There's an interesting and innovative food program screening on the TEN network that might just make you think twice about going into mainstream production with your family's favourite raspberry white chocolate muffins or Nanna's best ever Bolognaise sauce.
Recipe to Riches takes much loved recipes from everyday Aussies and (hopefully) turns them into top-selling products on the shelves of Woolworths, one of the two major Australian supermarkets. The series gives viewers insight into a recipe's journey from the creator's kitchen to the branding, product launch and supermarket shelves.
Hosted by three 'experts': Carolyn Cresswell from Carman's Fine Foods, advertising guru David Nobay and chef Darren Robertson, who (together with Woolworths GM Lizzy Ryley) coach the contestants through a food battle. to see if their product can succeed on a supermarket shelf.
Recipe to Riches screens on the TEN network on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm.
Adam Liaw, winner of MasterChef series two, returns to our screens as host of the SBS series, Destination Flavour Japan. Having lived and worked in Japan for seven years, Liaw is the perfect presenter for this beautifully shot program that features the country that first fired his passion for food. From the frozen ponds of Hokkaido in the north to the southern multicultural island of Okinawa, viewers follow Liaw's one-on-one encounters with the obsessive primary producers, local food legends and master chefs; peppered with recipes that are achievable for the home cook. Watch a preview here and book your seats on the sofa now. Commencing on 19 September, the ten part series will screen on SBS on Thursday nights at 8.00pm.
Viewers have the opportunity to have a masterclass with culinary legend, Madhur Jaffrey, who returns to television for the first time in 17 years with a new series that sees her explore the British love affair with Indian cuisine. This 10-part series sees Ms Jaffrey travel around the UK, from London to Birmingham and Glasgow to Leicester, creating her very own food map and seeing first-hand how Indian food has been integrated into the British national way of life and why it's constantly voted as one of the nation's favourite foods. Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation kicks off on SBS on 22 August at 7.30pm.
In series one and two of Kitchen Cabinet, ABC political commentator Annabel Crabb, invaded the kitchens of Australian politicians in search of food and light psychoanalysis. This election year, she’s back for more, in a new prime-time home on ABC1. Each week Ms Crabb invites herself over to the home of a sitting Federal politician, offering dessert in exchange for a chat and dinner. Series three features Craig Emerson and Nick Xenophon, among others. Watch a preview here. Kitchen Cabinet screens on ABC 1 on Tuesday evenings at 8.00pm. It's interesting and delicious. Definitely worth viewing.
Join Shane Delia as he takes a break from Maha, his restaurant in Melbourne's CBD, to embark on an exotic Spice Journey that takes him to his homeland of Malta, and then on to Lebanon and ancient Persia. Delia's genuine enthusiasm for food and culture comes together in an aromatic blend of colour and taste in this brand new food and travel series in which he shares a gastronomic pilgrimage together with his cheeky personality and zest for life. Shane Delia's Spice Journey premieres on Thursday, 2 May at 7.30pm on SBS ONE.
In series three Matthew has moved on from Puggle Farm to greener (and bigger) pastures of Fat Pig Farm, where he continues to serve up a delicious feast from the paddock to the plate. Follow Matthew and his family, Sadie and Hedley, as they face the challenges of farm life all while discovering the culinary delights of home-grown produce.
Gourmet Farmer series 3 screens on SBS on Thursdays at 8.00pm from 14 March.
Internationally renowned chef, Yotam Ottolenghi features in Jerusalem On A Plate, which premieres on SBS ONE on Thursday, 21 February at 8.30pm, and also Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast which screens on Thursday, 28 February at 8.30 pm (4 episodes over 4 weeks).
The critically acclaimed seven part series Lyndey & Blair's Taste of Greece returns to SBS One at 3:30pm on Sundays.
The series is a beautiful tribute to Lyndey’s 29 year old son, Blair who passed away on Sunday, 17 April 2011 from Acute Myloid Leukemia. 'He was the most positive person I had ever met, and it was a joy and a privilege to have been his mother. It still hasn’t really sunk in’, says Lyndey.
Seeking culinary delights, adventure and antiquities, Lyndey and Blair, toured the fascinating Peloponnese with a film crew in 2010. The result, Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece, showcases the cuisine, culture and beautifully undiscovered land of this region, which is so accessible to Athens.
The series follows Lyndey and Blair as they cook, eat, drink and engage with the locals they meet along the way – a charming yet eclectic mix of home cooks, wine the cuisine of the Peloponnese has a starring role, the historic heart of Greece is not overlooked as ancient sites are explored with an adventurous edge, full of humour and insight. The unique mother/son relationship between Lyndey and Blair adds another layer of fun and banter.
'This is a road show like no other,' says Lyndey, 'not quite your average family holiday – and we are both food-seeking missiles.
'Travelling and shooting a television program with your mother is a little out of the ordinary! The beauty of a mother son relationship on camera is that you can't fake it, or replicate it, all the complexities have been built up over 29 years,' Blair explained just days before his sudden demise.
The companion book of the same title, a joyful collaboration between mother and son, is also out now. It contains beautiful location photography, amusing anecdotes and over 80 authentic yet fresh recipes. makers, producers, chefs and restaurateurs.
If you've seen any of the preview advertisements, you may have already picked favourites from the 2013 MY KITCHEN RULES contestants. In this series, teams from across the country join Mani Feildel and Pete Evans as they welcome new guest judge, Colin Fassnidge, alongside returning guest judges Guy Grossi, Karen Martini and Liz Egan. There will be triumphs, kitchen fires, laughter, tears and plenty of opinionated guests as they battle the clock and their nerves to plate up on time!
MY KITCHEN RULES launches on 28 January on the Seven Network, after the Australian Open tennis. Will you be watching?