RIDING A WAVE OF SUCCESS
A DECADE ago, Surfing the Menu launched the careers of Curtis Stone and Ben O’Donoghue, who went on to become renowned celebrity chefs here and in the US.
Stone – who has since fronted a dozen US shows – said this year that Surfing the Menu was the best experience of his career.
And for former MasterChef contestant Hayden Quinn, fronting the new incarnation of the show with Dan Churchill (below, left, with Quinn) was also an extraordinary ride.
“It’s one of those dream jobs you only get once in a lifetime, to surf and travel and meet new people and create amazing food,” he says.
The pair racked up some incredible experiences along the way, from flying in seaplanes to swimming with manta rays. But it wasn’t all easy, as they proved they’re two of the unluckiest fishermen in the country.
Luckily, the cooking was straightforward – and designed to be easily replicated at home.
“My number one rule when it comes to creating recipes is it’s got to be achievable by my mates, their girlfriends, my grandma, or whoever,” Quinn says. “I don’t mind watching programming where … they’ve got that wow factor, but you want to at least be able to give it a shot.”
SURFING THE MENU: THE NEXT GENERATION
SUNDAY, 6PM, ABC