Maeve O’Meara

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It could be said Maeve O’Meara’s got the best gig in TV.

Each day life re­volves around tast­ing, test­ing and cel­e­brat­ing food. She’s an award-win­ning au­thor, food jour­nal­ist and TV pro­ducer, adding her new gig, host­ing SBS’ The Chefs’ Line to her plate.

And be­fore you all groan, “food TV fa­tigue” O’Meara thinks there’s room for view­ers to tuck into this one – cel­e­brat­ing a dif­fer­ent cui­sine each week, as home cooks bat­tle pro­fes­sional chefs.

Be­tween shoot­ing Food Sa­fari, writ­ing and run­ning your food ad­ven­ture com­pany Gourmet Sa­faris you’ve got a lot on your plate, why did you de­cide to do The Chefs’ Line? Well, it’s the food, of course! And I like that it’s very mul­ti­cul­tural at its heart. I don’t like those cook­ing shows that are all about hard-line com­pe­ti­tion rather than the food, so when SBS first asked me to do the show I said, ‘No one’s go­ing to be re­ally mean to each other, are they?’ Be­cause in my world food is about joy and gen­eros­ity.

So what do you think of shows like MasterChef and MKR? I don’t watch them. I’m often cook­ing din­ner when those shows are on or I’m eat­ing in my kitchen with my fam­ily, so I don’t sit down and watch food TV at night. But I think it’s fan­tas­tic that food has come front and cen­tre in Aus­tralia. Peo­ple love it and there’s a whole gen­er­a­tion that now talks about “plat­ing up”.

If you went on the show as a con­tes­tant what cui­sine would you cook? Oh, I don’t know – I cook some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery night. I call my­self a refugee from the meat and three veg world. I’ve You’ve been work­ing in food for two decades, what’s The Chefs’ Line taught you? I have learnt new re­spect for the role a good head chef plays be­cause they have to wear so many hats and men­tor their staff. I can tell in a heart­beat af­ter en­ter­ing a kitchen whether it’s a happy, har­mo­nious place.

Are you Aus­tralia’s an­swer to Nigella Law­son? Oh heav­ens no! I just feel re­ally for­tu­nate that no two days of my life are the same and ev­ery day is spent with peo­ple who are creative, warm and gen­er­ous who feed me de­li­cious things. I’m in a very happy world and I never take it for granted.

SEE THE CHEFS’ LINE PRE­MIERES SBS, MON­DAY, WEEK­DAYS 6PM

“I think it’s fan­tas­tic that food has come front and cen­tre in Aus­tralia. Peo­ple love it”

MAEVE ON THE FOOD SCENE

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