Summer favourites with Mark from Gather

We recently sat down with Mark, Chef at Gather Braddon to talk all things Summer.

Mark is a passionate foodie, who loves knowing all about the science behind the food. Not only is he a qualified chef but also recently finished his Nutrition degree, wanting to dig deep into people's eating behaviours.

What is your favourite thing about Summer?

Early morning or early evening bike rides, warm days and hopefully the cooler nights.

What are your favourite Summer fruit and veg picks? Why?

There really is something special about juicy summer fruit. Fruit wise, my picks are stone fruit and watermelon. I particularly love watermelon when it is chilled, it’s so refreshing on a hot day.

Over Summer I often turn to big fresh salads – my top tip is using fresh herbs like mint and dill coupled with lemon juice and olive oil, to really transform a salad! My favourite Summer vegetable is definitely fresh truss tomatoes, I really like the versatility and enjoy using different varieties in cooking.

Is there a Summer dish at Gather you’re loving at the moment?

There are a few on the menu at the moment! I love the combination of the turmeric babaganoush, mixed leaves and salmon in the Gather Summer Salmon Salad, it all just works really well together. The other one I really like at the moment is the “Not Chorizo” Enchiladas. It’s totally plant based and has this amazing combination of spices that really make the dish stand out!

What are some fun things to do in Canberra over Summer?

Going for ice creams, picnics by the lake or park, and of course heading out on the lake on the GoBoats.

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Find Mark and his delicious creations at Gather, 4/24 Mort St, Braddon!