Eloise Praino

glutton for nourishment

Hi! I'm Eloise! :) I made it to the top 8 on MasterChef Australia 2017.

Welcome to my little patch of cyberspace.  Here you can find a collection of my recipes, reviews and stories, as well as keep up to date with any events I'm involved in, or what I'm up to generally.  

As you probably know, I love to cook, I love to eat, and I have a particular fondness for whisky.  I want to share with you my adventures with all things food and drink.

This is also the perfect place to get in contact if you would like to talk events, functions or any potential collaborations.  Get in touch and let's chat!

Thanks for stopping by,

Eloise xx

Pizza Quest

Hey folks!

I am still in the process of updating my website. Lame, I know.
It has been a while. Slack, I know.
I should probably get onto that.
I will.
Soon.
Promise.

In the meantime, I figured it was time to get back into some reviewing.

A few years ago, some friends and I embarked upon a mission we named Burger Quest. We endeavoured to find Adelaide’s best burger and it was a (usually) delicious and (mostly) fun exercise. We had very few fights, we learned a lot about ourselves and each other (and burgers, mostly), and all in all it was a great way to eat some food and spend time with fun people who shared a common interest.

(If you want to read about those exploits, you can find Burger Quest 2014 here.)

Fast forward to 2019 and we’ve decided to start again, but this time exploring the many facets of my absolute favourite and most revered food of all time - PIZZA!!

So, welcome to Pizza Quest.

Some rules.

There will be a central group of six of us. Each Quest must have at least four persons present. We will allow others to join us along the way, but (as we learned our lesson the hard way last time) new members must attend for one session before their votes will count. We will always allow comments by anybody who is in attendance.

We will only be tasting and reviewing the more traditional, Neapolitan-style pizzas. You know the types I mean - cooked in a super-hot-a-million-degrees-melt-your-face-off oven with the bubbles around the crust, the centre so thin you can almost see through it but with JUST enough structural integrity that it will still hold its own once sliced. The type of pizza you get folded in four and wrapped in paper from a street vendor in Napoli, the sauce full of the sweetness of a sun-kissed tomato, the cheese oozy and stretchy, those occasional pops of basil and the lingering silkiness of the best quality extra virgin olive oil all held together by a chewy, tender, sometimes burny-bubbled-crust of dough which has seen enough in its life to tell a story all on its own…

*SIGH*

ANYWAY. We will be scoring Margherita pizzas as our control at every place we attend. We will also be allowed to choose an additional, non-Margherita pizza because let’s face it, there is more to life than just one type of pizza.

Pizzas will be scored across six categores:-

  • Crust /10

  • Sauce /10

  • Balance & Composition /10

  • Overall flavour /10

  • Vibe / Venue / Value /10

  • Non-Margherita /10

Each person will give each category a score out of 10, each category will be averaged and then the pizza will be given an aggregate percentage score overall to determine where Adelaide’s best pizza can truly be found.

The beauty of doing it this way is that each individual has their own ideas of what a good pizza should be. Those of us who have been addicted to the stuff since birth have developed a finely calibrated palate and have fairly specific requirements for a perfect 10/10. However, each of us is different and life would be pretty boring if you just listened to one person’s opinion on all things at all times, so the more voices we can add to this conversation the better!

We currently have a list of some of our pre-existing favourite places, together with some as yet untrialled (although, to be honest, not many on this front) and our intention is to bring a few laughs, get a little judgey, and most importantly, eat some delicious food.

So please join us along the way - I’d love to hear your feedback and if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!!

Big love as always,

Eloise xo

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