In the new series 'A Cook Abroad' on LifeStyle FOOD, six celebrity chefs head off on a culinary odyssey. Here's a sneak peek!
When you’re overseas, it is often the food that allows non-verbal conversations to take place. A simple meal can reveal more about a country than any guidebook. Above all, food connects us.
Six top celebrity chefs went out to learn more about their favourite dishes, and what part global influences have played in their evolution. Here we share two!
CHEF: John Torode
CULINARY DESTINATION: Argentina
John Torode is a meat lover and connoisseur who is thrilled to be in Argentina, a country where beef is a national obsession. John tries the traditional street food of Buenos Aires before heading off on an epic road trip across the iconic Pampas region to Mendoza in the Andes foothills, in search of the best steak in the world and the best way to cook it. Along the way, he encounters the industrialisation of farming that threatens the ancient way of life. Local gauchos (cowboys) teach him traditional cattle-rearing techniques, and he enjoys an authentic barbecue, an asado. At a truckers’ cafe stop, John has an epiphany – the secret is cooking with fire!
Chimichurri - Made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano,and white vinegar, it’s served as a sauce with grilled meat.
CHEF: Rachel Khoo
CULINARY DESTINATION: Malaysia
British-born TV chef and food writer Rachel Khoo’s extended family live in Malaysia, home of one of the world’s most exciting cuisines. Starting in the country’s parliamentary capital Kuala Lumpur, Rachel reconnects with relatives she hasn’t seen since childhood as she is introduced to the delicious food and vibrant culture of the region, while a visit to her father’s school unlocks the complexities of Malaysian food. In coastal Penang, where Malay, Indian and Chinese influences combine, Rachel discovers a culture steeped in deep culinary history and learns that in this multicultural country, good food can unite a nation.
Nasi lemak - A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf.
This is an excerpt from the July issue of the Foxtel Magazine. To subscribe, CLICK HERE.
Don't miss 'A Cook Abroad' Tuesdays from 21 July at 8.30pm, only on LifeStyle FOOD