LifeStyle FOOD

Did The Great Australian Bake-Off leave you hungry for more?

Don’t worry, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are back to indulge us with a brand new season of The Great British Bake-Off on LifeStyle FOOD, Tuesday, Jan 19 at 8.30pm AEDT.

One again Mary and Paul will search for Britain’s best amateur baker in their iconic tent in the countryside.

Thirty fiendish new challenges await our 12 new bakers.

From choux pastry masterpieces to frangipane tarts, Swiss rolls and the devilish “no sugar, gluten or diary” challenge, our bakers will have their work cut out for them.

It’s a real treat for cake lovers with the first episode devoted to cake week.

What will our contestants do with the classic madeira cake?

Will they please Mary, the queen of baking, with their version of her frosted walnut cake?

There’ll be tears and tragedy, lovely buns and “soggy bottoms”, Showstopper triumphs and binned Technicals, dishes you’ll recall from your childhood and new recipes you’ll want to try out for yourself at home.

Grab an apron and join the fun on LifeStyle FOOD from January 19 at 8.30pm AEDT.

###RIVER COTTAGE AUSTRALIA - Season 4

Tuesday 29 March at 8.30pm AEST on LifeStyle FOOD

Now in its fourth season, the River Cottage Australia farm is a hive of activity that’s bursting with new life and possibility, so it’s time to look to the future and spread the River Cottage word when the new season premieres Tuesday, March 29 at 8.30pm on LifeStyle FOOD, only on Foxtel.

This year Paul West has welcomed many eager cooks and wannabe-farmers to the property to share his knowledge and teach them how to live the River Cottage lifestyle through cooking and growing their own produce.

But it’s not just visitors to the farm that Paul’s welcomed, he also became a first-time Dad to son, Otto, so to help run the farm and the Cooking School he’s taken on an apprentice, a local guy named, Harrison.

This season Paul’s looking at ways to future proof the farm and the theme of food security will be intertwined across the season. With that in mind, he’s taking the River Cottage Australia message on the road to discover new regions, meet and learn from farmers and producers who share his passion in improving food security by boosting long-term agricultural productivity.

Paul will use the knowledge he’s gained as a chef, and with the help of mates, create a mobile Food Van. He’ll tow the van across the Snowy Mountains and into Canberra and down to the Riverina Region of NSW. Along the way, he’ll visit farms, producers, markets and cook for his new friends with the produce his caught and gathered along the way, all the time learning new skills to bring back to his own farm in Central Tilba.

This season Paul also tackles the issue of food waste and how to make the most of our food with the great people at Oz Harvest. Foxtel and The LifeStyle Channel will also be pledging their support to reduce food waste by donating a meal to someone in need for every full view of episode 1 of River Cottage Australia season 4 on-line in the week before broadcast, March 21 - 28. Head to www.lifestyle.com.au and www.foxtel.com.au to watch and help rescue food.

###MICHELA’S TUSCAN KITCHEN

WORLD PREMIERE

Wednesday 6 April at 8.30pm

Bringing the flavours of Italy to your kitchen!

Welsh-Italian home cook Michela Chiappa will take us around the foodie hotspots of Southern Italy next month with the world premiere of her brand new series Michela’s Tuscan Kitchen, on Wednesday, April 6 at 8.30pm on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD channel.

Michela’s Tuscan Kitchen takes viewers to Southern Italy’s vibrant markets, buzzing street food stalls, traditional producers and family-run trattorias. In each episode Michela explores and samples local ingredients, recipes and ways of eating, taking inspiration back to the heart of the Chiappa family home – the kitchen.

Passionate about the importance of fresh wholesome home cooking, Michela believes anyone can create delicious homemade food whilst having a family and a busy working life. Michela and her sisters first appeared on LifeStyle FOOD in the four-part cooking series Simply Italian and released a cookbook of the same title. Michela also hosted the three-part special Michela’s Classic Italian and contributes to “The Chiappa Sisters” blog and YouTube channel which showcases simple and accessible recipes for all the family.

Michela’s Tuscan Kitchen shows how easy it is to bring a real taste of Italy into your home and features traditional family recipes with Michela’s own twist like Ma’s meatball skewers and the Chiappa Fish Stew, as well as dishes inspired by ingredients sourced during her travels including baked eggs with fresh truffles all the way from the hills in Tuscany, and saffron tagliatelle with prawns and clams using fresh saffron from the San Gimignano region.

The 10-part series is a co-production between Foxtel and BBC, premiering first in the world on Wednesday, April 6 at 8.30pm on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD channel.

###Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance

AUSTRALIAN FOOD ICON DONNA HAY RETURNS TO FOXTEL WITH A BRILLIANT NEW SERIES

Premiere Tuesday 24 May at 8.30pm AEST

Australia’s leading food editor and best-selling cookbook author, Donna Hay, returns to Foxtel with a fresh new series Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance, premiering exclusively on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD on Tuesday, May 24 at 8.30pm AEST.

Donna Hay is one of the world’s leading food creatives and her inspirational new 8 x 30 minute series shows viewers how to master a repertoire of simple recipes – and transform them in to something brilliant.

