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Adam Liaw In Destination Flavour Down Under

Adam Liaw is a Masterchef Australia winner whose career continues to go from strength to strength. His Destination Flavour series is now going down under.

Here are the details:

Following on from his cook’s tour through Japan, Adam Liaw returns to the screen to give Australia and New Zealand the Destination Flavourtreatment. In this gastronomic road trip of a lifetime, Adam travels along the untouched beauty of Australia’s Western Coast, through the baking desert of the Red Centre and onto the tree changer’s paradise of northern New South Wales, taking in secret destinations that most city-dwellers wouldn’t even know exist. But his journey doesn’t end there. Adam then hops over the ditch and gets back in the driver’s seat for a culinary cruise through New Zealand. In New Zealand, like Australia, he discovers some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and delicious food treats.

Throughout his journey Adam meets and celebrates a whole new cast of farmers, foragers, artisan food producers, chefs and winemakers, all with appetising stories to tell. They are real people with real stories and their passion, innovation and dedication is what inspires Adam to use their ingredients to create some delicious new dishes.

Adam’s journey begins at the northernmost tip of Western Australia in small Aboriginal communities, where conservation and community come first. Down south, in the state’s wheat-belt, he unexpectedly finds ancient foods from across the globe including Egyptian sheep, Italian and Croatian fruit and South American grain. Over in neighbouring South Australia on the Eyre Peninsula, where he spent his childhood holidays, he explores the region’s huge variety of seafood. Then he travels up to the Northern Territory for camel mince, crocodile steaks, barramundi and bush fare.

In Queensland, Adam follows his tastebuds from one tropical treat to another, and eats a simple, but splendid crab sandwich. In northern New South Wales he finds an abundance of sea and tree changers escaping from city life, and following their foodie dreams with produce such as lemon myrtle, chooks and mulloway. On a motorbike tour of the Victorian High Country his major aim is to unearth the ingredients needed for the perfect picnic.

Adam then begins a culinary tour through New Zealand. It’s here that he gets a taste of famous export crops and Māori tradition in the form of a ‘Hāngi’ and cooking at an iconic New Zealand ‘bach’ on the North Island. It’s a quick ferry ride across the Cook Straight to the South Island, where he samples greenshell mussels and crayfish, known as rock lobsters, enchanted by outstanding scenery along the way. Adam meets a local hunter who has collected boar, deer and a hare for him. With the snow dusted Remarkables mountain range as a backdrop, he creates the final dish of the show, a hearty New Zealand hunter’s pie, washed down with a glass of red in front of the fire.

From the dusty heat of the Australian outback, to the lushness of leafy northern New South Wales, from the rugged regional centres in Australia, to the picturesque countryside in New Zealand, Adam shares his passion for all things food and travel in Destination Flavour Down Under premiering on 31 July from 8pm on SBS ONE.


July 8, 2014   6 Comments

Masterchef Australia – Adam Liaw Gets His Own TV Show

Season two winner of Masterchef Adam Liaw has now got at TV show which will be shown on SBS later this year.

Adam is currently filming the travel/food show called Destination Flavour.

The show will be co-hosted by Renee Lim and Lily Serna.

The Telegraph reports Adam has had previous TV show offers.

They write:

Destination Flavour comes after almost two years of negotiations between Liaw and various networks.

The MasterChef winner admitted he considered several offers before reaching an agreement with SBS.

“There were a lot of shows that were considered but mostly they were just not right for me,” Liaw told Confidential yesterday.

“It mostly had to do with subject matter that really interested me.

“I’ve always thought SBS do amazing stuff with their food programming, shows like Luke Nguyen’s (Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam, Peter Kuruvita (Chef In Action) and Food Safari.

“I really like their approach to food and that the focus is on food and not just knocking stuff together.”

Liaw’s move into broadcasting puts the Sydneysider among the show’s most commercially successful contestants post-MasterChef, joining fellow TV recruits Julie Goodwin, Poh Ling Yeow, Marion Grasby andJustine Schofield.

Meanwhile, Liaw is also busy preparing to open his first restaurant – a Japanese-inspired eatery – in Sydney and is set to release his second book following the huge success of his first tome Two Asian Kitchens.

SBS do these shows well so will definitely be tuning in.

March 14, 2012   3 Comments

Adam Liaw’s Cookbook Is Out

In perfect timing for the start of the new series of Masterchef Australia, last year’s winner of the show, Adam Liaw’s cookbook has been launched.

As he pitched it in the show it is called Two Asian Kitchens, the book is easy Asian recipes to be cooked at home. It is published by Random House with a recommended retail price of $49.95, however it has been spotted in Big W for $29.95.

Season one winner Julie Goodwin had one of the highest selling cookbooks of 2010, and Random House will be hoping for a similar result with this one.

This year on Masterchef they should have a challenge where the contestant’s have to pick a recipe out of either Julie Goodwin’s or Adam’s book and cook it. Now that would be interesting to see which recipes would win. Also would be a wonderful piece of cross promotion.

The Australian food critic John Lethlean reviewed the book and gave it the thumbs up. Ironically John distances himself from the Masterchef Australia juggernaut, but he did appear to be quite happy to appear on the reality TV show Conviction Kitchen. Seriously don’t these restaurant critics realise that to improve their wage negotiations these days they have to show they HAVE been on a reality TV show. I think the only one holding the line is Terry Durack. But then we are yet to see the latest Masterchef season…..

Also Adam will be at Shearer’s Bookstore on Thursday 5 April at 7.15pm. Shearers is in 99 Norton St, Leichhardt and here is an interview with him on Booktopia.

Has anyone bought the book yet? What is it like?

Also here he talks about the book.

April 3, 2011   9 Comments

Adam Liaw Working In A Real Kitchen


Still no news on when Adam Liaw winner of Season 2 of Masterchef Australia will be opening a restaurant. However he is currently learning the ropes in a real kitchen at the Flower Drum in Melbourne.

The Daily Telegraph writes he is spending a week there, and then he will spend some time in Tetsuya’s kitchen.

Hopefully this will give him his restaurant legs and we will see a rocking eating establishment open with him behind the pans in 2011.

November 27, 2010   Comments Off on Adam Liaw Working In A Real Kitchen

Masterchef – Adam Liaw Turns Down TV Show


Masterchef Australia winner Adam Liaw has apparently turned down offers for his own TV show according to TV WEEK magazine.

The articles states Adam is not in the fame game and that is why he rejected offers for his own TV show.

Busy working on his first cookbook, Two Asian Kitchens, Adam reveals his feet still haven’t hit the ground.

“I don’t have a base – I’m spending next month in a hotel in Sydney,” the 32 year old says. “It’s been crazy!”

In other Masterchef alumni news Claire Winton Burn looks like she is trying to get an endorsement from PETA with this article in the SMH about eating baby animals.

UPDATE: Adam Liaw will be cooking at a sustainability fair this weekend in Brisbane with Sharnee more details here.

October 14, 2010   8 Comments