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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.

The Chefs' Line logo

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.

Food doyenne Maeve O’Meara spearheads SBS’s move into competition cooking show
Maeve O’Meara’s new TV show on SBS The Chef’s Line

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)
On-line Exclusive – 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

Osteria Oggi's Tiramisu Affogato

Winning dish – Tiramisù Affogato – made by station chef Lawrence Richards (recipe not available but here’s a cheat version or from scratch)
Lemon and amaretto tiramisù (Anna Simon)

Episode 18, April 26, 2017
Polenta with Ragù
Winning dish – Pork sausage ragù with soft polenta (Anna Simon)

Episode 19, April 27, 2017
Bistecca Fiorentina
Winning dish – T-bone steak with panzanella salad and polenta chips (Bistecca alla Fiorentina) (Anna Simon)

Episode 20, April 28, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Osteria Oggi
Corned veal tongue with crispy capers and mayonnaise (Andrew Davies)
Tripe with tomato and fennel (Andrew Davies)

Week 5: Chinese

Episode 21, May 1, 2017
叉焼 Char Siu, or Char Siew
Winning dish – Barbecue pork with prawn fried rice (Frank Shek) – cooked by apprentice chef Wing Tran
Barbecue pork belly steamed buns (bao) (Noby Leong)

Episode 22, May 2, 2017
家常燒(或蒸)魚 加配菜 Whole Fish with Sides
Winning dish – Steamed whole fish with ginger and shallot (Noby Leong)
Whole snapper steamed with black beans, lemon and chilli (Frank Shek) – cooked by station chef Wandy Tjam

Episode 23, May 3, 2017
餃子 Dumplings
Winning dish – Pork and prawn potstickers (Noby Leong)

Episode 24, May 4, 2017
茶香煙燻鴨 Tea Smoked Duck
Winning dish – Tea-smoked duck with tamarind and plum sauce (Frank Shek)
Tea-smoked duck with Chinese pancakes and cherry sauce (Noby Leong)

Episode 25, May 5, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: China Doll
Alaskan king crab with black pepper, chilli and lime (Frank Shek)
On-line Exclusive – Crab and prawn sesame toast with sweet chilli (Frank Shek)

Week 6: Greek

Episode 26, May 8, 2017
Winning dish – Dolmades with tzatziki (stuffed vine leaves) (Maria Humphreys)

Episode 27, May 9, 2017
Twice-Cooked Octopus
Winning dish – Twice-cooked octopus with macaroni kofto (Peter Conistis) – cooked by station chef Natalie Gaspare’

Episode 28, May 10, 2017
Winning dish – Spanakopita pies with tomato fennel and chilli sauce (Pete Dingey)
Bonus – Spanakopita (spinach and fetta pie) (Peter Conistis)

Episode 29, May 11, 2017
Winning dish – Whole eggplant and lamb moussaka (Peter Conistis)
Deconstructed moussaka (Pete Dingey)
Beef and salami moussaka (Sophia Kokkolis)

Episode 30, May 12, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Alpha
Mastic-spiced quails, feta pomegranate and watermelon salad (Peter Conistis)
On-line Exclusive – Slow-roasted lamb ribs with thyme honey and ouzo glaze (Peter Conistis)

Week 7: Indian

Episode 31, May 15, 2017
Butter Chicken
Winning dish (main) – Butter chicken with mint yoghurt and pickled onions (Shruti Kohli)
Winning dish (side) – Indian Paratha (wholemeal layered flatbread) (Shruti Kohli)
Vegan butter chicken with lachha paratha (layered bread) (Anjali Nambissan)
Bonus – Butter Chicken (Adam D’Sylva)

On-line Exclusive – Tuna tartare with rice pappadams (Adam D’Sylva)

Episode 32, May 16, 2017
Winning dish – Spinach pakoras with tamarind and mint chutneys (Anjali Nambissan)

Episode 33, May 17, 2017
Gulab Jamun
Winning dish – Ricotta gulab jamun with saffron syrup (Adam D’Sylva) – cooked by sous chef Kay-Lene Tan
Paneer gulab jamun with rosewater and saffron syrup (Shruti Kohli)