“I truly believe, just like anything you want to be good at, that mastering the basics is how you build confidence in the kitchen. In this series I share all my tried and true foundations – think the perfect tender steak, golden roasted chicken, crispy pork belly and my Nan’s sponge cake. Each is followed by clever variations and simple flavour change-ups, so one recipe becomes many,” said Donna.

This must-see series also takes a look at Donna’s life outside the kitchen, sharing an insider’s view into her world of photo shoots for her books and magazines, her favourite pastimes like paddle-boarding on Sydney Harbour, and life as a busy mum of two boys – it’s a unique insight into Donna’s ethos about food and everything in between.

In episode one, Donna shows you how to master the perfect pork belly, which can then be used to create pork pancakes with pickled vegetables and hoisin sauce, as well as a pork belly rice bowl with bok choy and chilli. She’ll share her recipe for a light and crispy tempura batter you can use for prawns and vegetables, and finishes up with her ultimate chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe, which forms the base for her decadent marshmallow and chocolate s’mores and sensational cookies and cream popsicles.

Donna Hay is a much-loved household name and the brand continues to soar, encompassing everything from her self-titled magazine to her best-selling cookbooks, extensive homewares range and online retail store.

Since launching the magazine in 2001, Donna has released 24 cookbooks, which have sold over six million copies worldwide and been translated into nine languages, setting the benchmark for food publishing worldwide and inspiring a whole new generation of cooks.

She has also been named as one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cookbook authors at the international Gourmand Awards.

The Donna Hay magazine app for iPad and Android is the number-one selling digital magazine in Australia.

In 2011, Donna’s first television series, Fast, Fresh, Simple premiered on LifeStyle FOOD, garnering Donna a 2012 Astra Award for Best New Female Personality and going on to air in more than 17 countries worldwide. In December 2013, the one-hour special, A Donna Hay Christmas was created exclusively for Foxtel, bringing to life Donna’s no-fuss, chic approach to Christmas entertaining.

Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance is produced by Lune Media and is exclusive to Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD channel.

###Great Australian Bake Off - Season 2

Production commences on season two of THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF

Get out your rolling pins and muffin pans! Production has just commenced on the highly anticipated second season of LifeStyle FOOD’s breakout hit from last year, THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF.

Produced by FremantleMedia Australia exclusively for Foxtel, the 10-part series started filming in Sydney last week with 12 new bakers donning their aprons and taking their spot in the iconic Bake Off shed.

Over the coming weeks, these home baking enthusiasts will take on up to 30 mouth-watering challenges that will test their baking prowess, creativity and skill in a bid to find the country’s best baker.

Culinary icon Maggie Beer and acclaimed chef Matt Moran will once again be judging the amazing creations and determining the all-important results. Comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle are also back to host the second series and lend their moral support to the bakers.

The second series of THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF will premiere on LifeStyle FOOD later this year.

Do they not include the series of Australian Bake Off that was on GEM a few years ago? Technically it should be S3

###Maggie in Japan

A one-hour special for 2017

Foxtel announced today the commissioning of a new local production, Maggie in Japan, a one-hour special featuring culinary icon and The Great Australian Bake Off judge, Maggie Beer.

To be screened on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD in 2017, Maggie in Japan will follow the much loved cook as she travels to Japan to explore and experience the essence of Japanese cuisine and some of the unique cooking techniques found across the country.

Maggie has a fascination for the culture and ingredients of Japan and so, with the help of both traditional chefs and the new wave, she’ll immerse herself in the local food and lives of her culinary guides.

During the programme, we’ll also get to know more about Maggie herself and why Japan has some rather unique food memories for her. For Maggie, this will be an unforgettable search for the heart of Japanese food and a passionate exploration of flavour.

General Manager of The LifeStyle Channels, Hannah Barnes, said: “Maggie has gained a whole new raft of fans following the huge success of The Great Australian Bake Off and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with her with this unique new one hour special.

“Maggie in Japan is a perfect addition to the LifeStyle FOOD programming line-up, and will give our loyal audience an insight into Maggie’s passion for food.”

Maggie Beer said: “I have had some of the greatest food experiences of my life in Japan. I am fascinated by every part of their food culture where there is such pride in every person in the cycle of food at every level. It’s a truly passionate endeavour for me to discover even more and be able to share this excitement with everyone.”

Maggie in Japan joins a growing line-up of quality local productions on LifeStyle FOOD, including The Great Australian Bake Off and Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance.

Maggie will travel to Japan to film the special later this year. Produced by Lingo Pictures exclusively for Foxtel, Maggie in Japan will air on LifeStyle FOOD in 2017.

###THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED

Series 2 premieres Tuesday 11 October at 8.30pm AEST

The diverse group of homebakers who will be kneeding and mixing their way through the highly anticipated second season of THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF have been announced ahead of the series launching on Tuesday, October 11 at 8.30pm on LifeStyle FOOD.

