FvF Cooks with Max Frey: Team Lunch Part 1 - Friends of Friends / Freunde von Freunden (FvF)

FvF Cooks with Max Frey: Team Lunch Part 1


Our latest team lunch saw FvF come together in the courtyard of the FvF Apartment, and indulge in some traditional Austrian dishes.

Brought to us by Austrian chef and artist, Max Frey, we were treated to some rye bread canapés topped with homemade spreads, and a pear, walnut and parmesan salad. The variety of spreads included vegan pumpkin, olive and liver, along with many others. Originating as an Austrian response to savoury canapés, they were the perfect starter to a delicious meal.

Members of the FvF team were eyeing up the pear and walnut salad as the olive oil, parmesan and sea salt was still being sprinkled on top. The mixture of the pears’ sweetness and the savory combination of walnut and parmesan was a real treat. The salad and canapés were the beginning of an extended lunch of indulgent delights.

Read on for the ingredient list for one of the canapés and the recipe for Max’s pear salad.

Pumpkin Canapé


  • Topping
    • 1 Pumpkin
    • 2 Sweet potato
    • 3 Garlic
    • 4 Pears
    • 5 Onions
    • 6 Salt and pepper
    • 7 Lemon juice
    • 8 White balsamic vinegar
    • 9 Tarragon
    • 10 Sesame
    • 11 5 tbsp oil
    • 12 Horseradish


Boil the pumpkin and sweet potato.
Roast the onions, pear and garlic in a pan.
After some time, roast the sesame with the onion-garlic mixture.
Puree everything together.
Spread the bread and serve with sesame.

Pear Salad, with Parmesan and Walnuts


    • 1 4 green pears (preferably very hard)
    • 2 100g Parmesan cheese
    • 3 50g walnuts
    • 4 Good olive oil
    • 5 Maldon sea salt
    • 6 Pepper


Quarter the pears and cut into thin slices.
Lay the pear slices on a platter.
Sprinkle the walnuts and thinly sliced parmesan on the pears.
Flavor with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Thank you, Max, for treating us to an excellent array of foods. Next week, we will share the hot dishes with you, including a main course of ratatouille and veal. Max’s catering can be found on his website. Find more FvF Cooks episodes and get some inspiration for meals with friends.

Photography: Gergana Petrova
Text: Aggi Cantrill