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

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... -

“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).”

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