7 October 2022

Five minutes with Brad Carroll, Grill'd

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Brad Carroll

Brad Carroll has been running Grill’d for the past six years. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Who is Brad Carroll? Owner and proprietor of Grill’d Wagga. I’m a local guy in my 40s. I have been a local my whole life. It is my sixth year of running Grill’d.

Best recent dining experience: The Chinese restaurant in the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Favourite cuisine: Chinese.

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Most embarrassing pantry item: Probably jelly.

What ingredient can I not live without? Milk.

Best coffee spot in Wagga: Mock Orange Cafe in Lake Albert.

Almighty Burger

The must-try Almighty Burger. Photo: Grill’d.

Next big thing in the Wagga food scene: Should offer something different, something we don’t already have, like Spanish or tapas.

A must-try on our menu: Almighty, with grass-fed beef pattie with crispy bacon, free-range egg, tasty cheese, beetroot, cos lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, relish and herbed mayo.

My biggest culinary influence: Melbourne. I spent a couple of years in Melbourne and learnt a lot about different cuisines.

Some of the offerings at Grill’d. Photo: Grill’d.

Favourite cookbook: I think I have a Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals somewhere.

Who do I admire in the Wagga food and wine scene? Everyone who’s got through the last three years.

What are this week’s specials at Grill’d? We have daily specials and we’ve got a membership program as well. There will be free drinks and meals for members.

Death row meal: Crumbed cutlets.

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My least favourite food: I’m not a big fan of vegetables.

My COVID-19 response: Really a tough couple of years but we’ve come out really well at the end. Probably the most brutal couple of years I have ever had.

My top three cooking tips: Always fresh. Best ingredients. Nothing too complicated.

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