Judged by culinary icon Maggie Beer and acclaimed chef Matt Moran, and hosted by comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle, season two will see 12 new bakers put through a series of mouth-watering challenges to find Australia’s Best Amateur Baker.

The bakers are: Jeremy Allan (30, Welding and Vessel Inspector from Adelaide, SA); Janette Betts (62, Palliative Care Nurse from Melbourne, VIC); Noel Button (59, Retired Teacher from Launceston, Tasmania); Monica Cavallaro (43, Retail Manager from Sydney, NSW); Diana Gyllen (29, Model from Sydney, NSW); Antonio Marcora (16, School Student from Sydney, NSW); Olivia McMahon (37, Fine Dining Waitress from Brisbane, QLD); Liesel Morgan (20, University Student from Perth, WA); Fiona Nguyen (32, Patent and Trademark Lawyer from Brisbane, QLD); Bojan Petrovic (37, Tow Truck Business Owner from Canberra, ACT); Cheryl Roberts (59, Horse Trainer from Berry, NSW); and James Rudd (26, IT Technical Support from Perth, WA).

Over the ten episodes, these bakers will create a series of decadent treats that will leave viewers in food heaven, including retro deserts like Bombe Alaska, extravagant world landmarks made from biscuit, and burgers where the bun is everything.

Each week begins with the Signature Bake, where each competitor has a personal take on a familiar recipe. Next comes the Technical Bake, a surprise recipe from either Matt or Maggie. And the last challenge is the Showstopper, where the bakers attempt to wow the judges with their skills and artistry.

The baker that wins the judges tastebuds after all 30 challenges will be crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker.

The Bake Off franchise began in 2010 with The Great British Bake Off, where it remains, after six seasons, a ratings phenomenon. The format has been produced locally in the US, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine and France, as well as previously in Australia for the Nine Network in 2013.

The series premiered on LifeStyle FOOD in October 2015 and achieved record numbers. The launch was the highest rating program for FOOD ever, with subsequent episodes continuing to break viewing records. Season two returns to LifeStyle FOOD from Tuesday October 11 at 8.30pm.

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel based on a format created by Love Productions, distributed by BBC Worldwide and broadcast by the BBC in the United Kingdom.

Full baker bios can be found at www.lifestyle.com.au/bakeoff

Final three revealed on THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF

Grand Finale airs Tuesday 13 December at 8.30pm AEDT

The final three bakers who have made it through to the grand finale of THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF were revealed during tonight’s penultimate episode of the mouth-watering Lifestyle FOOD series.

Antonio Marcora, 17 from Sydney; Monica Cavallaro, 44 from Sydney; and Olivia McMahon, 37 from Brisbane are the three bakers who will battle it out for baking supremacy during next week’s final episode, airing Tuesday December 13 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle FOOD.

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF started nine weeks ago with 12 passionate home bakers stepping into the iconic Bake Off Shed, hoping they had the right ingredients to go all the way. Each week, judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran farewelled one baker until just three were left – Antonio, Monica and Olivia.

Despite being just 16 years old during filming, Antonio’s flair for flavour has seen him win Star Baker twice; while Monica’s inventive and daring showstoppers, and Olivia’s imaginative designs, have seen them both crowned Star Baker three times each.

During the final episode, these three bakers take it to the next level with a Signature of the classic French Opera Cake, an incredibly tricky Technical challenge of 12 identical Candied Orange and Ricotta Sfogliatelles, and finally a Showstopper that must be a tiered masterpiece.

The finale features a special guest appearance by delicious. Editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum – as well as earning the title of Australia’s Best Amateur Baker, the winner will appear on the cover of delicious. magazine’s March 2017 issue.

Olivia McMahon wins THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF 2016

Olivia McMahon has risen to the occasion to be crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker after winning over judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran in tonight’s final episode of THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF.

The 37-year-old waitress from Brisbane proved too strong for her competition, pulling out all stops in the final Showstopper challenge when she baked an extravagant, three-tiered pina colada cake flavoured with lime, pineapple and raspberry.

She beat Monica Cavallaro, 44 from Sydney, who created an ode to Italy with a masterpiece featuring three different layers, each representing a different region of Italy; and Antonio Marcora, 17 also from Sydney, who whipped up a brownie extravaganza featuring three different flavours of ganache.

After her win, Olivia said: “I can’t believe I’ve won, especially when I was up against such stiff competition from Antonio and Monica. My goal when I started was just to make it past week one, so to win is an absolute dream come true.

“The whole experience has been amazing and I have learnt so much, not only from Matt and Maggie, but from all the bakers too, and I’m looking forward to putting these new skills to use. Since filming ended I have set up my own cake making business, Olivia’s Sweet Nothings, so I plan on building that up, and am also hoping to travel to Paris to study all things chocolate,” she said.

As well as earning the title of Australia’s Best Amateur Baker, Olivia’s Custard Kisses recipe will be featured in delicious. magazine’s March 2017 issue.

Applications for Season 3 now open

Foxtel is now looking for a new batch of bakers to take part in the third series. If you’re a Star Baker in the making, head to www.lifestyle.com.au/apply for details. On your marks… get set… APPLY!

