3 Dec 2008 - 7:30 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

During South American Food Safari, Maeve O\'Meara joins chef, Jorge Chacon, to learn about the particular flavours and ingredients that make South American food really special.

Chef Juan Gomez makes Colombian style arepas and Chilean musician Gema Badiola prepares a fragrant, all-purpose salsa called pebre.

Argentinean baker Roberto Lagrange explains the subtle regional differences in empanadas, and Yvonne Cutro reveals her home-made recipe for this small savoury pie that is enjoyed throughout the continent.

Chef Alejandro Saravia shows how to make Peru\'s national dish, ceviche; the tangy raw fish marinated in lime juice with onions, chilli and salt. Fabian Conca demonstrates a traditional South American barbeque, and from Chilean butcher Margarita Garcia and her son Ricardo, Maeve learns the secrets to chorizo and the special asado cuts of beef.

Restaurateur Diana Pinon introduces Maeve to the intense herbal drink maté and Carmen Almenara makes a rich caramel that is a favourite in South American biscuits and sweets.

Featured Businesses

Essential Ingredients Segment

Jorge works as chef at Sean’s Kitchen and runs his catering company Foodesigners.

Sean’s Kitchen
Level 2 Star City
80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Ph: (02) 9777 9000
W: www.seanskitchen.com.au

Foodesigners Catering
Ph: (02) 9731 1083
M: 0402 437 700

Segment filmed at: Tierras Latinas
Shop 1/57 Smart Street
Fairfield NSW 2165
Ph: (02) 9723 4446

Arepas Segment
Juan Gomez is owner and head chef at San Juan Restaurant.

San Juan Restaurant
560 Pacific Hwy
St Leonards NSW 2065
Ph: (02) 9438 2033
W: www.sanjuan.com.au

Empanadas Segment
Roberto Lagrange is owner and baker at La Torre Cake Shop

La Torre Cake Shop
1/9 Nelson Street
Fairfield NSW 2165
Ph: (02) 9726 5014

Ceviche Segment
Alejandro Saravia works in fine-dining and private catering.

Segment filmed at: Peruvian Cultural and Gastronomical Day
Australian National Maritime Museum
Darling Harbour

Asado Segment
Margarita Garica and her son Richard Garcia are butchers who own and run Margarita’s Cecinas South American Butchery.

Margarita’s Cecinas South American Butchery
205 Hamilton Road
Fairfield West NSW 2165
Ph: (02) 9728 3371

Asado Segment
Fabian Conca is the master of his home barbeque, and he and his wife Karina teach tango at their dance school:

Tango Argentino
PO Box 373
St Clair NSW 2759
Ph: (02) 9670 1357
E: info@tangoconca.com

Mate Segment
Diana Piñón is restaurateur of Casapueblo.

Casapueblo South American Restaurant
474 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9319 6377
W: www.casapueblorestaurant.com

Manjar Blanco Segment
Carmen Almenara makes caramel filled chocolates for her business Tejas del Solar.

Tejas del Solar Hand Made Chocolates
3 Holford Crescent
Gordon NSW 2072
Ph: 0414 626 964
W: www.tejasdelsolar.com.au

Segment filmed at:
Bariloche Cakes
Shop 1/77-83 Moore Street
Liverpool NSW 2170
Ph: (02) 9602 3755

La Parrillada Charcoal Restaurant
470 Parramatta Road
Petersham NSW 2165
Ph: (02) 9723 4446