Go on a gourmet escape with Alex and Matt around Western Australia’s Margaret River in
‘Recipes That Rock’
Take your taste buds on a rock-n-roll tour when RECIPES THAT ROCK premieres every Monday at 7:00 p.m. (1900 hrs) SIN/HK, starting April 28. Encores every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. (1000 hrs).
TLC SUMMER BRO-MANCE BLOOMS AS ‘BLUR’ BASSIST ALEX JAMES BONDS WITH TATTOOED AUSSIE CHEF MATT STONE OVER FOOD THAT ROCKS
45 year old Alex James made his name as a member of famous rock band, Blur, and is now an author, father and farmer who makes award-winning artisan cheeses. In RECIPES THAT ROCK, Alex goes on a crusade to find great music, unique characters and delectable cheeses. Alex has hosted the food and music festival ‘Jamie Oliver presents The Big Feastival with Alex James’ on his farm in September 2012.
26 year old Matt Stone started his career at Margaret River’s Leeuwin Estate and is currently the executive chef at Perth’s ‘Greenhouse’ restaurant. He rocks tattoos, an anti-establishment attitude and passion for sustainability, green issues, food and art installations.
Matt has put ‘Greenhouse’ at the front of Perth’s dining culture in just their first year of trade and has been awarded numerous accolades. Matt took out Gourmet Traveller’s prestigious Best New Talent 2011, West Australia’s Good Food Guide’s Best Young Chef 2011 and Greenhouse won the Good Food Guide’s Best New Restaurant for 2011.
Rock star turned cheesemaker – check. Homegrown Aussie chef complete with tattoos – check. Open top car cruising around the Margaret River region – check. Alex James and Matt Stone heads west of Australia to take a journey of discovery around the Margaret River region in the six-part series, RECIPES THAT ROCK. Together, they will discover unique produce, meet the people behind them, soak in the stunning surf and scenery and draw inspiration from what they find for some uniquely Australian recipes.
With pristine beaches, lush vineyards and a mosaic of natural wonders, Margaret River is one of Australia’s most picturesque and charming regions perfect for taking a family vacation or romantic getaway. So why would two rock ‘n’ roll loving men want to visit Margaret River? One thing Alex James, former bassist of rock band Blur, and Matt Stone, one of Australia’s youngest, most notable chefs, have in common is their love of food and that’s exactly where Margaret River delivers. In each half hour episode of RECIPES THAT ROCK, the duo will take a look at the culinary delights and freshly picked produce across Margaret River – from Yallingup (aboriginal for ‘Place of Love’) to the beachside town of Prevelly – that make it Australia’s premium gourmet region.
Once a chilled out surfing town, Margaret River has long been a nirvana for wine fans. But more recently, artisan cheese, chocolate and olive oil producers have made it their home alongside outstanding microbreweries. Inspired by the high quality Asian dishes and Pacific Rim cuisine, Alex and Matt cook up feasts like sticky Vietnamese pork, Mexican spiced abalone with avocado and mango salad, barbecued marron with grilled asparagus and beach herbs, and delicious desserts like a liquid-centered chocolate cake and sheep milk ice-cream with fruits, pistachios and rose petal syrup.
From beachside barbecues to underground (literally!) didgeridoo concerts, Alex and Matt also explore the sights, sounds and smells of the region to gain an immersive experience. Not only do the boys cook up a storm in the kitchen, they’re game enough to get down and dirty hive-hunting for gooey golden honey, scouring the aqua-blue beaches to hand pick abalone and even play catch with some piglets stuck on an island off the mainland of a free-range pig farm.
The boys continue ticking off their food lover’s must-do list: hunting for black truffles, touring the local wineries, catching their own dinner and meeting with experts who share special tricks of the trade while rubbing shoulders with renowned chefs from around the globe – Alex Atala, Alvin Leung, Heston Blumenthal, Rene Redzepi and Tetsuya Wakuda to name a few – as the gourmet world descends on the region for Margaret River’s Gourmet Escape.
Experience the amazing produce, cook the recipes, hear the music and see the stunning surf and scenery that make Margaret River so incredibly unique in RECIPES THAT ROCK.