Raph’s Mean Cuisine

Tue 28th July, 2020 – Tue 15th September, 2020
When did chicken kiev go out of style? What does the man behind 1800 Lasagne cook when he’s not cooking lasagne? Raph Rashid's home cooking show – filmed in the Beatbox Kitchen founder’s West Brunswick kitchen – sets out to answer these big questions and more.

Melbourne’s food-truck king Raph Rashid – who runs Brunswick burger joints Beatbox Kitchen and Juanita Peaches – has launched an online cooking show.

On Tuesdays he's dropping a weekly episode of Raph’s Mean Cuisine, starring familiar faces from the Melbourne food scene and celebrating long-forgotten dishes of Aussie childhoods past.

That means Rashid's parents’ “hectic” homemade chow mein. Or buttery, garlicky, breadcrumbed chicken kiev. Basically, any dish you’d find flipping through an ’80s copy of Women’s Weekly magazine – zhooshed up for 2020.

The seven episodes were all filmed late last year in Rashid’s West Brunswick home on his kitchen stovetop, which is unfortunately now broken. Each is about 10 minutes long.

On the guest list is Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s creative director Pat Nourse, Sydney-based artist Nadia Hernández, and lasagne-making legend Joey Kellock (the man behind 1800 Lasagne).

Rashid will be prepping a roast lamb with Nourse and making tacos with Hernandez, while Kellock’s dish is yet-to-be-revealed.

A self-confessed sour cream and sweet-chilli sauce fan, Rashid wants people to openly enjoy the daggy foods dear to their hearts. The chicken kiev may even make a triumphant return.

Raph’s Mean Cuisine drops weekly from Tuesday July 28 on YouTube and IGTV. Watch the trailer here.