, courtesy of photographer Kelsey Aland.