A taste of what's to come.....
PADDOCK TO PLATE
Today Foxtel announced that they had re-signed me to host a second season of The Lifestyle's Channel's new local production "Paddock to Plate". The first series I am proud to say ranked among the top 2 programs in its timeslot for subscription television and was met with rave review from both the food and media industries and has been nominated in the 12th annual ASTRA Awards for the Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program. Click the link to vote for the show http://bit.ly/1n6A2n9
The first season of Paddock to Plate saw me leave my chef whites in the kitchen and embarked on a road trip to meet the best growers, producers and farmers along the East Coast of Australia. It was such an inspiring journey of discovery for me, but I feel like we only just scratched the surface on showcasing some of the amazing produce and producers that this country has to offer. The second series is exciting as I will be venturing further afield to some lesser known regions of South Australia & WA to visit more artisan producers. The changing seasons and climates are sure to offer up some fantastic and unique produce and I'm looking forward to meeting their passionate producers. I can't wait to get on the road and cook again!
CEO COOK OFF
OzHarvest is a charity that is close to my heart. To take food waste which is so prevalent in today's society and to turn it around in order to feed those in need is a truly worthwhile cause which I support wholeheartedly. The charity is again raising money through the CEO Cook Off and I have decided to jump on and get involved. The event will bring together celebrity chefs and CEOs and aims to put the spotlight on the issue of food security and the challenges faced by youth in crisis and Indigenous communities, whilst raising much needed funds for OzHarvest. Please help me raise much needed funds and donate to this worthwhile cause http://bit.ly/1mWByIu
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.