###JOHN TORODE’S KOREAN FOOD TOUR

From Wednesday 26 April at 8.30pm

Acclaimed Aussie chef John Torode embarks on his latest food adventure in JOHN TORODE’S KOREAN FOOD TOUR, a 10-part cookery series premiering on Wednesday, April 26 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle FOOD.

Tapping in to the growing popularity of Korean food, JOHN TORODE’S KOREAN FOOD TOUR follows the UK based MasterChef judge as he jets off on one of his culinary travels to tackle a whole new territory and range of dishes.

Throughout the series John works his way through some of the nation’s top 100 dishes and then creates his own version of a Korean classic with a modern twist.

For the uninitiated, South Korea is a beautiful assault on the senses and one that John relishes in the series. From Buddhist temples to the extraordinary craze for Mokbang (celebrities filming and broadcasting themselves eating), there’s a huge amount to see, do and eat.

Immersing himself in both traditional and modern Korea, John travels around South Korea, going into people’s homes and kitchens, enjoying the wealth and high tech splendour of Seoul to the tiny rural outposts deep in the mountains and the beach resort of Busan in the South.

From traditional Tofu makers, to the extraordinary quantities of Kimchi made every autumn for Korean store cupboards, to the Korean version of glamping with delicious barbecue food, as well as the Buddhist monks who make barugongyang for their guests, the series is a gastronomic feast, not just for John but for viewers as well.

John Torode is a hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary circuit, best known as the straight-talking co-host and judge of twelve seasons of BBC1’s MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef. Australian by birth, John is credited as one of the main players in introducing Australasian food to the UK in the mid-1990s.

John is also well known to Australian audiences, with John Torode Australia and John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure having previously aired on Lifestyle FOOD. His latest adventure, JOHN TORODE’S KOREAN FOOD TOUR, premieres Wednesday, April 26 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle FOOD.

The Great British Bake Off

Season 8 of The Great British Bake Off will air exclusively on Foxtel’s Lifestyle FOOD this summer – the home of Bake Off

Set to air on Lifestyle FOOD this summer, the launch episode of the latest season of The Great British Bake Off was a ratings success in the UK this week, attracting an average audience of 6.5 million viewers on Tuesday night.

The debut episode of the rebooted series was the first to air on its new home on Channel 4, since the award-winning show moved from the BBC after seven successful seasons – and its new presenting line-up won over both viewers and critics on launch night.

The new series features returning judge and fan favourite Paul Hollywood, alongside a brand new judge, esteemed restaurateur and food writer Prue Leith.

Joining the judges are two new presenters, the beloved and utterly hilarious comedians Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, as well as the all-important twelve amateur bakers.

Said Hannah Barnes, General Manager of Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channels, “The Great British Bake Off has been a true audience favourite for Lifestyle viewers over the past seven seasons and these latest ratings figures prove it remains one of Britain’s national treasures.

“The anticipation amongst our viewers to watch this new season has never been greater. Summer is the perfect time to bring the nicest show on television to Australia on Lifestyle.”

The Great British Bake Off is the ultimate baking battle where passionate amateur baking fans compete to be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker.

Over the course of 10 episodes, the series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every corner of Britain, as they attempt to prove their baking prowess.

Each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.

The Great British Bake off is produced by Love Productions for Channel 4 and season 8 will air exclusively in Australia this summer on Foxtel’s Lifestyle FOOD.

Lifestyle FOOD will also premiere the third season of the smash-hit local version of the series, The Great Australian Bake Off, this summer.

The Great Australian Cookbook

Starts Tuesday 7 November at 8.45pm AEDT

Brand new 11-part series features an all-star culinary lineup including Maggie Beer, Frank Camorra, Peter Russell-Clarke, Clayton Donovan, Peter Gilmore, Simmone Logue, Matt Moran, Anna Polyviou,
Darren Robertson, Matt Stone and Paul West

On Tuesday, November 7 at 8.45pm, Lifestyle FOOD will be taking viewers on a mouth-watering adventure around Australia to meet the country’s most celebrated culinary names in a stunning new series, The Great Australian Cookbook.

Featuring an extraordinary lineup of 22 of Australia’s greatest cooks, from top restaurateurs to local unsung heroes, the 11-part series is a beautifully affectionate snapshot of the food Australians love to cook, eat and enjoy with family and friends.

A stellar lineup of Australia’s best-known chefs, including Maggie Beer, Matt Moran and Darren Robertson feature in the series, inviting viewers in to their homes and work places as they cook their favourite dishes for loved ones – whether it’s a treasured family recipe or a simple crowd pleaser – and revealing philosophies on food and life along the way.

The Great Australian Cookbook will also feature a colourful group of local Aussie heroes, including the Country Womens’ Association baking champion, the bush tucker expert, pastry cooks and farmers all cooking beloved recipes for those closest to them, as the series travels from Alice Springs to Bruny Island, Western Australia and Far North Queensland.

