Eleven years ago - after about 2000 restaurant reviews - Matthew Evans decided to pack it in as Fairfax’s chief food critic and go in search of a different life as a chef and farmer, living off the land sustainably and economically in rural Tasmania. He also became a TV host, with three seasons of his show Gourmet Farmer on SBS.
Then, in 2014, Matthew Evans asked “What’s the catch?”, in a series investigating where our seafood comes from and how sustainable its farming is. Now he turns his attention towards the meat industry in his new series, For The Love Of Meat with Matthew Evans. Like most of us conflicted by our addiction to both pulled pork rolls and cute animal videos, he didn’t necessarily want to stop eating meat, he just wanted to know more about where his food comes from and how the animals are treated.
He learnt that Australians are the second biggest carnivores on the planet (after the US) and, after talking his way into our chicken, pig and cattle farms, discovered grim truths about what bad farming practices and over-consumption of meat products does to our environment, animals and health.
It’s a truly eye-opening series but don’t worry: it’s not trying to shame you out of eating your nan’s spag bol. Evans himself owns and operates a wonderful free-range pig farm and cooking school south of Hobart, so he’s not out to tell you the only option in life is all-out veganism (for that, watch the Earthlings doco… or don’t, because it’s TERRIFYING).
What For The Love Of Meat with Matthew Evans will encourage you to do is eat sustainably, choose local, seasonal produce and most importantly, ask a few questions before tucking straight into that winner winner chicken dinner.
For The Love Of Meat with Matthew Evans starts Thursday, 20 October at 7.30pm on SBS. After they air, episodes will be available on SBS On Demand.
Missed What's the Catch?? Watch the first episode right here: