A taste of what's to come...
PADDOCK TO PLATE, LOGIES NOMINATION
Paddock to Plate has been nominated for a TV Week Logie Award in the Most Popular Lifestyle Program and I would love it if you'd like to support the show and vote. If you're feeling extra generous I've also been nominated for Most Popular Presenter! Voting closes on February 22nd and those that take the time to nominate also go into the draw from TV Week to win a trip to Melbourne to attend the awards. You can vote by clicking HERE.
Paddock to Plate was also nominated in the recent AACTA Awards (Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts) in the Best Light Entertainment category and it's gone international, being screened throughout Asia, Canada, the Middle East, NZ and other countries, which is so fantastic and heart-warming to see. I’m really excited and humbled by how the programme has been received and I’m thankful to everyone that took part in making the series, particularly of course, all the amazing producers that we visited in Season 1 & 2. It’s a programme I’ve always wanted to make and it’s such a privilege to be able to showcase all the amazing produce and people Australia has.
If you missed Season 1 or 2, there will be encore episodes airing in early 2015 on Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel and LifeStyle Food.
OZHARVEST CEO COOKOFF - PLEASE HELP!
As you may know already I'm a big supporter of OzHarvest, a fantastic charity that highlights the issues of food waste, hunger and homelessness. For those of you that aren't familiar with OzHarvest, they're a food rescue organisation - they collect quality excess food from commercial outlets (such as restaurants) and deliver it direct and free to charities that feed vulnerable Aussies. It's something that's very close to my heart so each year I participate in their annual CEO Cookoff. This year's event is on March 2nd and I will be cooking along with 39 other chefs and 150 CEOs to serve delicious meals to 1000 vulnerable Aussies, all while raising much needed funds for OzHarvest! I would love you to join me in supporting this great cause! My goal is to raise $15,000 - every dollar donated enables OzHarvest to deliver a meal to someone who really needs it.
To donate, simply visit my fundraising page by clicking HERE, search for my name and click 'sponsor'. I'd be really grateful for any dollar you can spare to help support this great cause! Thanks for your support guys. Cheers, MM.
I have always had a strong love of food and local produce. I believe that seasonality is an important basis for menu production and one of the most significant ingredients in achieving a flavoursome, balanced and premium quality menu.
My driving force remains seasonality and a passion for producing the best contemporary food possible. It’s a long-held passion, taking seed at the age of 15, when I started my chef’s apprenticeship at La Belle Helene in Sydney’s Roseville. I learnt and finessed the skill in classical French cooking which remains the foundation of my cooking today.
I launched my first restaurant - The Paddington Inn Bistro - with Peter Sullivan in 1991. The success of this venture led to a second, Moran’s Restaurant and Café, which opened in ’95 and was awarded best new restaurant in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide that year. My flagship two-hat ARIA Restaurant in Sydney opened in ’99. We continued to grow the business by opening Opera Bar in ’06 and ARIA Catering whereby we cater to a range of offsite venues and locations around Sydney, Brisbane & the Sydney Opera House. ARIA Brisbane opened its doors in ’09 and just recently was awarded two coveted Chefs Hats just like our flagship in Sydney. 2012 was a big year whereby we opened two new venues, CHISWICK restaurant in Woollahra and Riverbar & Kitchen in Brisbane plus I was awarded GQ Magazine Chef of the Year!
My main focus are my restaurants, however this year you will see my passion and knowledge on my new show From Paddock to Plate which will air on the Lifestyle channel on FOXTEL.