Rid­ing the wave to foodie suc­cess

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - ByHol­lyByrnes

YOU know Hay­den Quinn means business when the surf­ing chef can be lured away from “pump­ing” waves at a New­cas­tle beach and go will­ingly down the lo­cal coal mines. Never one to miss the chance to throw him­self into any boil­ing beach ac­tion, TV’s gold­en­haired boy is proud to say he put his host­ing du­ties for his Life­Style Food se­ries TheDin­ner Project ahead of the lure of the heav­ing surf tempt­ing him to help men­tor NSW mine res­cuer Chris and his teenage sons about cook­ing.

Like each episode, the 27-year-old left be­hind his own salt-and-sand life­style on Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches to walk a mile in the shoes of a cross-sec­tion of Aus­tralians who could do with a few cook­ing lessons, ad­vise on bud­get meals or in­spi­ra­tion to eat health­ier.

When he shad­owed a few Deakin univer­sity stu­dents [as he does this week] ex­ist­ing on a diet of ra­men noo­dles and take-away, he did man­age to sneak away for a surf­ing ses­sion.

But in New­cas­tle, he turned down blue skies for a day un­der­ground in the mine.

Still, shar­ing his other pas­sion for food and cook­ing with another “straight-up Aussie bloke” was its own re­ward, Quinn en­thuses, with the fam­ily man thank­ing his TV teacher for the life lessons.

“He’s come away go­ing, ‘Mate, off cam­era I’m loving this, I’m re­ally learn­ing a lot’, and that’s ex­actly what we wanted to hear,” Quinn says.

Quinn’s knock­about per­son­al­ity and easy charm rightly made him an in­stant hit dur­ing sea­son three of MasterChef.

De­spite be­ing elim­i­nated be­fore the fi­nale, his like­abil­ity and on-cam­era con­fi­dence made him a nat­u­ral to front his own spin-off projects.

And this one fits both his TV per­sona and a niche in the TV cook­ing se­ries menu that takes view­ers back-to-ba­sics.

“Not ev­ery­one has that ‘foodie’ knowl­edge,” Quinn says.

“Peo­ple watch this stuff and some­times they’re in awe and think, ‘There’s no chance I could make what they just did.’ We’ve pulled it back, made the food ac­ces­si­ble and achiev­able, which I’ve al­ways been pretty into.” THE DIN­NER PROJECT SUN­DAY, 6PM, LIFE­STYLE FOOD

Surf’s up: Hay­den Quinn.

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