Behind the Stove, In Front of the Camera

Chefs of the Border share their favourite recipes online as part of a new collaboration

When local production company Rooftop Media saw business dwindling due to COVID-19 shutdowns, they also felt for other business owners who had to temporarily close their doors completely - namely the hospitality industry.

So after a team meeting about how to create work and help other local businesses in the process, Project Hotplate was born.

Project Hotplate showcases local chefs through online cooking classes. These classes, filmed by Rooftop Media, provide step-by-step instructions on how to cook one of the chef’s signature dishes. The videos are then available for purchase through Project Hotplate’s website.

“With our expertise in web and video, online cooking classes just made sense,” says Rooftop Media and Project Hotplate founder Hannah Nicholls.

“It was an opportunity to lift the spirits of our local industry by getting chefs back in the kitchen and giving customers a way to support their favourite restaurants while they’re unable to dine out.”

Rooftop Media has had an overwhelming response from local restaurants wanting to get involved, bringing a wide range of delicious meals to the table. Some of these mouthwatering dishes include Garlic Roasted Pork Belly from Café Musette, Bacon Carbonara with a Twist from Fabric Restaurant (at Mercure Hotel), and Nonna’s Chicken Soup from Get Tossed Salad.

Proceeds from each sale are shared between Rooftop Media and the restaurant, helping keep spending local and supporting businesses who have been hard-hit by COVID-19 restrictions. Project Hotplate is testament to the strength gained by businesses who work collaboratively and the importance of making adaptations to thrive.

To see Project Hotplate’s full range of recipes, or if you are a restaurant keen to get involved, head to or follow Project Hotplate on Facebook and Instagram.