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The Foodlovers’ Guide to Australia (1996 - 2005)

Magazine program
57 episodes x 30 minutes

Series synopsis:

This magazine style program, broadcast each week on SBS television for almost a decade, celebrates Australian people, their cooking and their produce with the show’s presenters, Maeve O’Mara and Joanna Savill.

Curator’s Notes:

What makes this series unique is the bold mix of Australian social history and food stories. Whether it’s about Australian Sikhs who came to cut bananas at the end of the 19th century, celebrating a traditional religious festival with feasting, or a Chinese lotus grower and restaurant owner who uses this plant in a range of dishes, the program celebrates multicultural Australia.

Maeve O’Mara and Joanna Savill were journalists working in the SBS newsroom when they collaborated to produce the SBS Eating Guides to Sydney and Melbourne. In the process, they met so many amazing food producers and chefs from different cultures, they were inspired to create The Foodlovers’ Guide to Australia in 1996. The five series that followed over the next decade, terminating at the end of 2005, presented some of the most exciting food in the world and all of it grown and produced in Australia. This remarkable series was judged The Best Food/Drink TV Show in the 2005 World Food Media Awards.

Titles in this series

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 1 2004

Another episode of the ever popular and very different cooking show that explores Australia for its inspiration. In this program, it’s mum’s cooking with a difference in Broome; a bloke and his brick oven; and a wonderful display of ice ...

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 2 2004

Whether it’s diving for trepang or sea cucumber in the northernmost tip of Australia, or putting together a feast from local produce at the southernmost point in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in Tasmania, the program ranges wide to find fine produce ...

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 3 2004

While Maeve O’Mara has crossed the desert to eat at a terrific Greek taverna in Coober Pedy, Joanna Savill is in the Torres Straits to take part in a local feast.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 5 2004

Maeve O’Mara travels to north-east Tasmania to discover the secrets behind creating a terrific cheddar. We then meet the chef of Sydney’s great restaurant, Claude’s, while Joanna Savill helps with the preparations for a three day long religious feast organised ...

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 6 2004

From the adventure of bush tucker in Kakadu to a huge Greek family feast at Easter, then Italian pastries followed by the seductively creamy custard apple and how and where it is grown. It’s all in a day’s work for ...