Said Hannah Barnes, General Manager of Foxtel’s Lifestyle channels, “The special thing about this new series, The Great Australian Cookbook is that it features a lineup of Australia’s most talented chefs and cooks, making the food for the people they love. Never before have I seen a show that has so much heart and celebrates all the cultures and regions of Australia.”

“The series joins an incredibly strong slate of exclusive food productions set to premiere on Lifestyle Food over summer, including audience favourites The Great British Bake Off and our very own The Great Australian Bake Off.”

Episode one introduces Australian culinary icon Maggie Beer at her stunning Pheasant Farm in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Maggie shares one of her all-time favourite recipes, Chocolate Pear Almond Tart, which she prepares for her staff for afternoon tea, while sharing the history of Pheasant Farm and her current passion, her work with the Maggie Beer Foundation.

Episode one also showcases one of Australia’s brightest young chefs, Matt Stone, head chef of Oakridge in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. Matt explains his holistic, sustainable approach to food as he returns to his parents’ home in Pinjarra, WA to cook lunch for his extended family.

Using local produce and fresh home-cooked ingredients, he prepares a Charcoal-Roasted Vegetable Salad Feast alongside perfect Char-Grilled Prawns – while discussing how cooking gave his life direction.

The full 11-episode lineup is as follows.

Episode 1 – Tuesday, November 7
Matt Stone (WA): The Head chef of Oakridge in the Yarra Valley shares his tips for the perfect char-grilling method, preparing a Char-grilled Vegetable Salad Feast alongside Char-grilled Prawns for his parents and extended family at their home in Pinjarra, WA.
Maggie Beer (SA): The culinary icon prepares one of her all-time favourite recipes, a Chocolate Pear Almond Tart, using Maggie’s world famous verjuice, for her key staff at her Pheasant Farm property in the Barossa Valley.

Episode 2 – Tuesday, November 14
Gilbert Lau (VIC): Father of Chinese cuisine in Australia and owner of Melbourne’s iconic Flower Drum, Gilbert reveals his favourite family lunch recipe of Roast Chicken and Fried Rice, cooked for his family at home with the help of his young grandson, Teddy.
Darren Robertson (NSW): The co-owner of Three Blue Ducks in Sydney and Byron Bay, Darren reveals the secret to perfect eggs as he makes Poached eggs, Avocado, Sourdough and Fermented White Cabbage & Fennel salad, prepared at home alongside wife Magdalena and new son Archie.

Episode 3 – Tuesday, November 21
Ronni Kahn (NSW): The Sydney founder of Oz Harvest cooks up a meal for her team that’s very close to her heart, her mum’s Veggie Lasagne. Packed full of goodness, it encapsulates Ronni’s philosophy that no person should go hungry and that we all have an obligation to help stop hunger in Australia.
Paul West (NSW): Host of Lifestyle’s River Cottage Australia, Paul cooks Braised Wild Rabbit with Salami and Warrigal Greens at his property on the South Coast, alongside his young family. Paul’s story is packed with tips on how to eat sustainably and take outdoor cooking to the next level.

Episode 4 – Tuesday, November 28
Victor & Evelyn Liong (VIC): Owners of modern Asian restaurant Lee Ho Fook in Melbourne, the siblings return to their parents’ home for a family dinner and share an old time Chinese family favourite, Sweet and Sour Pork, conjuring up memories of special occasions for Victor and Evelyn.
Nick Holloway (QLD): Chef and owner of Nu Nu in Palm Cove, QLD, Nick invites family and friends over to his outdoor kitchen for a huge feast of Wood-Roasted Reef Fish with Pineapple Curry, sharing a wok load of tips on preparing fish and celebrating everything Far North Queensland has to offer.

Episode 5 – Tuesday, December 5
Sharon & Carol Salloum (NSW): Syrian sisters and owners of Sydney’s popular Almond Bar, Sharon and Carol prepare for a Syrian family feast in the backyard at their parents’ house, making three family favourites: Tabouli, Baba Ghanouj and Lahem Meshwi.
Peter Russell-Clarke (VIC): Loveable larrikin and Australia’s first TV chef, Peter cooks for his wife Jan at their home in country Victoria, preparing a Mango and Fig Omelette and Smoked Trout Soup, while sharing stories of his career as an artist and television personality.

Episode 6 – Tuesday, December 12
Matt Wilkinson (VIC): Owner of Melbourne dining institution Pope Joan, Matt cooks Pesto Pasta for his children, definitely not one of his favourites as he’s named the dish “I Hate Pesto”, but a big success with his kids. He follows this with a healthy family favourite, Mango and Coconut ice-blocks.
Simmone Logue (NSW): Former prima ballerina and now owner of the successful Simmone Logue Fine Food Company, Simmone invites viewers to her stunning property, preparing her rustic recipe for a Six-Hour Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Sage Potatoes and Charred Red Capsicums for her two siblings.

