Whiz kids set to stir up the kitchen

Townsville Bulletin - - taste.com.au -

WE last saw dy­namic French chef Lau­rent Van­cam in Townsville mid last year on his Queens­land School Lunches Tour, teach­ing fam­i­lies and school tuck­shop or­gan­is­ers how to cook tasty, healthy and cheap lunches for school stu­dents.

Now we can see him ev­ery week day af­ter­noon on our TV screens, as one of the fun and en­gag­ing team of chefs on new kids’ cook­ing show, Kitchen Whiz.

Known to his many fans as Chef Lau­rent, the Sun­shine Coast-based fa­ther of two was thrilled to be part of the new se­ries, which is build­ing on the con­tin­u­ing wave of in­ter­est by Aus­tralian fam­i­lies in cook­ing.

The new Chan­nel Nine show, hosted by Beau Walker ( The Shak), pre­miered sev­eral weeks ago and has al­ready won over young fans with its fast-paced, fun, game show for­mat.

The new se­ries fo­cuses on the world of food, cook­ing, and food science, where, over four fren­zied rounds, two teams of con­tes­tants aged be­tween eight and 12 an­swer foodie ques­tions and com­pete in funny, messy, tac­tile tasks, earn­ing points and tak­ing home great prizes.

Work­ing silently and with stealth, the comedic ‘‘ Kitchen Ninja’’ ( played by Andy Minh Trieu, star of Res­cue Spe­cial Ops, Rake, To­mor­row When The War Be­gan) un­der­takes any dan­ger­ous tasks on be­half of the young con­tes­tants, such as chop­ping, deal­ing with naked flames and the hot stove as well as be­ing the fi­nal word with the judg­ing.

The fi­nal mix in the Kitchen Whiz recipe are ap­pear­ances by celebrity chefs, in­clud­ing Tom Kime, Sab­rina Par­rini, Alvin Quah, An­thony Ge­or­giou and Chef Lau­rent, who cook up dishes that the con­tes­tants need to repli­cate in each episode.

Lau­rent has al­ready filmed more than a dozen ap­pear­ances for the se­ries of his three-minute cook­ing seg­ments, teach­ing the young con­tes­tants the art of cre­at­ing dishes such as a train birth­day cake, Thai beef crispy tartlets and rice pa­per rolls, and can next be seen to­mor­row af­ter­noon, Fri­day and next Wed­nes­day, in­tro­duc­ing dishes such as mini-toast canapes, sushi, chocolate prof­iteroles and na­chos.

4pm week days on

Chan­nel Nine. FUN: Kitchen Ninja ( Andy Minh Trieu) and

host Beau Walker

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