Discover the bounty of the earth with Maeve O’Meara in Food Safari Earth

 Thursday, 21 September 2017

Media Release

"Food Safari Earth is one of the most inspiring series we’ve made – each day after filming with chefs and home cooks who draw on recipes from around the world, I can’t wait to get into my own kitchen to try and recreate those fabulous flavours.” – Maeve O’Meara

Australia’s empress of food television, Maeve O’Meara returns to SBS with Food Safari Earth, exploring how multicultural Australia cooks with the delicious variety of fresh vegetables, exotic fruits, herbs, grains, pulses and flowers cultivated by Mother Nature.

Each of the 13 episodes explores a different range of ingredients through the eyes of prominent members of the Australian food scene, from authentic home cooks who have migrated from Ethiopia, Syria, Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and more; to hatted-restaurant Head Chefs like Danielle Alvarez, Martin Benn, Peter Gilmore, Guy Grossi, Andrew McConnell, Tetsuya Wakuda, and Frederico Zanellato.

Maeve uncovers ancient methods and techniques passed down through the generations alongside high-end scientific dishes and classic vegetable-driven meals from around the world.

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald, said:

“Our audiences love Maeve O’Meara and Food Safari – they delight in the show’s knowledge, understanding and passion for food of all cultures. We’re thrilled to be bringing an inspiring new series to audiences that showcases how the freshest seasonal produce can create amazing flavours, colours and textures. Food Safari Earth is a visual delight featuring the top chefs and best cooks of multicultural Australia, combining food as art with practical, achievable recipes.”

Filmed across the four seasons and with unprecedented access to some of the best Australian farms, gardens, and production lines, Food Safari Earth features a vast array of recipes that present the earth’s treasures at their absolute best.

This series will inspire food lovers and introduce all Australians to imaginative ways of creating with vegetables. There’s no doubt vegetables are the new black and they’re damned sexy!” – Maeve O’Meara.

Food Safari Earth airs Thursdays at 8.00pm on SBS from 12 October.

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Episodes will be available after broadcast anytime, anywhere, for free via SBS On Demand.
Recipes from the series will be available anytime, anywhere, for free via SBS Food Online

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Review copies and images available at the SBS Media Centre: sbs.com.au/mediacentre

For recipes and articles on series content, go to sbs.com.au/food-safari

Maeve O’Meara – Presenter

Brought up in an Irish Australian family in the “white-bread suburbs”, Maeve O’Meara always longed for more exotic flavours and eventually constructed a life in which no two days are the same and each meal is a total delight. Starting her career as a newspaper journalist, Maeve moved to television and worked in news and current affairs before finding her true passion – food.

She’s now an award-winning television food presenter and author (Food Safari, Food Lovers' Guide to Australia, Better Homes and Gardens, SBS Eating Guides to Sydney and Melbourne). Maeve has spent many years exploring the many cuisines that make our Australian culinary scene so vibrant. About the special magic of Food Safari, Maeve says: "Many of the chefs and cooks appearing are my old friends, so as a viewer you feel like you get a kiss on both cheeks as you pull up a chair to learn some great recipes and tips."

Maeve has spent her life collecting recipes, from her early days baking with her grandmother to her in-depth exploration of the many cuisines around the world. This has been woven into work as a food editor in major magazines, television food presenter and cookbook author. She also runs a much loved food adventure company Gourmet Safaris which offers tours in Sydney, Melbourne, parts of Australia and delicious locations around the world.

Toufic Charabati – Series Producer and Director
Toufic Charabati is an award-winning Producer, Director and Editor. Toufic has worked at numerous production houses, SBS, the Nine Network and ABC TV before establishing Kismet Productions. Prior to Food Safari, he produced Series 4 & 5 of the acclaimed The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia, which won the coveted World Food Media Awards Gold Ladle for Best Food TV Program (Long Form) in 2005.

Food Safari Earth is the eighth instalment of the Food Safari series. Food Safari is directed and produced by Kismet Productions for SBS.