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March 31, 2017

The Chefs’ Line (2017)

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The Chefs' Line (2017)

A new cooking competition is coming to our TV screen on Monday, April 3, 2017 on SBS at 6pm every weeknight for the next 13 weeks. This new series titled The Chefs’ Line will see home cooks challenging an entire chefs’ line from some of the best restaurants across the country.

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Each week, The Chefs’ Line will celebrate a different cuisine, a different restaurant, as home cooks earn their cooking stripes and dish their way up the ranks going plate-to-plate with each restaurant’s line. Hosted by SBS favourite Maeve O’Meara, with chef Dan Hong, food writer Melissa Leong and native ingredient expert Mark Olive serving as the 3 judges, the daily half-hour series will feature competitions from Monday to Thursday every week as well as a behind-the-scene look at the featured restaurant-of-the-week on Friday’s episode. With a focus on a different cuisine each week, The Chefs’ Line will also shine a light on the multicultural appeal of Australia’s diverse food culture. The cuisine featured in alphabetical order will be African, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
The weekly format will see four home cooks go up against the apprentice chef every Monday night. The home cooks with the best three plates on the pass progress through to the next night. On Tuesday, the 3 home cooks have moved a step up the chefs’ line and cook against the station chef with another home cook going home at the end of the night. Wednesdays is always the penultimate battle; the final 2 home cooks take on the sous chef. Thursday night is the final night of the competition; the best home cook faces-off against the restaurant’s head chef in the ultimate David vs Goliath battle. In a special episode each Friday, Maeve O’Meara gives a guided tour of the featured restaurant, the chefs share stories from the week and tantalise with delicious recipes.

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Week 1: Vietnamese

Episode 1, April 3, 2017
Vietnamese Wraps ‘n’ Rolls
Winning dish – Pork and king prawn lettuce wrap (Thanh Truong)

On-line Exclusive – Steamed chicken and shredded vegetable salad (Dandelion’s executive chef Geoff Lindsay)

Episode 2, April 4, 2017
Bánh Flan, or Vietnamese Crème Caramel (Kem Flan)
Winning dish – Coconut and galangal crème caramel (bánh flan) (Iyan Difuntorum)

Episode 3, April 5, 2017
Winning dish – Chicken phở with soft-cooked egg (Geoff Lindsay) – cooked by 2IC chef Ennis Le
Beef phở (Vietnamese noodle soup) (Thanh Truong)

Episode 4, April 6, 2017
Bánh Xèo
Winning dish – Sizzling coconut pancake with crab and barbecue pork (bánh xèo) (Geoff Lindsay)
Prawn and mung bean sizzling pancakes (bánh xèo) (Thanh Truong)

Episode 5, April 7, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Dandelion
Chilli-tomato mud crab (Geoff Lindsay)

Week 2: African

Episode 6, April 10, 2017
Peri Peri Chicken, or Piri Piri Chicken
Winning dish – Peri peri chicken with boom chakalaka (Duncan Welgemoed) – cooked by apprentice chef Denni

Episode 7, April 11, 2017
Winning dish – Goat stew potjie with mushrooms (Agnes Dube)

Episode 8, April 12, 2017
Boerewors with Pap and Sheba
Winning dish – African beef sausages with pap and sheba (boerewors) (Pauline Ndungu)

Episode 9, April 13, 2017
African Spiced Whole Fish with Fufu
Winning dish – Spiced barramundi in banana leaf with pickled radish (Duncan Welgemoed)
African spiced fish with pap and silverbeet (Pauline Ndungu)

Episode 10, April 14, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Africola
Africola’s lamb kofta (Duncan Welgemoed)
Pipis in cider (Duncan Welgemoed)

Week 3: Turkish

Episode 11, April 17, 2017
Turkish Prawns
Winning dish – Crunchy prawns with muhammara (kadayifli karides) (Somer Sivrioglu) – cooked by apprentice chef Çağın
Raki tomato prawns with yoghurt flatbread (Taylor James)

Episode 12, April 18, 2017
Winning dish – Simit with haydari (Turkish sesame bread with yoghurt dip) (Somer Sivrioglu) – cooked by station chef Inal Erdener
Muhammara (Turkish walnut-capsicum dip) (Clint Yudelman)

Episode 13, April 19, 2017
İmam Bayıldı
Winning dish – Turkish stuffed eggplant (striped imam bayildi) (Somer Sivrioglu) – cooked by sous chef Ozge Donmezoglu

Episode 14, April 20, 2017
Köfte with Accompaniments
Winning dish – Köfte with cannellini and tahini salad (Somer Sivrioglu)

Episode 15, April 21, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Anason
Atom yoghurt (Turkish labne with dried chillies and fresh peppers) (Somer Sivrioglu)
Albanian pan-fried liver with potato and herbs (arnavut ciğeri) (Somer Sivrioglu)

On-line Exclusive – Traditional lamb and pistachio kebab with smoked eggplant and garlic yoghurt (ali nazik) (Somer Sivrioglu)

Week 4: Italian

Episode 16, April 24, 2017
Winning dish – Ricotta gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce (Lisa Flowers)

Episode 17, April 25, 2017
Lemon and amaretto tiramisù (Anna Simon)



  1. Trying to find the name of the potato market stall holder that was on this last week. He was a young guy who has started selling a huge variety of potatoes at his market stall.

    Comment by Bobbie — April 21, 2017 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

    • Are you referring to the Vietnamese young man, his name is Thanh Truong, but I thought he is a wholesaler?

      Comment by SeaDragon — April 21, 2017 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

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