Be­hind The Scenes

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Food critic, writer and son of Camilla, Duchess of Corn­wall, Tom Parker Bowles is back in Aus­tralia for yet an­other culi­nary ad­ven­ture – as one of the judges on Nine’s Fam­ily Food Fight. The show sees six di­verse Aussie clans com­pete for the ti­tle of great­est food fam­ily. While the 42-year-old adores food and of course fam­ily – he has two chil­dren, Lola, 10, and Freddy, seven, with wife Sara – he ad­mits he and his mum wouldn’t fare so well if they were on the show!

What was it about Fam­ily Food Fight that brought you back?

The idea of re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia to talk about food, eat and be based in Mel­bourne… it didn’t take me long to say, yes please! I love ev­ery­thing about Aus­tralia… I gen­uinely feel very happy here.

How would your fam­ily fare?

If it was my sis­ter, fa­ther, mum and I there would def­i­nitely be ar­gu­ments! My mum would say, “I’m the mother: I’m cook­ing, I’m the boss!” and I would prob­a­bly tell them that food is my job, so I should be in charge. There would def­i­nitely be fire­works, so it would be best not to get us all in the kitchen to­gether!

What’s your mum’s best dish?

She does a re­ally good roast chicken and roast lamb, and I do love her scram­bled eggs. Be­fore she mar­ried my step­dad, Prince Charles, she would cook for us ev­ery day.


pre­mieres Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, 7.30pm, Nine.

Tom says he couldn’t bow to mum Camilla in the kitchen! Food critic Tom has the tough job of pick­ing Oz’s top fam­ily of cooks.

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