THE ROCKPOOL FILES

Australian artist Ben Brown conjured up the lurid, half human-half skull and skeleton murals that encompass the El Camino Cantina brand. Here, he talks about his crazy, punk-rock-inspired artwork, and how he’s incorporating the music, surfing and motor-cycle cultures that he grew up with into the art pieces that define these colourful and eclectic Tex-Mex diners.

Japanese chef Shoji Toru achieved two major milestones in 2018: his promotion to the role of Head Chef at the newest Saké Restaurant & Bar in Manly and attaining employer sponsored permanent residency status. Shoji, who has lived in Sydney for the past six and half years and worked at Saké The Rocks for the past four and a half of those, is a humble recipient of each well-earned honour.