We chatted with Chef Callum Rogers from Short Order about their new menu:
Tell us a bit about yourself….
I’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of my early career in a variety of kitchens and different styles of food during my apprentice days. As well as being chosen to be a young chef Ambassador for the next generation back in W.A. After leaving Australia 6 years ago to travel and work, I have recently returned from time in the UK, boutique hotels in Canada, opening microbreweries in Queenstown and learning from some of the best in far north Queensland.
I always love working closely with quality suppliers to source the freshest local ingredients and strive to have my menu creations bring out the best in seasonal availabilities.
Outside of kitchen life, I’m an avid snowboarder, into backcountry hiking, and generally anything that can get me new experiences and see new things.
Describe your style of cooking in a few words?
Flavour packed, basics done with some new twists, fresh
How did you get interested in cooking?
That comes down to a well-known story in my family, At the young age of 8 we visited a friend’s café/ restaurant in the South of WA and I remember walking past the kitchen and seeing the chef sharpening his knife. That Christmas I asked for a set of knives as my present from Santa. I say Santa because I was 8! Luckily and to I’m sure some shock from others Santa gave me the knives (Kmart ones looking back) and I was on my way.
What’s your favourite dish?
It’s a constantly evolving thing that, usually depending on what I’m surrounded by. At the moment, it’s been several years since I have had an incredible dish made from a few of my ex Italian mentors, Egg yolk raviolo stuffed inside and around the yolk with a white crab mascarpone, lots of fennel, and a vanilla saffron cream. Amazing.
What do you love most about what you do?
The ability to get people excited about eating good food at home at getting people more passionate about what they can eat at home is a great experience.
What are your top 3 most popular dishes?
The incredible sage, thyme and garlic rolled Porchetta, “Goodness daily bowl” filled with grains, seeds, nuts, goji berries, and a wicked little avocado yoghurt dressing; and finally the Healthy Ceasar with yolky eggs, pangratatto, and baby gem.
What’s on the new menu at Short Order?
The new menu is filled with some amazing food, some incredibly cooked proteins, such as Porchetta, Roast lamb with house-made mint sauce, and lavender honey glazed duck roasted on the crown. Paired with some amazing sides we have slinging every day such as in the husk roasted Corn with creole butter, Hassel back sweet potatoes with romesco sauce and split roasted Jarrahdale pumpkins with chickpeas, zesty tahini yoghurt and ripped herbs.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
It’s hard to pick one highlight. I’ve been very lucky to have some amazing opportunities so far in my career. Being selected by peers to be a Young Chef Ambassador and also picking up some awards early on for competitions as a younger chef where certainly highlights.
I have been very lucky to be able to open and be part of opening teams for new restaurants all over the world and these are held very dearly.
About Short Order
A Short Order is a concept store and one-stop shop by chef and writer Lizzie Loel and the team behind Jocelyn’s Provisions, Short Order specialises in producing a premium range of ready-to-go dining options, with no compromise on taste.
Focused on high quality yet accessible home-cooked meals and catering without slaving away in the kitchen yourself, Short Order is all about bringing locally sourced ingredients to the kitchen to pack every dish with delectable flavour. With a mantra of ‘Goodness Daily’ Short order brings exactly that with their upmarket delights available to enjoy any day of the week.
Everything is prepared daily in-store and everything sweet and indulgent arrives fresh from the famous Jocelyn’s Provision around the corner. The team will create bespoke catering menus for events of all sizes. Innovative options begin with a range of breakfast options or lunch platter boxes for team meetings or client get-togethers, as well as canapes and sweet & savoury finger food, perfect for any size gathering. Catering for a large group? Short Order’s platter boxes, both sweet and savoury, are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.