Food Television

Mondays at 9.00pm from March 23

New Series

For some of us, the recipe for a great dish is a secret we will never share. Likewise for a chef, the recipe for a successful restaurant is under lock and key, but Chef Anne Burrell changes all in Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef. In this new series, she once again takes you behind the scenes and lifts the lid on all those practical and handy restaurant techniques that can spice up familiar everyday meals. After serving as a sous chef to Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, Burrell is well equipped with the culinary credentials to dish us all the secrets that can make our everyday menus rival that of a great restaurant’s. With tips on simple yet significant kitchen techniques for seasoning and grilling, Burrell encourages us to cook like the professionals and taste every step of the way. If you are curious to see what the biggest mistakes home cooks make are then tune in to Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef and let Burrell dish the answers.

Weekdays at 5.00pm from March 23

New Series

Rachael Ray returns to Food TV with all new series jammed pack with more fabulous 30 Minute Meals. Impressive, delectable and all prepared in less time then it takes to order takeout, Rachael has your meal times sorted. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining, there are plenty of delicious, easy recipes guaranteed to impress. Ensure your picnic packs a punch with snacks like honey nut chicken sticks, and your mid week menus sizzle with grilled chicken cutlet parmigiana. So if you want to spend less time in the kitchen but don’t want to compromise the quality of the food, then tune in to 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray. She has all the tricks to keep the preparation time down, and the food fabulous.

Sundays at 7.00pm from March 22

New Series

Armed with a new exciting menu and cross country itinerary, food enthusiast Paul Mercurio is back, and ready for more adventure in this new series of Mercurio’s Menu. Travel across Australian and discover some of the finest regional cuisine the country has to offer. From hearty meat dishes and daring seafood surprises to some delectable sweet treats, the menu has it all. From the host who took you to tropical North Queensland for Crocodile mango curry, there’s sure to be plenty in store on this trip! Quench your thirst for culinary and historical knowledge, and share another of Paul’s great passions; beer, which he is inclined to use as a food accompaniment over wine. Unconventional and inquisitive, like the host, this show is fun and full of enthusiasm. If you enjoy travel, history, culture and of course fine food, then take a look at the stunning range of treats on offer from Mecurio’s Menu.

Tuesdays at 9.30pm from March 17

Premiere

Whether a sommelier or novice, this informative new series will broaden your knowledge and ignite your passion for an age old favourite beverage. Three different stories illustrate the different sides to an industry where reputation is everything, giving an insight into the fiercely competitive world of commercial wine making. First stop is Chateau Margaux in France where Corinne Mentzelopoulos is trying to cultivate a global brand. Acquired by her father in 1977, the Chateau’s heritage is rich with centuries of predecessors, making it one of the top Bordeaux Chateaus. Meanwhile in South Africa, three extraordinary individuals are trying to use wine to define the vision of their country, with inspirational results. Then it’s off to London to visit the Berry Bros, vintner to the Queen. A successful company with an established history, Berry Bros is modern in organisation and has completely transformed the world of fine wine. This new three part series presents a captivating look at a complex beverage and the competitive industry which produces it.

Weekdays at 7.30pm from March 16

Premiere

From passion to profession, this prestigious and ambitious cookery contest offers nine hopeful couples the chance to realise their culinary dreams and open their very own restaurant. Backed by one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, the stakes are high, but success will be no easy feat. The couples must each take over an empty restaurant, make it their own and open the doors to the paying public. If that wasn’t challenging enough, each week they face the chef’s ‘inspectors’ to see if they are making the grade. Those that aren’t are eliminated until just one couple and one restaurant is left. The winning couple then have the opportunity to set up a brand new restaurant, financially backed and personally supported by the chef. As expected, there is plenty of drama both in and out of the kitchen in The Restaurant, so tune in and find out which talented couple will reign supreme!

