The Year of the Monkey looks like it might also be the year of the collaboration. Kicking off next week, Sydney's Automata opens its doors to its friends in food and wine for a monthly lunch series called co.lab kitchen.
"We did a Pinbone takeover last December, which was really popular and that got me thinking about a lunch series concept," says chef Clayton Wells.
With equal focus on what's in the glass and what's on the plates, Wells is gearing up to push boundaries with a lunch of "many different perspectives". The series débuts on Saturday 20 February with young-gun chef Lee Westcott from London's Typing Room sharing the pass for a relaxed six-course affair.
"We'll showcase what Lee does but we'll mess it up a bit," says Wells. "It'll be fun to take him around to the fish markets and farms before we write the menu."
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