Episode 7 – Tuesday, December 19
Matt Moran (NSW): Celebrated owner of multiple restaurants in Australia including Aria and Chiswick, Matt invites the head chefs from his most iconic Sydney restaurants to his home for lunch, taking a BBQ of Prawns and Barramundi with Raw Zucchini Salad to a whole new level.
Rayleen Brown (NT): the founder of NT institution ‘Kungkas Can Cook”, a catering company celebrating female indigenous cooks and native Australian foods, Rayleen shares a special Bush Foods Christmas Cake with her family, cooked on the fire in the desert outside Alice Springs.

Episode 8 – Tuesday, December 26
Merle Parrish (NSW): Country Womens’ Association baking legend and grandmother Merle reveals some of her baking secrets when her entire extended family gather at her home in Cudal, NSW for an afternoon tea of Anzac Biscuits and Pavlova.
Peter Gilmore (NSW): The celebrated chef behind iconic Sydney restaurants Quay and Bennelong, Peter opens up his kitchen to viewers, preparing a heart-warming Sunday night favourite recipe for his wife – Korean Chicken Noodle Soup, while sharing his philosophy behind both restaurants.

Episode 9 – Tuesday, January 2
Ross O’Meara (TAS): Filmed on beautiful Bruny Island at the farm of chef-turned-food producer Ross O’Meara, the family man shares his recipe for Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Mustard and Greens, with every ingredient on the plate locally and sustainably produced.
Anna Polyviou (NSW): Head Pastry Chef at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, Anna cooks an impressive Summer Trifle with Tropical Fruits for her staff at her city apartment, sharing the history that makes her one of Australia’s most unique and interesting chefs – as well as tips on how to take the humble trifle to a whole new level.

Episode 10 – Tuesday, January 9
Frank Camorra (VIC): The undisputed king of Spanish cuisine and owner of renowned Melbourne institution Movida, Frank heads to Geelong to the home he grew up in. Here he creates some traditional Spanish fare (while his mum still questions his cooking methods!): Tortilla de Patatas and Asadillo Salad, while sharing stories of his upbringing and his journey to Movida.
Clayton Donovan (NSW): Powerhouse indigenous chef Clayton Donovan cooks for his family at Nambucca Heads, whipping up Oysters with Finger Lime, Carrot Foam and Avocado Cream on the banks of the Nambucca River - jamming as many incredible native ingredients as possible in to the dish - followed by family favourite Kangaroo San Choy Bow on a pan on the sand at Shelley Beach.

Episode 11 – Tuesday, January 16
Alla Wolf-Tasker (VIC): Creator of award-winning fine dining institution Lake House in Daylesford, Alla prepares her famous Lake House-inspired Rivers and Lakes Share Platter recipe for her family at the stunning property, using locally-sourced ingredients - while revealing her European inspiration for the Lakehouse.
Rodney Dunn (TAS): Rodney, along with wife Severine, own The Agrarian Kitchen, a stunning working farm and cooking school where many of Australia’s top chefs go to relax. Using produce straight from the farm, Rodney bakes Rhubarb & Berry Crumble with Goats Milk and Vanilla Custard for his young family.

For more information: www.lifestylefood.com.au

Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico

From Monday 12 February at 8.30pm AEDT

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One of the world’s best-loved chefs and restaurateurs, Rick Stein, returns to Lifestyle FOOD on February 12 at 8.30pm AEDT as he takes on an exciting new journey in Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico.

In this brand new 7 x 60 minute series, Rick brings his unrivalled enthusiasm and trusted expertise to the fresh, flavoursome food of California and Mexico.

Exploring the food and culture from Northern California, to Baja and Mexico, Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico is inspired by a trip he made in the late 1960s: it was 1968, and having heard The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreaming”, Rick was filled with a desire to embark on his own road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway to the Mexican Border and beyond.

Nearly 50 years later, Rick is back to retrace his steps, travelling from San Francisco down to the southernmost tip of Mexico, as he cooks, eats and experiences the region’s food at its very best and most diverse.

Whether it’s the farmer’s markets of California, full of sourdough bread, new season garlic and a profusion of citrus fruit; the prawns, snapper and tuna of the Pacific or the glorious street food and colourful markets of Mexico with their avocados, chillies, cheese and corn, this is part of the world packed with natural, healthy and satisfying ingredients.

In episode one, Rick enjoys sitting on the dock of the bay in San Francisco, tasting legendary dishes like the hangtown fry oyster pancake, a dish that can trace its origins to the California gold rush, which created the most famous Chinatown in the world. San Francisco is also the place where Rick got his very first taste of Mexican food all those years ago.

Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico is classic Rick Stein: vibrant dishes, expert travel tips and a dash of art and culture thrown in for good measure.

Following its live broadcast on Lifestyle FOOD, Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

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LifeStyle FOOD your Christmas happy place

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and fill the table with festive delights with FOXTEL featuring an assortment of Christmas festive themed food content from our much-loved talent, the world’s best advice, expertise and inspiration all in one place, from our family to yours on LifeStyle FOOD and available On Demand.

