Wild side to cooking
SBS chef Peter Kuruvita cooks up an Island Feast, writes Darren Cartwright
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.
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