20 Cheeky Questions: Aaron Teece of Studio Neon

Aaron Teece grew up in the Northern Rivers of NSW, near Byron Bay, and spent his childhood building tree houses and playing in the bush. As he has gotten older his interactions with nature have shifted slightly – nowadays they’re all about food. As owner of Studio Neon, one of Sydney’s most interesting and creative food destinations, he squeezes his teepee building projects in between his foraging expeditions!

Do you sleep naked? Yes, nearly always.

If you were a plant, what would you be? A rosemary plant. Hardy, useful, tasty, always close by but rarely picked.

What cheers you up? The ocean or being around water.

What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? I’d love to break the habit of how little I sleep. I usually only have 4-5 hours a night.

What is your favourite word? …… Probably Petrichor (the scent of rain on dry earth). It’s also one of my favorite smells. I also say “yeah” a lot.

Have you ever been in love with two people at the same time? No. I haven’t been that lucky or unlucky, depending on how you look at it.

Name a skill you wish you had. Being able to play guitar.

What is the most played song on your playlist (phone etc)? Pumped up kicks by Foster the People. Purely as it’s my alarm for nearly everything.

If you had to make a garden with 3 plants, what would they be? Thyme, parsley and garlic. All plants I use everyday.

What makes somebody sexy (apart from confidence)? A killer smile.

What do you miss most about being a kid? Building tree houses, so much so that I’m in the process of designing and building a tree house to live in.

What’s the first thing you notice about people? Probably their height.

Favourite natural scent? Petrichor (as above).

What qualities in people do you admire the most? Honesty and the ability to laugh when everything is going wrong.

What would you be doing in an alternate life or career? Probably a marine biologist.

What’s your perfect three course meal? One that I don’t need to cook! Something made with love and a little prior thought goes a long way.

If you could control your dreams, what would you dream about? No idea… Lets just say riding unicorns through puffy white clouds to keep it interesting.

Favourite kind of weather? Sunny blue skies and warm conditions, perfect beach days.

How many people are you completely yourself with? Three people. They know me inside out and could get any information out of me they wanted.