Get to grips with Korean food, including the finer points of kimchi making, the art of royal court cuisine and a visit to an exotic mushroom farm. Tonight, 6.30pm, Nat Geo Adventure.
The series three premiere of the culinary battle between Ben O’Donoghue, Darren Simpson and Anna Gare, who compete to produce the best dish using the same main ingredient. May the best woman win. Tonight, 7.30pm, LifeStyle Food. the CBD.’’ Cafe Vue at Heide (at Bulleen) is expected to be open by November. www.heide.com.au; www.vuedemonde.com.au.
is of the belief that one can never have too much food. But festival organisers in Adelaide and Noosa may disagree, given an unfortunate clash of diary dates. Tasting Australia, held every two years in Adelaide, has announced its next event will be held between April 29 and May 6 next year, which neatly bookends the dates of the Noosa Food and Wine Festival (April 30, May 1, May 2).
realises there are more celebrity chefs than one can poke a stick at these days, but is there enough talent to go around? She hopes there are no spatulas-atdawn moments pending.
FIND of the week: all-time favourite food film is Juzo Itami’s hilarious 1985 flick the story of a hopelessly inept cook who is encouraged by a visiting trucker to turn her failing Japanese roadside noodle shop into the ultimate fast-food restaurant. Interwoven with side stories involving gangsters, elderly women who can’t keep their hands to themselves and even an erotic session involving an egg yolk, the hapless widow is taught to cook perfect noodles under the guidance of a motley crowd of onlookers.
is unsure what Tampopo and her cohorts would make of the latest developments in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Fua-men ramen noodle shop in Nagoya has decided humans are no longer an essential ingredient in soup making, instead staffing its shop with robots. The mechanical arms are programmed to boil noodles, pour the soup into bowls and sprinkle toppings on each dish, Britain’s reports.
The benefits of using robots as ramen chefs include the accuracy of timing in boiling noodles, precise movements in adding toppings and consistency in the taste and temperature of the soup,’’ Kenji Nagaya, president of robot manufacturer Aisei, told the newspaper. And they presumably don’t take smoke breaks or spit in the food when customers get on their goat. Then there’s the entertainment value. Between bowls of noodles, the paper reports, the mechanical staff members amuse customers by spinning dishes and mock duelling.
loves: A good stoush, such as the one on social networking site Twitter last week between Sydney chef Mark Best and Melbourne’s Ron O’Bryan. The latter tweeted news of a new scallop dish on his menu at Church St Enoteca, prompting an instant response from Best that the creation sounded suspiciously like an amalgam of two of Marque Restaurant’s dishes’’. In several further exchanges, a peeved O’Bryan asked Best:
You accusing me of something?’’ before landing the blow that he was not overly familiar with [Best’s] food’’ anyway and countering that Best’s yellowfin tuna on toast dish could well be an homage to something remarkably similar being turned out at Melbourne restaurant Cutler + Co.
Seemingly from nowhere, Victoria’s Royal Mail Hotel waded in with: Seems like there are too many homages and not enough homework at the mo,’’ before Best went all Gordon Ramsay and invited O’Bryan to stick your balls in a bucket of iced water’’. a woman of delicate disposition, hopes Best was simply offering his rival helpful advice on keeping his melon scoops fresh and that the squabbling chefs have now kissed and made up. www.marquerestaurant.com.au; www.churchstenoteca.com.au.
loathes: Hot on the heels of recent item about food vans being the big new trend in Los Angeles comes news of the not-so-subtly named Baby’s Badass Burgers, a hot-pink van that has just begun transporting scantily clad nymphettes around the streets of LA as they serve up burgers with names such as Hot Chick (buffalo chicken with blue cheese) and, harrumph, the Cougar (aged beef with black truffles). Whatever happened to respect for one’s elders?