Meet The Locals - Melbourne Hot Sauce
What's your food philosophy?Our basic philosophy for Melbourne Hot Sauce is Fresh, simple , clean well balanced flavours to create a culinary addition to food.
What inspired you to create Melbourne Hot Sauce?My background is 16 years a chef with a predominantly Cajun, Creole, Southern USA, Mexican & Caribbean influence. I started playing around with making my own hot sauce about 8 years ago basically because most commercial sauces available at the time didn't really have the flavour profile i was looking for. This led to founding MHS in late 2013 while continuing to work as a chef until fully giving up chefing in 2016 to focus on hot sauce.
What makes the Melbourne Hot Sauce range so special?We use mainly local fresh ingredients and have grown good relationships with our suppliers to maintain top quality produce. Our sauce are all natural, so no additives, added preservatives, thickeners, stabilisers, colouring or anything nasty. The key to a great hot sauce is balance of flavours. Like creating a dish in a restaurant, a great balance of clean simple flavours is vital. Our aim was always to make the most flavoursome balanced sauce rather than the hottest. We also do some unique collaboration style sauces which are a bit different, because like in any industry you need to keep pushing the boundaries into new territory.
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What's your hottest, most craziest experience with chilli?We run a yearly event "Melbourne Chilli Eating Championship" Its a last man standing KO event using some of the worlds hottest chilli, it gets pretty wild and messy! This years event is on April 8th at The B.east.