Wild side to cook­ing

SBS chef Peter Ku­ru­vita cooks up an Is­land Feast, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

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N his new se­ries, Is­land Feast, chef Peter Ku­ru­vita pre­pares a dish for a sul­tan, cooks on the edge of a live vol­cano and ex­pe­ri­ences two earth­quakes.

‘‘It is a part travel, part cook­ing show. It’s close to ‘Chef Ver­sus Wild’,’’ Ku­ru­vita says, laugh­ing.

The open­ing episode cen­tres on the north­ern Philip­pine is­land of Lu­zon where Ku­ru­vita catches wild fish and vis­its mar­kets in search of fresh veg­eta­bles and recipe ideas.

It’s just one of sev­eral strik­ing South East Asian and Pa­cific is­land lo­ca­tions Ku­ru­vita vis­its dur­ing the 10-part SBS se­ries, which pre­mieres tonight.

But Is­land Feast is not just a foodie show for seafood lovers.

It’s also a travel doc­u­men­tary, which makes it com­pelling viewing for those who not only like to learn about cui­sine from this part of the world, but have a pas­sion to visit the re­gion as well.

Is­land Feast also headed to lo­ca­tions in In­done­sia, Van­u­atu and the Cook Is­lands.

Af­ter the first serve of his cook­ing pro­gram My Sri Lanka, Ku­ru­vita’s en­ter­tain­ing style earned him a 2012 Lo­gie nom­i­na­tion for Most Pop­u­lar New Male Tal­ent.

For Is­land Feast, Ku­ru­vita says he steered clear of the reg­u­lar tourist traps and travel show desti­na­tions to bring a more cul­tur­ally di­verse cook­ing show to the small screen. When he vis­ited In­done­sia, he headed to a re­mote dis­trict where few Aus­tralians are likely to visit.

‘‘Where we went for 17 days in In­done­sia, we saw just three tourists,’’ he says.

‘‘We will take them (the view­ers) to places they pos­si­bly know but places they wouldn’t go to.

‘‘You are go­ing to see some stun­ning parts of coun­tries you know about but have never seen.’’

Although he sources food from each des­ti­na­tion he vis­its, Ku­ru­vita says he was mind­ful not to alien­ate the viewer who wants to at­tempt his recipes at home.

Dur­ing the course of the se­ries, Ku­ru­vita will un­veil 30 dif­fer­ent dishes. Each recipe will be avail­able on­line with al­ter­na­tives for in­gre­di­ents hard or im­pos­si­ble to find in Australia.

‘‘I cooked things which I wanted to cook and which I knew peo­ple wanted to eat and could re­pro­duce at home,’’ says Ku­ru­vita, who also owns and runs Syd­ney’s Fly­ing Fish res­tau­rant.

Thurs­days, 8pm, SBS One.

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