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Episode 65: Melting Pot (with Lee Tran Lam and Michelle Rennex)

Race Matters

Food has been seen as a marker of "multiculturalism" for forever – we all know at least one old white guy who reckons his penchant for Chinese takeaway food absolves him of all racism. But the Western food industry – from what we deem as 'fine dining', to which critics' opinions we value, to what we see on-screen – is whitewashed AF. So food writer and radio host Lee Tran Lam started @diversityinfoodmedia.au, dedicated to shining a light on the many incredible people working in food in this country who aren’t straight white chef bros. We chat with Lee Tran about what led to launching that account, her experience navigating the industry over the years, and moving beyond the Ratatouille-style stereotype of the cranky white restaurant critic. Plus – did you watch Masterchef: Back To Win? The season just gone by has created a buzz like never before, with personal cultural stories being told on national, mainstream TV, not to mention Asian food cooked by Asian people AND judged by an Asian woman. Unheard of! Millie Roberts speaks to Junkee writer and avid Masterchef live-tweeter Michelle Rennex about why this season resonated so hard, and the limitations of this representation.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


30 Jul 2020