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FoodIn­ves­ti­ga­tors : We all know fish is full of pro­tein, Omega-3 and vi­ta­mins, as well as be­ing low in fat, but what’s the health­i­est seafood of them all? Joe Avati and Food In­ves­ti­ga­tor di­eti­cian Hanah Saleh come up with the de­fin­i­tive an­swer. 7.30pm, Wed­nes­day, SBS.

ComeDinewithMe: Four strangers bat­tle it out for the ti­tle of ul­ti­mate din­ner-party host and the chance to win $2000. 9.30pm, Mon­day, Life­Style Food. think we are a very stupid lot, fall­ing for it yet again.’’

Pho­tog­ra­pher Con­dron, who has long since wiped the dough from his wide-an­gle lens, says: I thought he was rude, but that’s the way he makes his bucks, isn’t it? But I think it might have gone sour [this time].’’

In­deed. Even Ram­say’s coun­try­men and women are rapidly get­ting jack of him. In a piece writ­ten for Bri­tain’s Dai­lyTele­graph , Ju­dith Woods an­nounces that Ram­say is well past his sell-by date. Some­where along the line, we grew weary of the 42-year-old man dis­play­ing the F-word brash­ness of a pos­tur­ing teenager and the bul­ly­ing in­sults dressed up as ban­ter and, if the avail­abil­ity of ta­bles at his cel­e­brated Gor­don Ram­say at Clar­idge’s is any­thing to go by, we’ve got pretty fed up with his cook­ing, too,’’ Woods writes. De­tec­tive ex­pects

A CHEF set to make his de­but on the small screen, who won’t be seek­ing any pre­sent­ing tips from Ram­say, is Syd­ney-based Brit Sean Con­nolly. Con­nolly, who runs two restau­rants, As­tral and Sean’s Kitchen, in the Star City Casino com­plex and was named Syd­ney’s chef of the year last year, has just fin­ished film­ing 10 of 13 episodes for a new SBS se­ries fo­cus­ing on the cul­ture and cui­sine of Aus­tralia’s im­mi­grant fam­i­lies.

Con­nolly saysMy Fam­i­lyFeast will fea­ture Con­golese, Iraqi, Burmese and Viet­namese fam­i­lies in its first few episodes, in which he will help them pre­pare a tra­di­tional meal. It’s dif­fer­ent from [ Joanna Sav­ill and MaeveO’Meara’s] TheFoodLovers’GuidetoAus­tralia se­ries in that we are fo­cus­ing on only one fam­ily and their story each episode,’’ Con­nolly says. I’ve met some amaz­ing peo­ple who’ve brought the best of their coun­tries with them to Aus­tralia . . . the pas­sion, the food . . . but man­aged to fit into the Aus­tralian cul­ture re­ally well. I’m it. It beats cook­ing.’’ As for his on-screen per­sona, Con­nolly says he’s noth­ing like his abu­sive fel­low Brit. I’mnot there to up­set any­one or piss any­one off,’’ he says. MyFam­i­lyFeast pre­mieres on SBS One at 7.30pm on Au­gust 27. www.as­tral.com.au.

FIND of the week: De­tec­tive is all for a bit of recog­ni­tion where it’s due and here’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to en­sure your favourite lo­cal eat­ing spots get their 15 min­utes of fame. On­line vot­ing has opened for Life­Style Food’s sec­ond I Love Food Awards, aimed at find­ing Aus­tralia’s favourite places to eat. Cast your vote be­fore July 20 and be in with the chance to win $10,000. www.lifestyle­food.com.au.

DE­TEC­TIVE loves: A busi­ness with a sense of hu­mour, such as Auck­land’s Mur­der Burger which, in a staff re­cruit­ment ad, specif­i­cally re­quested that stu­dent nurses and teach­ers ap­ply be­cause: I’ve gone out with two nurses and two teach­ers and they were all awe­some.’’ Pol­i­tics stu­dents were dis­cour­aged —

noth­ing per­sonal, we just don’t un­der­stand you’’ — as were metham­phetamine ad­dicts: It’s just that the ben­e­fit of you be­ing able to work seven shifts in a row is pretty much out­weighed by the prob­a­bil­ity that you will one day flip, grab a knife and be­come Mr Stabby.’’ The ad at­tracted 665 ap­pli­cants to sell the com­pany’s burg­ers, in­clud­ing one flavoured with peanut sauce,

se­lected by an In­dian friend who is liv­ing here il­le­gally but is a ge­nius cook and an above av­er­age spin bowler’’. Noth­ing like a bit of po­lit­i­cal in­cor­rect­ness to give one a warm and fuzzy feel­ing. De­tec­tive could spend hours on its web­site, too. www.mur­der­burger.co.nz.

DE­TEC­TIVE loathes: That she sim­ply didn’t have any room left to try the won­der­fully named stewed cor­pu­lent fish with fam­ily sauce’’ dur­ing her re­cent visit to one of the many thor­oughly ex­cel­lent Chi­nese restau­rants in Syd­ney’s Ash­field.

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