THE LAST WORD... ‘ ng’ I think I’m the only one with the right to sledge Stoney about his surfi
WITH BEN O’DONOGHUE, CHEF AND AUSSIEBARBECUEHEROES JUDGE
“AUSSIEBarbecueHeroes is my first regular foray into commercial TV – I did a show called DriveThru Australia for Channel Ten – but this is my first regular prime-time gig.
It’s interesting – I’ve always been the cook on a show.
This time I’ve ventured into the area of judging – but it’s certainly nice to sit back and have people cook for me.
Barbecues are something we relate to and as a nation, Aussies kind of fancy themselves on the barbecue.
It’s so much part of our culture and probably 300 days of the year is perfect barbecue weather – especially up here in Queensland – so the barbecue can get lit most weekends
Does the average Aussie want their barbecue tricked up? I think it’s progressed.
You see that with food in general. People’s appreciation of food and their knowledge has grown so much in the past eight years – and that’s partly due to the success of food reality shows like MasterChef and MyKitchenRules.
People are a lot more aware and exposed to different flavours, so their tastes have evolved and expanded.
I loved doing [his first cooking show] SurfingtheMenu with Curtis [his mate and fellow chef Curtis Stone].
It’s been revived [with former MasterChefAustralia contestants] Hayden Quinn and Dan Churchill. They’ve done some good-natured sledging about being the cool new young generation of the show – and they had a couple of cracks about Curtis’ surfing talent.
I’m keen to see how these young guys go – they obviously think it’s all about the surfing.
I really can’t start defending his surfing skills, but I think I’m the only one with the right to sledge Stoney about his surfing.
But he has more heart than a Mallee bull – we surfed some insane places and he’d paddle out and he just knew he couldn’t do it, but he never gave up.
Maybe these young blokes can talk to us when they’ve cooked for POTUS [O’Donohue has cooked for President Obama] and Oprah [Stone has cooked for the talk show queen]. When they’ve got a few stripes on the jersey, then we can talk (laughs).”