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Stefano’s Cooking Paradiso sees the much awaited return to television for celebrated chef and restaurateur, Stefano de Pieri (A Gondola on the Murray). In this series, Stefano takes us on a culinary adventure around the Sunraysia/Mallee region, which produces a vast majority of Australia’s meat, fruit and vegetable. Stefano uses local produce for his special Italian/Australian dishes, combining traditional Venetian techniques with genuine outback gusto. Stefano will hunt, gather and cook his way through spellbinding locations – a houseboat on the great Murray River, an intoxicating taste test in sprawling vineyards, a citrus feast in picture-perfect orange groves, and even a sunset BBQ on a spectacular salt lake.
Throughout the series we will be introduced to Stefano’s friends, from celebrity chefs such as Stephanie Alexander and Mark Olive, to the Italian mamma next door, and the region’s most entertaining personalities who each share a common love of rustic cuisine. Stefano also explores the evolution of Italian/Australian cooking through the years, with specific focus on the Australian influence on the cuisine. Stefano’s homemade produce such as salami, prosciutto, tomato sauce and wine, has been organic and chemical free for generations, and he brings this same passion to the food showcased on Paradiso.
Wines featured in this series are available from cellarmasters.com.au... Read more.