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Mike McInerney's taken things next-level at Sydney's beloved Saturday markets.

Redfern/Darlington's Saturday hub of fresh bread, fresh flowers, and freshly washed pooches, the newly-named Carriageworks Farmers Market has taken things next level. Acclaimed Australian chef and brains behind Kitchen By Mike Mike McEnearney, has been appointed as creative director of the markets (formerly known as Eveleigh Markets).

Intending to turn the markets into an internationally-renowned foodie paradise akin to London's Borough Markets, McEnearney knows a thing or two about creating a lauded, must-visit food location. One of Australia's top chefs, he's earned his stripes working at big gun restaurants; before opening his wildly popular Rosebery eatery Kitchen By Mike, he'd already worked at the likes of Neil Perry's Rockpool, London's Michelin-starred Pied a Terre and Sir Terence Conran's Mezzo.

"I want to put Carriageworks Farmers Market on the world stage, promoting NSW produce and with a goal of creating an internationally-acclaimed food and arts precinct in Sydney's Redfern," says McEnearney. "I am passionate about produce and have always supported and promoted the local and smaller producers in my work. We're aspiring to grow the Carriageworks Farmers Markets to the same international scale and acclaim as London's Borough Markets."

Working closely with the Carriageworks team, the 70+ stallholders and NSW producers, McEnearney has expanded the markets' already-flourishing smorgasbord, offering more information about the produce's origins and potential uses, recipes and demonstrations.

Carriageworks Farmers Market is held weekly on Saturdays from 8am until 1pm at Carriageworks.

Published on August 10, 2015 by Shannon Connellan

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