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August 5, 2018

The Chefs’ Line 2 (2018)

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The Chefs' Line 2 (2018)

The second season of The Chefs’ Line starts on Monday, August 6, 2018 on SBS every weeknight at 6pm, with an encore screening at 9.30pm on SBS Food Network. This year, the 10 cuisines in competition are Italian, Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, French, Mexican, Greek, Vietnamese and Spanish.

Week 1: Italian (Sotto Sopra)

Episode 1, August 6, 2018
Melanzane alla Parmigiana, or Eggplant Parmigiana
Winning dish – Parmigiana Siciliana della nonna (Paolo Castriciano)
Vegan eggplant parmigiana with cashew cheese (Nadia Fragnito)

Episode 2, August 7, 2018
Winning dish – Carpaccio di manzo (Alessandro Pavoni, Mattia Rossi) – cooked by station chef Flavia Beniamini

Getting really annoyed with the mini news break being inserted into the last segment of the show! Coming back from the commercial break, and showed less than one minute of the last segment, and then go to news break, before coming back to reveal the best dish, is that really necessary? That just reeks of desperation and destroys the feel-good vibe of the show!

Episode 3, August 8, 2018
Zabaione, or Zabaglione
Winning dish – Zabaione with almond polenta crumb and cherries in Amarena syrup (Flavia Beniamini) – cooked by sous chef Mattia Rossi

Episode 4, August 9, 2018
Pasta allo Scoglio, or Seafood Pasta
Winning dish – Tagliolini allo scoglio (Alessandro Pavoni, Mattia Rossi) – cooked by executive chef Alessandro Pavoni

Episode 5, August 10, 2018
Inside The Restaurant: Sotto Sopra
King prawn salad with polenta crostini (Gamberi e polenta crostino) (Alessandro Pavoni, Mattia Rossi)

Week 2: Thai (Long Chim Sydney)

Episode 6, August 13, 2018
Tod Mun Pla (ทอดมันปลา), or Thai Fish Cakes
Winning dish – Snapper fish cakes with cucumber relish (David Thompson) – cooked by apprentice chef Sam Lawrie

Episode 7, August 14, 2018
Gaeng Kiaw Wan (แกงเขียวหวาน), or Thai Green Curry
Winning dish – Green chicken curry with noodles (Gaeng kiow waan gai) (Andrew Perry)

Episode 8, August 15, 2018
Khanom Mo Kaeng (ขนมหม้อแกง) / Khanom Piak Poon (ขนมเปียกปูน) / etc., or generally Thai Palm Sugar Pudding
Winning dish – Palm sugar pudding (David Thompson) – cooked by sous chef Bhas Kraikangwan

Episode 9, August 16, 2018
Som Tam + Chan Pad (ส้มตำ + จานผัด), or Green Papaya Salad & A Stir-Fry
Winning dish – Soft shell crab stir-fry with green papaya salad (David Thompson) – cooked by head chef Meena Throngkumpola

Episode 10, August 17, 2018
Inside The Restaurant: Long Chim Sydney
Fried rice with salty fish and broccoli (David Thompson)

Week 3: Indian (Atta)

Episode 11, August 20, 2018
Winning dish – Samosas with coriander and green chilli chutney (Sarjit Mclinton)

Episode 12, August 21, 2018
Seekh Kebabs with Accompaniment
Winning dish – Lamb seekh kebab with beetroot and mint chutney (Atar Bist) – cooked by station chef Prabhjot ‘Sharry’ Singh Bara

Episode 13, August 22, 2018
Indian Spiced Milk Dessert
Winning dish – Saffron and cardamom milk pudding (shree khurma) (Inderjot ‘Indy’ Toor) – cooked by sous chef Atar Singh

Episode 14, August 23, 2018
Butter Chicken
Winning dish – Tikka butter chicken with naan (Smita Granland)

Episode 15, August 24, 2018
Inside The Restaurant: Atta
Chicken tikka (Murgh Makhani) (Harry Dhanjal)

Week 4: Middle Eastern (Kepos Street Kitchen)

Episode 16, August 27, 2018
Falafel with Accompaniment
Winning dish – Falafel with creamy yoghurt (Mahshid Babzartabi)

Episode 17, August 28, 2018
Middle Eastern Sweet Pastry Dessert
Winning dish – Kanafeh with apple tea (Michael Rantissi) – cooked by station chef Sujan Shrestha

Episode 18, August 29, 2018
Middle Eastern Fish and Salad
Winning dish – Snapper with preserved lemon relish and cauliflower salad (Michael Rantissi) – cooked by sous chef Everton Pinheiro Rodrigues Martins

Episode 19, August 30, 2018
Winning dish – Stuffed quail with roasted eggplant (Michael Rantissi) – cooked by head chef and owner Michael Rantissi

Episode 20, August 31, 2018
Inside The Restaurant: Kepos Street Kitchen
Falafel and green tahini (Michael Rantissi)

Week 5: Chinese (Lotus)

Episode 21, September 3, 2018
Winning dish – Prawn and chive dumplings (Samantha Chew)

Episode 22, September , 2018
Sago Pudding
Winning dish – Jasmine tea sago with rhubarb (Chris Yan)

Oh dear, when did Sago Pudding become a traditional sweet from China? I did not realize the tropical sago palms (Metroxylon sagu) – not to be confused with Cycas revoluta also known as sago palms which does grow in southern China – grew abundantly in China for it to become a staple in Chinese pantry? (sniff!) Sago Pudding is a South East Asian sweet (most probably introduced by the British to Hong Kong – in Cantonese it is known as 西米, translated as western rice), just because Chinese restaurants now serve it does not make it a traditional Chinese dish! The standard has certainly dropped this year for The Chef’s Line… I love the show last year, but this year the show was being dumbed down and felt like it was made by one of the 3 commercial networks (with no regard to traditional cuisines from different countries) instead of the usually high standard of SBS, very disappointed… Maybe a dish using red bean paste would be more appropriate for a Chinese cuisine sweet challenge…

Episode 23, September 5, 2018
Chinese Stir Fried
Winning dish – Lotus kung pao chicken (Chris Yan)

Episode 24, September 6, 2018
Crab with A Side Dish
Winning dish –

Why bother with regional theme when you have dishes being cooked on the show that is not specific to that region! Especially when you have 2 Asian judges that did not even mention the discrepancy of the dish? The chilli crab with sambal is so specific to South East Asia that it should not be featured in Chinese week, not to mention the sago pudding saga earlier in the week… So sick of seeing different Asian cuisines being lumped into one common cuisine, especially when it is on SBS that is supposed to be of a higher standard than the commercial networks and teach us about differences in cuisines, shame on you…

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