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Rachel Khoo travels around one of Australia’s most stimulating regions and immerses herself in the world-renowned food capital of Australia.
19 Jun 2015 - 12:42 PM  UPDATED 27 Jul 2017 - 10:56 PM

British food sensation Rachel Khoo immerses herself in the world-renowned foodie capital of Australia in Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne. Always on the hunt for cooking inspiration, Rachel sketches ideas in her notebook, whipping up delicious creations in the kitchen of her warehouse apartment. Throughout her journey, Rachel reveals a rich, multicultural food scene and plenty of hidden sightseeing treasures.


Episode 1 

Aired Thursday 8 June at 8.05pm on SBS

Rachel’s Australian food odyssey begins! Kicking off her eight week journey in one of the world’s most liveable cities, Rachel wanders around Melbourne's European-designed streets and samples coffee at the city’s oldest establishment. Rachel explores the oldest Chinatown in the Southern Hemisphere and discovers the importance early settlers had on Melbourne’s food scene. On her travels, Rachel also visits a new breed of restaurants with a 'back to basics' food philosophy and appreciation of fresh, seasonal ingredients.



Baked chicken dumplings with pickled chilli 

Sichuan twice-cooked pork (hui guo rou) 

Orange marmalade tartlets

Episode 2

Aired Thursday 15 June at 8.05pm on SBS

Everything old is cool again in Melbourne's retro heartland, with food and fashion leading the vintage charge. Rachel visits a century-old milk bar and samples a curious combination of Aussie classics at one of the city's trendy Melbourne bars. Later, Rachel prepares a dish with Kate Gibbs, the grand-daughter of legendary Aussie cook Margaret Fulton.



Contemporary Coronation chicken 

Egg and bacon bread bake


Episode 3

Aired Thursday 22 June at 8.05pm on SBS

Rachel explores some of the city’s suburban pockets and discovers an open-hearted food community. First up she meets a kindred spirit and discovers some of the tastiest croissants outside of Paris. Rachel cooks with expat and seasonal cooking advocate Matt Wilkinson, before discovering a not-for-profit restaurant.



Antipasto platter with baked brie 

One-pot lentils with naan lid

Torn figs with mascarpone and blue cheese cream 

Smashed figs with blue cheese


Episode 4

Aired Thursday 29 June at 8.05pm on SBS

Rachel takes a break from city life and spreads her wings on a road trip to the Bellarine Peninsula - a region emerging as the new ‘it’ area for foodies seeking local produce. Meeting up with a mussel trawler, winery owner and cheese maker, Rachel is treated to inspiring food stories and sensational fresh produce. Along the way, Rachel even has a go at milking a goat!



Cider-glazed ham hocks

Mussels three ways 

Sweet goat’s cheese croquettes 


Episode 5

Aired Thursday 6 July at 8.05pm on SBS

Melbourne prides itself on being the sporting capital of Australia. Rachel discovers what fuels the city's weekend warriors and shines a spotlight on sport fanatics' favourite gourmet fast food. She cooks with the city’s original food truck proprietor, samples the best Southern fried chicken Melbourne has to offer, and visits a cutting edge craft beer brewery.



Fish tacos

Beer-barbecued lamb ribs

Caramelised pineapple pies 

Episode 6

Aired Thursday 13 July at 8.05pm on SBS

Immigration has played a massive role in shaping Melbourne's food scene. Keen to explore this melting pot of cuisines, Rachel explores a Vietnamese food market, tracks down a suburban hot bed of Greek eats, and learns how to make passata from an Italian-Australian nonna.



Vietnamese lettuce cups with fish parma fingers

Spinach and ricotta ravioli with passata

Mini custard filo pastries 


Episode 7

Aired Thursday 20 July at 8.05pm on SBS

Rachel uncovers one of Melbourne’s lesser-known day trips when she heads for the hills and explores the Dandenongs region. She meets up with passionate Argentinian chef Mauro Callegari from The Independent restaurant and together the pair cook locally caught golden trout. Later, Rachel uncovers the secret behind Melbourne's delicious mushrooms and finds an orchard full of seasonal fruits.



Spelt crust nectarine tart 

Mushroom and cauliflower gratin

Salt-baked golden trout with lime risotto


Episode 8 

Aired Thursday 27 July at 8.05pm on SBS

Rachel wraps up her Melbourne immersion with a look at the city’s current and future food trends. She meets a Thai couple who have crafted their passion for Asian-fusion food into a unique all day breakfast. Rachel cooks with a local who represents the growing breed of mixed heritage chefs, and checks out a Texan-inspired smokehouse restaurant. Culminating her time in Australia, Rachel invites the series' guests to a barbecue party at her Melbourne apartment.



Coconut rice pudding with lemongrass curd

Glazed quail with chickpea fritters

Mushroom burgers with smoky aubergine sauce


Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne airs Thursdays at 8.05pm on SBS. Check out the program page for recipes and more out more about the show.