Adam Liaw is a nice guy. He rose to prominence in 2010 during the second season of Chef, where he won the highest honor, and then hung out across our screens to host a number of insightful and engaging cooking and travel shows – including Destination flavor and Hidden Japan with Adam Liaw. He may have started in the food industry with a reality TV show, but he went on to build a hugely respected career, publishing five cookbooks, writing about food stuff for newspapers and becoming one of the most popular tweeters. more retweeted from Australia along the way. .
Now, SBS is giving her perhaps her biggest career opportunity yet – as the host of her ambitious new night cooking show, The kitchen. The show is the largest order in network history, with 200 epic episodes ordered for production.
“The show started off with a conversation with Adam and I,” said Josh Martin, SBS’s editor-in-chief for food, as Liaw gives a cooking demonstration to a group of reporters at the show’s launch. “We thought we would do 10 shows, so it was 20 and 69. And like me at a breakfast buffet, we went all out.”
Each episode revolves around a certain theme – from cuisines and cooking styles to ingredients and seasons. The half-hour episodes will include regular segments such as “Food for Thought,” featuring Liaw’s best cooking tips and tricks; anti-myth segment “Food for Truth”; and “Food Fight”, where diners put their culinary knowledge to the test.
Each week, Liaw is joined by two guests – a mix of celebrity chefs, home cooks, actors, comedians and journalists. He starts by preparing a meal for his guests, who then follow their own easy recipes, along with tips for viewers to recreate the dishes at home. “Everyone cooks a dish and we talk about big things, simple things… It’s not about being an expert, it’s about cooking the dishes that people love,” Liaw says as he cooks up something he learned on the show from sisters Sharon and Carol Salloum. of Sydney’s Almond Bar restaurant.
Other top chefs who join him in the kitchen include Giovanni Pilu, of Pilu at Freshwater and Pilu Baretto; Fred’s chef and cookbook author Danielle Alvarez; acclaimed chef Mitch Orr, former Cicciabella and Acme; restaurateur-turned-farmer Palisa Anderson; Mark Best, founder of Marque and star of Netflix; and Chef Judge Jock Zonfrillo.
He will also be joined by media figures, such as SBS star Silvia Colloca, Cake Queen Katherine Sabbath, podcast host Marc Fennell, comedian Joel Creasey, Jimmy Barnes, Myf Warhurst, Yumi Stynes and the writer Benjamin Law – to name a few. .
The kitchen premieres on SBS Food tonight, April 19, and runs weekday evenings at 7 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. The episodes will also be available to stream on SBS On Demand.