A taste of what's to come.....
PADDOCK TO PLATE, SERIES 2
Over the past couple of months I've been travelling around the country filming the next season of my TV show, "Paddock to Plate" and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to be making the second series. Once again, there are so many incredible farmers and growers, so little time - this beautiful country of ours is just bursting with amazing produce.
We're venturing further afield this time to the lesser known regions of South and Western Australia - the changing season and climates in these locations offer up some really fantastic and unique produce and it's a privelege to have the opportunity to cook with it! I can't give away too much of the recipes and episodes just yet but stay tuned... over the next couple od months we'll be giving you some clues before the show airs on Foxtel's Lifestyle Channel later in the year.
PADDOCK TO PLATE, SERIES 1 - DVD RELEASE
I'm so proud to say that the first season of Paddock to Plate was met with rave review from both the food and media industries - it recently won Most Outstanding Lifestyle Programme at the 12th annual ASTRA awards. Many people have asked if there will be a DVD coming out and I'm happy to say that it's due for release very soon. I'll be announcing shortly where you can get your hands on a copy.
MY NEW COOKBOOK
My fourth cookcook, "Matt's Kitchen Garden" will be available from September this year. I've long held an appreciation for fresh, locally grown produce and I'm excited to see a huge rise in the number of kitchen, community and school gardens. More and more people have a real interest in growing their own produce and the recipes in this latest book are a celebration of this.
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.