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Leo Payten is an 8-year-old boy who lives in Sydney. He has his own food blog, Leo's Feast, where he reviews restaurants and talks about food.
By
April Smallwood

17 Mar 2010 - 8:51 AM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

Leo Payten is an 8-year-old boy who lives in Sydney. He has his own food blog, Leo's Feast, where he reviews restaurants and talks about food.

What's your ultimate feast?
My ultimate feast would start with barbecued prawns with homemade mayonnaise, followed by my mum’s lasagna with a green salad and Iggy’s bread. To finish off, I would like a fresh fruit salad with a dash of maple syrup and some whipped cream.

What tunes do you play when you're getting you feast on?
When I am cooking, I like to listen to Dan Zanes or CDs of South American music from my Chilean guitar teacher.

Who's in the Leo's Feast team?
The Leo’s Feast team is made up of:
Mum and Dad
My grandmother Armah who lives in Canowindra and is Country manager.
My Aunty Tardy, who is the Darwin manager.
My Aunty Anne, who is assistant manager.
My other grandparents, Min and Pop, who are Inner West managers.
My school friend Tom B, who helps with the website.

Your secret food shame...
Not telling.

Tell us about your biggest recipe disaster.
Some cupcakes I made with a friend. I thought I had memorised the recipe and we added few extra touches, but it turned out really badly. I learnt to always use a recipe for cakes.

What's Australia's best restaurant for kids? Why is it the best?
This is hard because I have a few favourites. All the restaurants on my blog are ones I love. The best family pizza restaurant would be RossoPomodoro in Balmain. If you wanted to go out for a quiet family dinner, check out Nina’s Ploy Thai in Bondi.

What's your typical school lunch look like?
Well, today I had homemade baked beans and chorizo, but I also love a chicken, mayonnaise and salad sandwich. I like taking salads for lunch. They usually have baby spinach, rocket, chickpeas, feta, tomato and capsicum (and sometimes tuna). For recess, I have quince paste and cheese on crackers or labne on crackers, a sesame snap and some fruit.

What are your plans for the family business? Where do you see it going in the next five years? Are there any collaboration projects coming up between Leo's Feast and Hibiscus Films?
I would like my blog to be more popular. I will keep reviewing restaurants. I am working on a script for a Leo’s Feast cooking show to be posted on my blog. I am not working with Hibiscus Films, they kindly let me use their office. I do some jobs for them in the holidays.

What other blogs do you read?
I like to read Nigella Lawson’s blog.