The Great Australian Cookbook

New show offers a rare glimpse of Australia's best chefs

Australia's most celebrated culinary names are coming together for a stunning new TV series.

An extraordinary line-up of Australia's greatest cooks will appear together on the small screen for Foxtel's new series, The Great Australian Cookbook.

A whopping 22 of our most renowned chefs, including Matt Moran, Maggie Beer, Darren Robertson, Peter Gilmore and Clayton Donovan, will offer viewers an intimate look at their lives as they cook for family and friends in their homes and workplaces. The 11-episode series is set to premiere on Foxtel in early November.

Fillmed at some of the most picturesque locations across Australia, the astonishing talent will showcase some of their favourite recipes, food philosophies and secrets to their success. 

As the series travels from Alice Springs to Bruny Island, Western Australia and Far North Queensland, we will also meet a colourful group of unsung Aussie heroes, including the Country Womens’ Association baking champion, a bush tucker expert, pastry cooks and farmers.

The first episode will feature Maggie Beer and Matt Stone, and will premiere on Foxtel's Lifestyle on November 7 at 8:45pm AEDT. Following its broadcast on Lifestyle, each episode will also be available to view via Foxtel On Demand, or on Foxtel Now.

The full list of participating chefs includes:

  • Matt Stone, Head Chef at Oakridge, Yarra Valley
  • Maggie Beer, Great Australian Bake Off judge, Barossa Valley pheasant farmer and entrepreneur
  • Gilbert Lau, the father of Chinese cuisine in Australia and owner of Melbourne's Flower Drum restaurant
  • Darren Robertson, Three Blue Ducks and Rocker co-owner
  • Ronni Kahn, Founder of OzHarvest
  • Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia
  • Victor and Evelyn Liong, owners of Lee Ho Fook in Melbourne
  • Nick Holloway, Chef and owner of Nu Nu in Palm Cove, Queensland
  • Sharon and Carol Salloum, these Syrian sisters are the owners of Sydney's popular Almond Bar
  • Peter Russell-Clarke, Australia's first TV chef
  • Matt Wilkinson, Owner of Pope Joan, Melbourne
  • Simmone Logue, Owner of Simmone Logue Fine Food
  • Matt Moran, Chef and Restauranteur (Aria, Chiswick), and Great Australian Bake Off judge
  • Raylene Brown, Founder of NT institution Kungkas Can Cook, a catering company celebrating female indigenous cooks and native Australian foods
  • Merle Parrish, Country Womens’ Association baking legend and cookbook author
  • Peter Gilmore, Chef behind the iconic Quay and Bennelong restaurants in Sydney
  • Ross O'Meara, Chef and owner of Bruny Island Food produce
  • Anna Polyviou, Head Pastry Chef at Shangri-La Sydney
  • Frank Camorra, Owner of MoVida
  • Clayton Donovan, Australia's first Indigenous Hatted chef
  • Alla Wolf-Tasker, Owner of Lake House restaurant in Daylesford, Victoria
  • Rodney Dunn, Co-owner of farming and cooking shchool, The Agrarian Kitchen

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