The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

IT’S only fair that, hav­ing been sub­jected to weeks of chef Manu Feildel shim­my­ing around the dance­floor in tight Ly­cra on Dancing with the Stars, the Aus­tralian pub­lic will be treated to a cook­ing show pre­sented by a dancer. A new sea­son of Mer­cu­rio’s Menu de­buts on Life­Style Food next Satur­day, and will see host Paul Mer­cu­rio of 1992’s Strictly Ball­room vis­it­ing farm­ers across the coun­try and cre­at­ing dishes on lo­ca­tion. De­tec­tive hopes the cos­tumes won’t be quite so alarm­ing as those on DWTS. More: life­ offs on MasterChef Aus­tralia has struck a chord with read­ers. And it’s not the only thing you’re con­cerned about. ‘‘An­other wor­ry­ing fea­ture of the show is run­ning: run­ning to the pantry, run­ning from the pantry car­ry­ing bas­kets of good­ies, run­ning in the kitchen area while car­ry­ing hot pots and the like,’’ points out Joe Am­phlett of Syd­ney. ‘‘This prac­tice . . . would not be tol­er­ated in any restau­rant.’’ De­tec­tive hopes there’s none of this run­ning around busi­ness or free-form hair dur­ing MasterChef Live, billed as ‘‘The ultimate foodie event’’ and of­fer­ing three days of mas­ter­classes, cook­ing schools, ju­nior work­shops, Q&As and some­thing called a Mys­tery Box Chal­lenge Theatre with Gary Me­hi­gan, Ge­orge Calom­baris and other celebrity chefs at Syd­ney’s Hordern Pavil­ion from Oc­to­ber 7 to 9. De­tec­tive hates to imag­ine the po­ten­tial for disas­ter in cook­ing class ses­sions such as Knife Skills with Cook­ing for Blokes and The Art of Flambe with Cheeky Food Group if they don’t put the skids on pronto. More: mas­; tick­


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