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Matt Moran’s Paddock To Plate Is Getting A Second Season

matt moranFans of Matt Moran and his show Paddock To Plate will be pleased it has been renewed for a second season.

Here is the blurb from the press release:

Foxtel today announced it had re-signed premier chef and restaurateur, Matt Moran, to host a second season of the The LifeStyle Channel’s new local production, Paddock to Plate.

The first series – nominated in the 12th annual ASTRA Awards for Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program – was met with rave reviews in both the food and media industries and regularly ranked among the top 2 programs in its timeslot for subscription television, as Matt left his chefs whites in the kitchen and embarked on a road trip to meet the best growers, producers and farmers along the East Coast of Australia.

The second season of Paddock to Plate will take Matt to rural parts of South Australia and Western Australia to visit more artisan producers.

General Manager of The LifeStyle Channels and Foxtel’s Head of Production, Duane Hatherly, said: “Matt Moran is such a naturally charismatic individual and his genuine passion for the work of the local framers and producers created some beautiful moments in the first series.

“Stunning Australian backdrops and some very tempting recipes rounded out a programme that we couldn’t have been happier with. So, we at LifeStyle and Foxtel, are thrilled to be able to continue with Matt on his culinary journey across the country in another season.”

Matt Moran said: “The first season of Paddock to Plate was such an inspiring journey of discovery for me, but I feel like we only just scratched the surface on showcasing some of the amazing produce and producers that this country has to offer.

“It’s really exciting to be venturing further afield to some lesser known regions of South Australia and WA – the changing seasons and climates are sure to offer up some fantastic and unique produce and I’m looking forward to meeting their passionate producers. I can’t wait to get out, on the road, and cooking again.”

Paddock to Plate is produced by ITV Studios Australia, exclusively for Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel. Production on the second season will commence in the coming months.


February 3, 2014   1 Comment

River Cottage Australia – Paul West To Host

Unknown chef, Paul West, has grabbed the coveted role of host of River Cottage Australia. The 29 year old chef has currently lives in Tasmania and has worked in all areas of food production from a volunteer organic fruiterer to the country’s top restaurant, Vue De Monde. He also holds a certificate in Permaculture Design.

For those who don’t know the original series with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is set on his farm and in his restaurant in England. It is very much farm to plate as well as using seasonal produce. For some reason I had thought Fearnley-Whittingstall would be fronting this series, however he was in Australia this week to film the first episode of the show.

Lifestyle Cottage has also bought a “cottage” in the South Coast of NSW in Central Tilba. It is a former dairy farm.

West said: “I am humbled and incredibly honoured to be offered this role. To be honest, it really hadn’t sunk in until I was walking down the steps of River Cottage last week, cameras rolling for the first time, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was walking up the drive, waving at me.

“I know that I could never fill Hugh’s shoes, and luckily I don’t have to – because he’s still wearing them. We share the same vision and passion for food and its production on a local, regional and national level. I hope that through River Cottage Australia I can educate and empower people to make strong decisions in relation to the food they buy and the meals they prepare.”

Paul West had decided if he obtained the role he would propose to his girlfriend so not only has he got a new show but also a wedding to plan. (Source:

River Cottage Australia is produced exclusively for The LifeStyle Channel by ITV Studios Australia and will be seen on our screens later this year. Even without Hugh this will be an interesting program to watch for both fans of the UK version or newbies to the franchise.




March 25, 2013   6 Comments

Matt Moran Has A New TV Gig On Lifestyle Channel

Matt Moran who left Masterchef Australia after season four is making a new show for the Lifestyle Channel called From Paddock To Plate.  It is mildly surprising that he is going from a free to air audience to a niche pay TV one, however the lure of his first solo TV project was clearly the drawcard.

The details of the show are:

From Paddock to Plate, will take Matt back to his roots in country Australia, where his lifelong obsession of using nothing but the very best produce began.

Matt will explore diverse regions of the country in search of their finest produce, and the people who create it. From Paddock to Plate will have food at its heart and get under the skin of the people, and the places, where Matt finds it.