A time for bringing families and friends together as they gather around tables, bonding over shared meals, inherited recipes and cherished flavours, LifeStyle FOOD is the place to be this Christmas. More of your favourite faces providing you with all the tips and tricks that you need to make this Christmas extra special for your family - covering off Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Featuring all your favourite cooks, chefs, butchers and bakers; Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay , Gino D’Acampo , Fred Sirieix, Mary Berry , Paul Hollywood , Nigella Lawson , Jimmy Doherty and James Martin all under one roof, here to help you make this the most delicious Christmas on LifeStyle FOOD… your happy place.

The Great British Bake Off: Festive Specials

Australian Premiere- Tuesdays from December 1 at 7.30pm and available On Demand.

Master baker Paul Hollywood, culinary expert Prue Leith and hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig are all back in the white tent for their traditional Christmas get-together. Joining them for the celebrations are bakers Tom and Yan (2017) and Briony and Terry (2018), competing in festive themed challenges for the title of Christmas Star Baker. They’ll round off Christmas with legendary British rock band Status Quo, as they perform their smash hit "Rockin All Over The World”.

Inside The Factory Christmas

Australian Premiere- Friday December 4 at 7.30pm and available On Demand.

Chocolates are an essential part of many people’s festive celebrations. In this Christmas special, host Greg Wallace visits a factory which produces a staggering 2 million tins of festive chocolate assortments a year. Greg follows the supersized batches of the toffee, orange and strawberry varieties on their journey from tanker to tin. While Cherry Healey shares some tricks of perfecting gingerbread and has you covered for Boxing Day leftovers.

Food Unwrapped: X’mas and NY Specials

Australian Premiere- Fridays from December 11 at 7.30pm and available On Demand.

Food Unwrapped is dusting off its baubles to bring you delicious facts about your traditional Christmas foodie favourites. Jimmy Doherty travels to Sri Lanka to find out if there is anything in your yuletide spices which can give you a dose of Christmas cheer. Matt Tebbutt visits Mr Kipling‘s mega mince pie factory and discovers how they get the Christmas spirit into boozy chocolates. Helen Lawal investigates whether we should be scoring our sprouts. Kate Quilton wonders whether the traditional Christmas dinner could be a more decadent dish from the past-the multi bird roast.

Jamie’s Quick and Easy Christmas- Available On Demand

In this hour-long Christmas special, Jamie applies his quick and easy principles to the festive season, focusing on genius combinations of just five ingredients to create the most fabulous Christmas feast. ​This year Jamie is cooking up his ​Quick & Easy Christmas at home in Essex, creating brand new festive recipes for his family and close friends, and joined in the kitchen from time to time by his very own little helpers: Petal, Buddy and River.

Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking (Christmas party)- Available On Demand

Mary Berry loves Christmas more than any other time of the year and this holiday season she will open her kitchen to four eager, if somewhat nervous celebrities; BBC One’s news-guru Huw Edwards; Britain’s fastest-ever female athlete, Dina Asher-Smith; enchanting actress Eleanor Tomlinson of Poldark fame, and comedian and all round good guy Joe Lycett who may be the most experienced cook of the bunch, but possibly not in front of Mary and the cameras.

Nigella’s Christmas Special- Available On Demand

Nigella shows us how to have our most relaxed and spectacular Christmas yet with her foolproof guide to stress-free festive cooking and easy entertaining. Nigella believes that Christmas is both a season to be treasured and a state of mind that has to be achieved by relishing long established routines and welcoming new ones too. It’s so much more than just one ‘fractious’ meal, it is also the opportunity of re-discovering slow cooking, preserving and the unhurried joy that Christmas can be.

Gordon, Gino & Fred’s Great Christmas Roast- Available On Demand

This Christmas, two of our favourite chefs will go head to head to create an epic Christmas Banquet, as Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo battle it out to produce the ultimate festive menu. Creating scrumptious starters, magnificent mains and delectable desserts for 100 members of the public and the emergency services who will decide which of the rival chefs will be crowned ‘Banquet Champion’, by voting for their favourite dish across each of the three courses. While master maitre’d Fred Sirieix will ensure the heroes have a night to remember in the sumptuous surroundings of London’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall.

These and many, many more Christmas food inspired programs Including: James Martin’s Christmas Comforts, River Cottage Christmas, Jamie Cooks Christmas, Jamie’s Festive Feast, Jamie’s Night Before Christmas and Jamie’s Cracking Christmas available all in one place on LifeStyle FOOD and available On Demand on FOXTEL.

Field Trip with Curtis Stone

Sundays at 8pm from February 7

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Field Trip with Curtis Stone , premieres Sundays at 8pm February 7 on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD and is available On Demand on FOXTEL . The six-part series follows Australian born, Los Angeles based Curtis Stone, a Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur, author and culinary entrepreneur and his talented team from Maude, as they travel the world seeking inspiration for the regional tasting menus at the Michelin-starred, 24-seat restaurant in Los Angeles.

Each episode showcases the journey to one specific region, highlighting the artisans, farmers, wine producers and topography of the area, while offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the acclaimed chef conducts research for Maude’s menu and award-winning wine program. Shot by Curtis’ friend and cinematographer Dave Gorn, Curtis and his team travel to Australia, Italy, Spain and California.

