Who is Rob Heinrich? The owner of The Fed & Bed Temora – The Courtyard Cafe. I grew up in Temora and left at 17 for university and came back to town 30 years later. I was working on the family farm for a while. We bought The Fed & Bed in March and opened up The Courtyard Cafe in August.
Best recent dining experience: Bah Bah Food & Wine in Cootamundra.
Favourite cuisine: Thai food.
Most embarrassing pantry item: Out of date something …
What ingredient can you not live without? Chicken. I love chicken.
Best coffee spot in Temora: The Courtyard Cafe.
What’s your coffee blend? We’ve just changed it to Toby’s Estate and we’ve been getting very good response to it.
Next big thing in the Temora food scene: The Railway Hotel. They are opening up a restaurant and a cafe with Italian street food. They’re going to have a bistro, fine dining and Italian street food.
A must-try on our menu: The roast chicken toasty.
My biggest culinary influence: My mother. She taught me to use good quality ingredients and make food with love.
Favourite cookbook: Probably the Women’s Weekly. I’ve been using it since I was a kid.
Who do I admire in the Temora food and wine scene? Peter Ward, the owner of The Railway Hotel with what he’s trying to do … bring different foods to Temora.
What are this week’s specials at The Courtyard Cafe? We do weekly special pasta which is either creamy pesto pasta, chicken pesto pasta or my bolognese sauce pasta.
Death row meal: Thai – chicken cashew stirfry.
My least favourite food: Seafood.
My COVID-19 response: It didn’t really affect me that much living in a regional town. I moved back to Temora from Taipei. It’s good to be back rather than be in another country.
My top three cooking tips: Don’t skimp on ingredients. Use the best ingredients and take your time.