Masterchef2009 In tonight’s heat, six contestants, chosen from thousands of amateurs, are cooking at London restaurant Prism. Can they stand the heat? Monday, 7pm, LifeStyle Food.
BizarreFoods New York food writer and chef Andrew Zimmern heads for Goa, where he tries chouricos, spicy goan sausages to the uninitiated. Monday, 8.30, Discovery Travel & Living.
Detective was thrilled when that childhood favourite, the cupcake, made a
and of for cooking tips, while beer masterclasses, cocktail bars, coffee demos, live music and more will keep the crowds entertained. Tickets from $25; pre-purchase at Ticketek, 132 849 or www.tastefestivals.com.au. Or pay $30 at the door. MEANWHILE, the bigger-than-Ben-Hur
begins today with a glittering array of international chefs including
featuring alongside local favourites and such as
and More than 150 metropolitan and 60 regional events will be held during the 17-day festival, including masterclasses, forums on global trends, chefs’ dinners, barbecues, cellar doors, alfresco celebrations and more. Event organisers expect to see more than 300,000 visitors. (03) 9823 6105; www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au. reappearance on the culinary landscape a couple of years back. Now it looks like another retro star, frozen yoghurt, is making a comeback, albeit in a far cooler guise (green tea and pomegranate flavours are de rigueur, reports Wallpaper magazine). From New York to London, new frozen yoghurt lines such as the super trendy which has stores in London’s South Kensington and Soho, are popping up. Detective is keeping her fingers crossed that the likes of pineapple upside-down cake may be making an encore some time soon. www.ifancyasnog.com. DETECTIVE Tasmania-based
has been certified by the marine conservation organisation for its sustainable production of Australian blue mussels, only the second mussel farm in the world to receive the ranking. ‘‘ You rarely find a company so dedicated to environmental protection and sustainability,’’ says FOTS director www.springbayseafoods.com.au; www.friendofthesea.org.
DETECTIVE That even three-Michelinstarred restaurants are not immune to an occasional outbreak of food poisoning. due to take part in the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, has closed his acclaimed restaurant in Berkshire, England, while investigations continue into what caused 40 diners to fall ill, British newspapers report. Detective wouldn’t like to point the finger, but perhaps it was the thought of snail porridge, one of Blumenthal’s more famous dishes, that tipped some of his more delicate customers over the edge?