Episode 34, May 18, 2017
Bengali Curry with Accompaniment
It was a draw between the home cook and the chef!
Winning dish (home cook) – Bengali goat curry (kosha mangsho) with Bengali fried puffed bread (luchi) (Shruti Kohli)
Winning dish (chef) – Bengali barramundi curry (Adam D’Sylva)

Episode 35, May 19, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Tonka
Tonka’s carrot halwa (gajar ka halwa) (Kay-Lene Tan)
Bonus – Avani’s lamb curry (Adam D’Sylva)

Week 8: Lebanese

Episode 36, May 22, 2017
Shawarma, or Shawurma
Winning dish – Lamb shawarma with tahini and lemon (Mary Jekki)
Bonus – Chicken shawarma sandwiches (Yotam Ottolenghi)
Bonus – Jerusalem Lamb Shawarma (Yotam Ottolenghi) (ingredients in metric measures)

Episode 37, May 23, 2017
Baklawa, or Baklava
Winning dish – Baklava with cashew nut ice-cream (Roy Ner) – cooked by station chef Lily Tran
Baklava with custard filling (Lyn Gazal)

On-line Exclusive – Baklawa (Abla Amad)

Episode 38, May 24, 2017
Winning dish – Spiced heirloom beetroots with Persian feta and nigella seeds crisps (Roy Ner) – cooked by sous chef Ran Kimelfeld
Fattoush salad with purslane, radish and homemade flatbread (Mary Jekki)

Episode 39, May 25, 2017
Winning dish – Snapper sayadieh with leek (Roy Ner)
Barramundi, cumin and coriander sayadieh (Mary Jekki)

Episode 40, May 26, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Nour
Sambusak (Roy Ner)

Week 9: Thai

Episode 41, May 29, 2017
Pad Thai
Winning dish – Chicken and prawn pad Thai (Jarrod Hudson) – cooked by apprentice chef Pepi Jimenez
Prawn and garlic chive pad Thai (Cat Dunne)
Bonus – Pat Thai (David Thompson)

Episode 42, May 30, 2017
Gaeng Matsaman, or Massaman Curry
Winning dish – Massaman lamb shanks with pancakes and cucumber relish (Cat Dunne)

Episode 43, May 31, 2017
Tom Yum Pla, or Tom Yum Soup with Fish
Winning dish – Snapper dumpling tom yum soup (Cat Dunne)

Episode 44, June 1, 2017
Khai Luk Kheuy, or Son-in-Law Eggs
Winning dish – Son-in-law eggs with sweet fish sauce (Jarrod Hudson)
Bonus – Son-in-law eggs with chilli caramel (Teage Ezard, Gingerboy)
Bonus – The Son In Law Egg (Gingerboy)

Episode 45, June 2, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Easy Tiger
Classic Thai fish cakes (Jarrod Hudson)

Bonus – Classic Thai Fish Cake (Jarrod Hudson) – simpler version
Bonus – Coconut-braised wagyu beef shin with pickled cucumber salad (Jarrod Hudson)
Bonus – Hot and Sour Beef (Crying Tiger) Salad (Jarrod Hudson)
Bonus – Oysters with Green Peanut Nahm Jim (Jarrod Hudson)
Bonus – Chocolate and Pandanus Leaf Dumplings (Jarrod Hudson)
Bonus – Mango and sticky rice (David Thompson)

Bonus – David Thompson – Thai street food recipes from The Guardian – Grilled Pork Skewers (Muu Bing), Pat Thai, Sour Orange Curry of Fish (Geng Som Plaa), Stir-fried Minced Beef with Chillies and Holy Basil (Neua Pat Bai Grapao), Deep-fried Soft-shell Crabs with Garlic and Black Pepper (Bpuu Nim Tort Prik Thai Dam), Glass Noodles Stir-fried with Mushrooms and Fermented Bean Curd (Wun Sen Pat Dtao Huu Yii), Crunchy Prawn Cakes (Gung Foi Tort)

