RID­ING A WAVE OF SUC­CESS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By An­drew Fen­ton

A DECADE ago, Surf­ing the Menu launched the ca­reers of Cur­tis Stone and Ben O’Donoghue, who went on to be­come renowned celebrity chefs here and in the US.

Stone – who has since fronted a dozen US shows – said this year that Surf­ing the Menu was the best ex­pe­ri­ence of his ca­reer.

And for for­mer MasterChef con­tes­tant Hay­den Quinn, fronting the new in­car­na­tion of the show with Dan Churchill (below, left, with Quinn) was also an ex­tra­or­di­nary ride.

“It’s one of those dream jobs you only get once in a life­time, to surf and travel and meet new peo­ple and cre­ate amaz­ing food,” he says.

The pair racked up some in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ences along the way, from fly­ing in sea­planes to swim­ming with manta rays. But it wasn’t all easy, as they proved they’re two of the un­luck­i­est fish­er­men in the coun­try.

Luck­ily, the cook­ing was straight­for­ward – and de­signed to be eas­ily repli­cated at home.

“My num­ber one rule when it comes to cre­at­ing recipes is it’s got to be achiev­able by my mates, their girl­friends, my grandma, or whoever,” Quinn says. “I don’t mind watch­ing pro­gram­ming where … they’ve got that wow fac­tor, but you want to at least be able to give it a shot.”

SURF­ING THE MENU: THE NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION

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