Kitchen Cabi­net

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 8pm, ABC1 Emmo gets the Annabel Crabb treat­ment. Yes, Craig Emer­son — fed­eral min­is­ter for trade, un­til re­cently — faces the food and fri­vol­ity with good hu­mour and cus­tom­ary can­dour. Po­lit­i­cal his­to­ri­ans prob­a­bly knew that Emmo and for­mer PM Ju­lia Gil­lard were once an item. When you think about it, much about his loy­alty to the for­mer PM then makes good sense. This is per­haps Crabb’s most in­trigu­ing rev­e­la­tion to cam­era as she whips up some ginger snap bas­kets with passionfruit curd and rum cream. Then it’s off to Emmo’s in Lo­gan, Queens­land, for lunch. At first I couldn’t work out why we had to race off to the lo­cal fruit mar­ket, then re­mem­bered we have to watch as a vul­ner­a­ble and ex­posed-look­ing pollie makes a meal in his own kitchen. This isn’t quite the show it thinks it is. Far too many flat mo­ments with just ner­vous ban­ter for re­lief. Much like the real cabi­net, I sup­pose. It’s al­ready out of date thanks to the re­cent change of lead­er­ship of the ALP. But we can’t blame Crabb for that. I did find it in­trigu­ing that the sun went down rapidly be­hind the lunch­ing pair. Who said the long lunch was dead?

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