Six different Australian celebrity chefs, including Dan Churchilli, Sarah Todd, Rebecca Sullivan, Luke Hines, Mark Olive and Paul West visit remote locations around the world to learn more about food security and sustainability practices. Each chef becomes an assistant to the local cooks in these diverse communities to experience and learn more about their unique food cultures, real life challenges and some amazing recipes. Agricultural science and culinary creativity come together in kitchens around the world.
The Good Cooks premieres on Thursday 8 November at 8.30pm. The series airs Thursdays at 8.30pm (with an encore on Sundays at 6.30pm) on SBS Food, Channel 33. After they air, episodes will stream on SBS On Demand.
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Episode 1: Vietnam
With irrepressible energy and enthusiasm, Dan Churchill a Sydney born chef, who recently opened a new restaurant in New York, travelled to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. He tried his hand at pork and crab soup, rice paper rolls and even catching, filleting and cooking a local water snake.
3. Vietnamese snake (món ngon sa lam)
Episode 2: Fuji
As if being a mum, entrepreneur, chef and running three restaurants isn’t enough, Sarah Todd travelled to the tourist hub of the South Pacific, Nadi, Fiji to explore the fledgling tropical fruit industry being helped by Australian agricultural science and to cook like a Fijian.
Episode 3: Indonesia
Aussie food writer, TV presenter, and chef Rebecca Sullivan went to West Timor in Indonesia to meet some beef farmers and to learn how to cook their way (with rather a lot of chilli).
Episode 4: Philippines
Aussie fitness/wellness coach and cookbook author, Luke Hines travelled to Guimaras Island in the central Philippines to cook some local delicacies and learn how captive breeding of giant grouper is important for the future of the Asian fishing industry.
Episode 5: Tanzania
Mark Olive, aka ‘The Black Olive’, is a well-known celebrity chef with a charismatic style and creative approach to cooking Australian bush foods. Mark saw first-hand how an Australian poultry vaccine is improving Tanzanian village nutrition and to learn how to cook like a local in the remote Rift Valley.
4. Boiled chicken in a tomato stew with potatoes, carrot and capsicum (mchemsho wa kuku)
Episode 6: Mozambique
Passionate about connecting people to how their food is grown, Chef and TV presenter Paul West took an adventure across the Indian Ocean to Mozambique to see how one of Africa’s poorest nations is being supported through an Australian-led research partnership.
The Good Cooks premieres on Thursday 8 November at 8.30pm. The series airs Thursdays at 8.30pm (with an encore on Sundays at 6.30pm) on Food Network, Channel 33. After they air, episodes will stream on SBS On Demand.
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