Matt said: “I grew up on a farm, and the land is where my real passion for food was born. I’m obsessed with using nothing but the best quality ingredients I can find, both at home and in my restaurants; it really is the secret to great cooking – always start with great produce.

“We live in such a beautiful country that produces some of the best quality food in the world. I’m looking forward to exploring it, to discover and cook with some new and exciting ingredients. And meet the people and producers who share my passion.”

From Paddock to Plate is developed and produced exclusively for the LifeStyle Channel, by ITV Studios Australia.

The show sounds like a cross between a Rick Stein show and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, however it should be worth a look.

January 21, 2013   2 Comments

Lorraine Pascale – Baking Made Easy Now On TEN

Masterchef Australia fans were introduced to Lorraine Pascale on the show this year. She is a spunky English chef and if you like baking she is someone you may want to check her out.

Her show, Baking Made Easy, is screening on TEN on Friday’s at 10.30am.

I have a confession I was sent a cookbook of hers by publisher’s Harper Collins and was going to make it a give away for readers on this blog. However after a quick flick through I decided to keep it. In fact I got so enthusiastic I even went out and brought yeast to make the brioche. For the record I have yet to make the brioche.

However the recipes do look easy and delicious.

Baking Made Easy on TEN on Friday’s at 10.30am

December 25, 2012   8 Comments

The Christmas Food Specials Are Starting And Lifestyle Food Has Some Good Ones

Christmas is the time of year that can be great for some people and not so good for others. Having children it is compulsory to partake in the festivities unless you are willing to pay for years of therapy in their teens.

One aspect of Christmas I don’t mind is the Christmas cooking specials and they have well and truly started on television.

Lifestyle Food has some great shows coming up.

Perennial favourite Jamie Oliver is back starting tonight in the first of two Christmas specials. The viewer also gets  to see his daughters Poppy and Daisy. Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas airs Wednesdays, December 5 and 12 at 8.30pm.

The DC Cupcakes Christmas special will definitely be recorded for the kids in our house, with Sophie and Katherine having to build a six-foot tall nutcracker. DC Cupcakes will be screened on Friday, December 7 at 8.30pm.

As will the special Christmas episode of Cupcake Wars which is on Friday, December 14 at 8.30pm. Can neither confirm or deny whether I have seen every episode of this show.

Other shows that may interest you are Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas. In two half-hour episodes, Lyndey will take her favourite classic and more contemporary recipes and reveal the secrets and shortcuts to whipping up some last minute Christmas dinner. This airs Mondays, December 10 and 17 at 8.30pm.

Sophie Grigson, food writer and cook , four episodes of My Christmas Kitchen. On day one she serves up an alternative Christmas day menu, on day two she cooks a festive Moroccan inspired menu, on day three she serves up simple but delicious Christmas party dishes, and on day four she cooks her favourite Boxing Day dishes to make the most of festive left-overs. You can see this one on Thursday, December 11, to Friday December 15, at 6.30pm

The Hairy Bikers  appear to be the male culinary equivalent of The Two Fat Ladies.  There’ll be booze and plenty of indulgent food at the Hairy Bikers Christmas Party. Si and Dave visit specialists – including a canapé champion and an expert in delectable desserts – to discover the secret of making your festive ‘do’ go with a bang. They also take on the daunting task of designing and building the centrepiece for their party, a vodka ice luge,(not sure if you should try this one at home). This premieres Thursday, December 13 at 8.30pm.

Also Ina Garten will be in Barefoot Christmas in London, where she explores the London food scene on a festive trip with husband Jeffrey. Then, inspired by her delicious discoveries she parties with a British twist back home in East Hampton. This premieres Wednesday, December 19 at 8.30pm.

Finally Michelin star chef, Raymond Blanc makes a Christmas feast, with a French twist in Raymond Blanc’s Christmas Feast. This airs Thursday, December 20 at 8.20pm.

All of these shows are on Lifestyle Food.

Do you have any favourite TV chefs that you like to watch at Christmas? Do you like or loathe Christmas?

December 5, 2012   10 Comments