Week 10: Spanish

Episode 46, June 5, 2017
Tortilla Española, or Spanish Omelette
Winning dish – Sweet potato & rosemary tortilla (omelette) (Pedro Merida)

Episode 47, June 6, 2017
Winning dish – Sardines with bread and parsley sauce (Matt McConnell) – cooked by station chef Tomoka Matsunaga
Fried sardines with aioli (Adrian Feher)

Episode 48, June 7, 2017
Winning dish – Churros with chocolate-custard sauce (Adrian Feher)
Bonus – Churros con chocolate (Miguel Maestre)

Episode 49, June 8, 2017
Winning dish – Paella Valenciana (Matt McConnell)
Seafood and chorizo paella (Adrian Feher)

Episode 50, June 9, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Bar Lourinhã
Prawn croqueta (Matt McConnell)

Bonus – Tarta de Queso – La Viña’s famous cheesecake (Frank Camorra)
Bonus – Basque burnt cheesecake (Matt Preston)
Bonus – Tarta de Queso Cheesecake (Frank Camorra)
Bonus – Tarta de Santiago (Galician Almond Cake) (Claudia Roden)
Bonus – Tarta de Santiago (Galician almond cake/Cake of Saint James) (Gordita)

Week 11: French

Episode 51, June 12, 2017
Winning dish – recipe not available
Bonus – Damien Pignolet’s bouillabaise (Damien Pignolet)
Bonus – Bouillabaisse (Guillaume Brahimi)

Episode 52, June 13, 2017
Twice-Cooked Soufflé
Winning dish – Double-baked crab soufflé (Shannon Kellam) – cooked by station chef Tom Manvell
Twice-cooked cheese soufflé with thyme-pancetta sauce (Stephane Nguyen)

Episode 53, June 14, 2017
Duck, Potatoes and Sauce
Winning dish – Roast duck with pommes dauphines (Shannon Kellam) – cooked by sous chef Jamie Pearce
Duck with cherry and Madeira sauce (Collette Mitrega)

Episode 54, June 15, 2017
Winning dish – Pistachio, vanilla and raspberry vacherin (Collette Mitrega)
Bonus – Raspberry and vanilla vacherin (La Colombe d’Or, France)
Bonus – Blackcurrant vacherin (Raymond Blanc)
Bonus – Raspberry and vanilla vacherin – easy cheat version

Episode 55, June 16, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Montrachet
No recipes available yet

Week 12: Japanese

Episode 56, June 19, 2017
Winning dish – Crab-stuffed capsicum tempura (Chase Kojima) – cooked by apprentice chef Rebecca Merhi
Bonus – Basic tempura (Adam Liaw)

Episode 57, June 20, 2017
Winning dish – Charred tuna tataki (Chase Kojima) – cooked by station chef Alex Yu
Bonus – Beef tataki (Adam Liaw)
Bonus – Beef tataki (Scott Hallsworth – NOBU, Melbourne)
Bonus – Tuna tataki (Izakaya Den, Melbourne)
Bonus – Kingfish tataki (Rainer Konstanty – Halo, Perth)

Episode 58, June 21, 2017
Udon Noodle Soup
Winning dish – Pork belly udon soup (Blainie Fuerst)

Episode 59, June 22, 2017
Winning dish – Japanese robatayaki (Chase Kojima)

Episode 60, June 23, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: Sokyo
Moreton bay bug tempura (Chase Kojima)

Week 13: Mexican

Episode 61, June 26, 2017
Winning dish – Beef tacos with slaw and guacamole (Becky Thompson)

Episode 62, June 27, 2017
Winning dish – Kingfish aguachile with watermelon and coconut granita (Tommy Payne) – cooked by station chef Chris Stebbing
Bonus – Mexican aguachile scallops (Pablo Galindo – Rojo Rocket, NSW)

Episode 63, June 28, 2017
Winning dish – Chicken and egg chilaquiles (Flor Labana)

Episode 64, June 29, 2017
Winning dish – Spatchcock, mole maximo and refried beans (Tommy Payne)

Episode 65, June 30, 2017
Inside The Restaurant: el Público
Carne apache papitas (Mexican steak tartare) (Tommy Payne)


  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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