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Rose Adam grew up in a big Lebanese family, where everything revolved around food. Making people happy and cooking for her loved ones was one of the reasons why she wanted to pursue her food dream.
Having watched MasterChef with her mum over the last few years, Rose was glued to the TV and never missed an episode. This prompted her to throw caution to the wind and apply. Her brother, Moussa (who is no longer with us), was her biggest supporter and would often tell her to go for it.
Rose was too nervous to take that next step, but when the opportunity popped up last year, she left all her fears and insecurities at the door, swallowed her nerves and gave it a red hot go. And we’re SO glad that she did! Rose made Adelaide proud, as she successfully made it into the MasterChef Australia top 10.
Image credit: Rose Adam MasterChef
Since leaving the show, a new door has opened (literally). Her new and super cool cafe, The Middle Store, is a Middle Eastern-inspired cafe, located in Melrose Park. She runs it with her brother, George and sister, Haefa. You really must go — the coffee is great and food is BEYOND!
Image credit: The Middle Store
As fellow food lovers, it’s only fair that we pick her brain and find out where the best and most delicious eateries are in Adelaide.
Today, Rose Adam is our Inspirational Adelady. These are her fave places in Adelaide:
Image: one of her gems, zartar crusted lamb salad (The Middle Store)
FAVE BREAKFAST SPOT
This is a toughie, but aside from our little place, I would have to say Rosey’s on Unley Road (not just because of the awesome name). It’s close to home, so I can walk there and enjoy the sunshine. The staff are always happy and the zucchini fritters with smoked salmon are hard to go past. Plus, I also love their very clever blackboard signs out the front, which make me smile.
Image credit: Rosey’s
FAVE PLACE TO BUY FRESH PRODUCE
I always love shopping at the Adelaide Central Market. There’s so much variety and everyone is incredibly passionate about what they sell — it’s hard not to get carried away. My other favourite place, when I can get down there, is the Gepps Cross Sunday Market. It’s so nice to meet the growers and get the best picks, plus it’s filled with bargains — what’s not to love?
Image credit: Gepps Cross Sunday Market by Kelsey’s Kitchen: Nourishing Nutrition
I really enjoy the wines at Chalk Hill in McLaren Vale. A wonderful family business and the wines are sensational. I am partial to a red, but I am going to be honest, I’m pretty hopeless at selecting wines. I usually leave that up to whoever I’m having dinner with!
Image credit: Chalk Hill Wines
FAVE SPOT FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY
Weekend getaways are few and far between these days. But when I can, nothing beats the Barossa. It’s so lovely to be able to wander and discover different wineries and wine. It’s also stunning, which doesn’t hurt. The food and the restaurants are wonderful, but the farmers markets are really where it’s at for me.
This is by far the toughest to answer, it honestly depends on what I’m in the mood for. If it’s cheap, delicious and cheerful, it has to be Ricky’s Chicken in the food court at the Adelaide Central Market. The fried chicken with noodles and broth… Yum. Yum. Yum.
For something a little more special, it’s a toss up between Africola and Golden Boy. They are both wonderful. They each have a great space that creates a wonderful atmosphere. The food is insanely delicious — the smoked carrots and baked whole cauliflower at Africola are unbelievably amazing! The betel leaf dish at Golden Boy is like a little parcel of happiness.
Image credit: Golden Boy Restaurant
For more of this delightful woman, visit her and her store online:
ROSE ADAM :: FACEBOOK
THE MIDDLE STORE :: FACEBOOK