Matt Moran’s Paddock To Plate – Start 6 November
Matt Moran’s new show Paddock To Plate starts the 6 November on the Lifestyle Channel. He is a popular chef but is the viewer ready for another farm to dish cooking show.
We’ve had Gourmet Farmer with Matt Evans, and more recently River Cottage Australia so clearly there is a lot of interest in fresh produce and sustainability. The format of the show looks like the one where Rick Stein travelling around England meeting different food producers.
Matt Moran last seen on Masterchef Australia has a good television presence and he can cook so the food should be tasty.
Here is the gist of the show:
Premier chef and restaurateur, Matt Moran, gets down and dirty to discover and cook with some of Australia’s home-grown treasures when his brand new series, Paddock to Plate, premieres Wednesday, November 6 at 8.30pm only on The LifeStyle Channel on Foxtel.
After 20-odd years in the food industry, Matt is leaving the kitchen and chefs whites behind to embark on a road trip to meet the best growers, producers and farmers that the East Coast of Australia has to offer. And once he has his hands on their wares, he’ll cook up plenty of delicious dishes in beautiful and unique locations.
Filming Paddock to Plate was an exciting journey of discovery for Matt, as he experienced for the first time; milking a fresh water salmon and spit roasting a rare black pig. He faced his fear of (and his allergy to) bees to get some local honey straight from the hive and faced his fear of sharks to dive for abalone. He makes his first visit to an Ostrich farm, and cooks and tastes these birds for the first time too. It was also a personal highlight to learn first-hand from the ladies at Holy Goat Cheese how to make their prize winning La Luna and to tick off truffle hunting from his ‘bucket list’.
The series takes Matt back to his roots in the country, when he visits the town where he was born in Tamworth and joins his father, Jim, and son, Harry, at the picturesque Moran Family Farm as three-generations of Moran men cook some of the family’s famous lamb.
Paddock to Plate has food at its heart but gets under the skin of the people that produce it, like; Annie Smithers, who is living and breathing a paddock-to-plate lifestyle – growing her own produce in a one acre plot and feeding the locals in her own restaurant; fifth-generation potato farmers Lola and Mal Orr – who at 70-years of age – are still working the land growing and harvesting nine different varieties of potatoes. And snail farmer, Robyn Shrader, who rebuilt her home and a snail farm after the Black Saturday bushfires – and the farm, is thriving thanks to the snails surprisingly prolific sex lives!