The premiere episode follows their trip to the Margaret River in Australia’s southwest corner, known for its surfing, vineyards, farmlands and burgeoning culinary scene. Curtis searches for inspiration in the vineyards, countryside and shore of this region and meets with a rancher raising grass-fed Shorthorn cattle; fishes for marron, a large freshwater crayfish; visits winemaker Vanya Cullen’s biodynamic vineyard; and forages for coastal herbs with local chef Paul “Yoda” Iskov.

In subsequent episodes, Curtis traverses Lombardy & Umbria in Italy, California’s Central Coast, The Kimberley in Australia where he is educated by an Aboriginal elder on ancient fishing methods, and herds cattle with a fifth generation female rancher and travels to Rioja in Spain, with each journey communing with purveyors, ranchers, chefs and local experts to experience and taste the soul of each destination.

Curtis reveals how those experiences inform the direction and dishes within Maude’s quarterly menus. “The process of filming Field Trip was deeply personal for me. Maude was my first solo restaurant — my little dream restaurant — and our new quarterly regional menus have allowed us to tell the story of these incredible places around the world. It’s been humbling to showcase the passion of these farmers and producers through the food and wine we’re serving at Maude. With Field Trip, we’re fortunate to now also be able to share these stories with a larger audience,” says Curtis of the series.

Curtis began cooking at the Savoy Hotel’s five-star restaurant in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia at the age of 18. He moved to Europe when he was 21 to further his education and classical training under renowned chef Marco Pierre White for eight years, a foundation that would inform his subsequent career in Los Angeles. In 2014, Curtis opened his first solo restaurant, Maude (Beverly Hills, CA), to immediate acclaim. Following the success of Maude, Curtis opened Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant (Hollywood, CA) in July 2016 with his brother Luke Stone. The brothers open their second restaurant together, Georgie, modelled after Gwen, with restauranteur Stephan Courseau in Dallas, Texas in fall 2019.

The Great British Bake Off

Premieres from Tuesday March 23 at 8.30pm

With new host Matt Lucas

The Great British Bake Off returns for its 11th season which set records in the UK as the highest rating show in 18 years for the UK broadcaster Channel 4. The much-loved series returns from Tuesday March 23 at 8.30pm on FOXTEL’s LifeStyle Food channel and available On Demand.

The latest hit season sees new host, quick-witted comedian Matt Lucas join esteemed judges, UK’s leading artisan baker Paul Hollywood , restauranteur and food writer Prue Leith , the utterly hilarious comedian Noel Fielding as his co-host and the all-important twelve amateur bakers.

“I have really enjoyed this series and have been really impressed by the diligence, skill and the stamina of the bakers, and their inventions and I have been really inspired by them. I have enjoyed eating their cakes. I don’t have anything to compare it to being in the tent. I will say this, when everyone made their jelly cakes that was the moment, I felt that I was on The Great British Bake Off,” Matt Lucas said.

The Great British Bake Off is the ultimate baking battle where passionate amateur baking fans compete to be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker. This latest season saw production make changes due to COVID, with the twelve bakers entering a bubble for seven weeks in order to make the competition happen. Over the course of 10 episodes, the series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every corner of Britain, as they attempt to prove their baking prowess. Each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.

The Great British Bake Off has enjoyed sweet success over the past ten seasons, but it was the latest season which really outcooked the competition. The series took the UK by storm with a record breaking consolidated 10.8million viewers tuning in for the series launch making it the biggest Channel 4 broadcast since 1985 and the final which drew in 9.2 million viewers and was the highest rated show on Channel 4 in 18 years.

Matt Lucas is an actor, comedian, presenter and writer who is best known for his acclaimed work with David Walliams in the multi award winning television show Little Britain and spoof interview series Rock Profile . Lucas’ film credits include: Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids and Paddington , whilst his television credits include: Shooting Stars, Doctor Who, The Wind in the Willows and A Midsummer Night’s Dream , as well as Little Britain and his spoof show Come Fly with Me which he and David Walliams wrote and starred in.

Lucas joins judge Paul Hollywood who is one of the UK’s leading artisan bakers. Working at some of the most prestigious hotels in the world cemented his reputation as the leading authority on bread and published the best-selling book 100 Great Breads and his other top selling books; How To Bake, Pies and Puds , Paul Hollywood’s British Baking , The Weekend Baker and A Baker’s Life . His own series followed including Pies and Puds; Bread (also accompanied by his book) and two extended series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes and more recently his food travelogue Paul Hollywood Eats Japan .

Judge Prue Leith is one of the UK’s foremost culinary experts, and her distinguished career has seen her as a restaurateur, caterer, food teacher and writer and novelist. Prue is the founder of Leith’s Cookery School and has published twelve cookery books, seven novels and a biography Relish: My Life on a Plate .

Noel Fielding is a comedy writer and performer and along with his comedy partner Julian Barratt had an award-winning series The Mighty Boosh . This was followed by Noel’s solo series, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and the follow up Luxury Comedy: Tales from The Painted Hawaii . Noel is also an accomplished stand-up comedian performing all over the world and is also the founder of the band Loose Tapestries , formed by the Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno.

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