All-star lineup features in The Great Australian Cookbook

On Tuesday, November 7 at 8.45pm, Lifestyle FOOD will be taking viewers on a mouth-watering adventure around Australia to meet the country’s most celebrated culinary names in a stunning new series, The Great Australian Cookbook.

Featuring an extraordinary lineup of 22 of Australia’s greatest cooks, from top restaurateurs to local unsung heroes, the 11-part series is a beautifully affectionate snapshot of the food Australians love to cook, eat and enjoy with family and friends.

A stellar lineup of Australia’s best-known chefs, including Maggie Beer, Matt Moran and Darren Robertson feature in the series, inviting viewers in to their homes and work places as they cook their favourite dishes for loved ones – whether it’s a treasured family recipe or a simple crowd pleaser – and revealing philosophies on food and life along the way.

The Great Australian Cookbook will also feature a colourful group of local Aussie heroes, including the Country Womens’ Association baking champion, the bush tucker expert, pastry cooks and farmers all cooking beloved recipes for those closest to them, as the series travels from Alice Springs to Bruny Island, Western Australia and Far North Queensland.

Said Hannah Barnes, General Manager of Foxtel’s Lifestyle channels, “The special thing about this new series, The Great Australian Cookbook is that it features a lineup of Australia’s most talented chefs and cooks, making the food for the people they love. Never before have I seen a show that has so much heart and celebrates all the cultures and regions of Australia.”

“The series joins an incredibly strong slate of exclusive food productions set to premiere on Lifestyle Food over summer, including audience favourites The Great British Bake Off and our very ownThe Great Australian Bake Off.”

Episode one introduces Australian culinary icon Maggie Beer at her stunning Pheasant Farm in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Maggie shares one of her all-time favourite recipes, Chocolate Pear Almond Tart, which she prepares for her staff for afternoon tea, while sharing the history of Pheasant Farm and her current passion, her work with the Maggie Beer Foundation.

Episode one also showcases one of Australia’s brightest young chefs, Matt Stone, head chef of Oakridge in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. Matt explains his holistic, sustainable approach to food as he returns to his parents’ home in Pinjarra, WA to cook lunch for his extended family.

Using local produce and fresh home-cooked ingredients, he prepares a Charcoal-Roasted Vegetable Salad Feast alongside perfect Char-Grilled Prawns – while discussing how cooking gave his life direction.

The Great Australian Cookbook is produced by CJZ and is exclusive to Foxtel’s Lifestyle FOOD.

The 11 x 30 minute series premieres on Tuesday, November 7 at 8.45pm AEDT. Following its broadcast on Lifestyle FOOD each week, each episode will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on Foxtel Now.

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