Sundays at 4.00pm from March 15

Premiere

A friendly and familiar face of Food TV returns with her brand new series Rachel Allen Bake. Fresh from inspiring us with her favourite foods for living and for friends, Rachel is back in the kitchen tempting us with decadent goodies and plenty of handy tips to ensure the best results. She’s going beyond the cookbooks, and visiting the best chefs, and bakeries around. From the Primrose Bakery to the Little Venice Cake Company, Rachel’s tour of all things baked certainly delivers the goods. From traditional carrot cake to a more adventurous lime yoghurt cake with rose water and pistachios, Bake will have you mastering those timeless classics, and tackling some new found works of culinary artistry. The focus is still on delivering favourite foods, and with this delicious menu of goods, Bake will certainly become a favourite of yours!

Saturdays at 7.00pm from March 14

New Series

Master of cheese Will Studd continues to explore the fascinating story behind some of Europe’s best loved cheese in this new series of Cheese Slices. Tune in for an entertaining glimpse of how traditional benchmark cheeses are made and explore the passion and skill of those who make them. Learn how to recognise genuine parmesan, the difference between camembert and brie and how traditional cloth bound farm cheddar is made. Take a closer look at passion and skill required to create one of the world’s oldest manmade foods, and look at the importance of preserving the wonderful diversity of regional cheeses. Beyond the supermarket world, dominated by industrial brands, cheese has a culture rich with history and tradition. Join Will as he lifts the lid on this ancient craft, and guides you through a revival in the traditional art of cheese-making.

Thursdays at 10.00pm from March 12

Premiere

This unique culinary road series explores Québécois cuisine and features the colourful and larger-than-life master chef Martin Picard, chef-owner of top Montreal restaurant “Au Pied de Cochon.” He and his sous-chef Hugue Dufour take viewers on a journey across Quebec to discover typical dishes from a whole new perspective. They discover the life of the coureurs-des-bois (Fur traders) in the early days of Quebec, even adopting the traditional diet of Muskrat to complete the experience. Then it’s onto exploring the world of foie gras, resulting in the creation of the exotic foie gras cake, a recipe not destined for commercial success, but true to the adventurous spirit of the show. Informative and unconventional, the journeys are wild and the recipes even more wild! If you like the thought of fishing for monster lobster, hunting for moose and trapping for muskrat, then join the Wild Chef on this exceptional adventure.

Thursdays at 9.00pm from March 12

Premiere

Serve yourself a generous helping of spice and culture in this new series of Mexico, One Plate At A Time. Savour the taste, the stories, and the fun of this vibrant city as chef Rick Bayless introduces you to techniques, recipes and cultural musings that make this cuisine world famous. A teacher, restaurateur, author and culinary advisor, Rick is also considered one of the worlds leading authorities on Mexican cuisine. Each episode, Rick showcases his passion for the food and the culture, hosting a start to finish Mexican inspired party bursting with colour and flavour that you can recreate at home. Rick will show you how to cater for every occasion. From extra-special suppers for six, to casual backyard cocktails with friends, to boisterous bashes for 25, there’s a menu for everyone! So If Mexican chocolate chilli ice cream or roasted chilli-potato soup ignites your imagination, then tune in for a piping hot serving of Mexico, One Plate At A Time.

Sundays at 6.00pm from March 8

New Series

Take another look inside the famous Essex pig farm in this new series aptly titled Crisis On Jimmy’s Farm. For once, the money is coming in and the farm is making hay whilst the sun shines. Jimmy has his hands full with over heating pigs and fly stricken sheep, naughty sheepdog puppies and the latest moneymaking scheme, a guinea pig village. But underneath this farming tranquillity the long-term future of the business is in doubt. Jimmy faces tough decisions about sticking with the existing farm, or buying a new property. As always, things are not that simple, with a mystery killer disease threatening the future of the farm. An experiment to release 20 free-range turkeys goes awry, and an ensuing cash flow catastrophe shelves Jimmy’s designs for new tea rooms and Ferret World. However, amidst the crisis, Jimmy remains optimistic. Refusing to give in, he is convinced he can pull the business back to profitability. Will he save the business, or has the sun finally set on his pig breeding days? Tune in for all the action and find out if our ambitious farmer can save his dream from extinction one last time.