Netflix and chill with our 2019 Festival stars

Published on December 27 2018.

Photo: Rosio Sanchez (Frederik Clement)

Before you catch the likes of Rosio Sanchez and Joe Beef co-founders Dave McMillan and Frédéric Morin at the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, why not spend some time getting to know them through your favourite streaming service?

From Parts Unknown to Ugly Delicious, Destination Flavour to The Mind of a Chef, our festival stars have made appearances in plenty of great food and travel television. Here’s what to watch when you’ve got some downtime and want to get into the heads of some of the world’s most interesting food personalities.

Joe Beef, Parts Unknown, Season 1, Episode 5, “Quebec”

If you’re unfamiliar with the Quebecois approach to dining, this episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown tells you everything you need to know. Bourdain’s hosts in Quebec include Dave McMillan and Frédéric Morin, two of the founders of Montreal restaurant Joe Beef, who take eating, drinking and life’s pleasures extremely seriously. Travelling by train? Bring a packed lunch (or in this case breakfast) that includes black truffle, a tin of caviar, bagels and cream cheese. Going ice-fishing? Be sure to end the expedition with a multi-course meal in your ice shanty that features lobster and more black truffle, rarely seen French classics, plenty of foie gras and stinky, gooey cheeses. McMillan and Morin are unapologetically indulgent. Trying to explain their lavish style of hospitality, both in their personal lives and at their five restaurants, Morin says, “It’s a combination of low self-esteem and generosity”. Whatever the reason, it’s impressive. Look out Melbourne - Joe Beef is coming for you.

Watch it on Netflix

Nicolai Nørregaard, Munchies Chef’s Night Out with Kadeau

There’s Nicolai Nørregaard the hunter, gatherer and thoughtful chef, and there’s Nicolai Nørregaard off-duty, throwing back aquavit and revelling in a long lunch with his pals in the Danish summer. And in this episode of Chef’s Night Out, you get to see both. The team from Nørregaard’s Restaurant Kadeau are in the spotlight, taking you on a journey to the idyllic island of Bornholm where the original Kadeau is located, before taking the ferry to get to Copenhagen for more drinks, food and a music festival. If you want some pointers on how to live better, take note of how this crew travels. Who's up for some herring and rye smørrebrød on the high seas?

Watch it on YouTube

Rosio Sanchez, Ugly Delicious, Season 1, Episode 2, “Tacos”

Filmed around the time that Noma popped up in Mexico, this episode of David Chang’s Ugly Delicious features talented young chef Rosio Sanchez, who spent five years at Noma and was instrumental to making the pop-up happen. Catch her making tacos and cochinita pibil in a small village in Yucatan, the state where Noma’s restaurant was located, learning about the cooking techniques that have been refined over hundreds of years using indigenous ingredients. She talks about growing up with Mexican parents in America, being an immigrant in Denmark and how she’s perceived in Mexico when she visits to learn more about her culture. Switched-on, curious and passionate, she makes for great TV and is an important voice in the discussions Ugly Delicious has about culture, authenticity and appropriation. Plus there are lots of great-looking tacos eaten throughout this episode. Right on.

Watch it on Netflix

Nicolai Norregaard in the gardens surrounding Restaurant Kadeau, Bornholm (photo: Marie Louise Munkegaard)

Joe BeefThe Mind of a Chef, Season 1, Episode 8, “Gluttony”

What do you do when you want to appease the food bloggers who visit your restaurant? If you’re Frédéric Morin of Joe Beef, you create the sandwich to end all sandwiches: a foie gras double-down. The chef demonstrates how to make his riff on the KFC dish of the same name as David Chang looks on wide-eyed. Watch and learn why Joe Beef has earned its reputation for hedonistic fun - it’s not included in an episode titled Gluttony for nothing.

Watch it on Netflix

Adam Liaw, Destination Flavour

Want some screen time with Adam Liaw? Have six seasons-worth with this long-running SBS series where Liaw journeys around Australia and to some of his favourite places abroad to meet the producers, restaurateurs and diners who are shaping their respective food scenes. Japan, Singapore, Scandinavia and now China are all on the menu in this cross between travel show and cooking show, with the knowledgeable Liaw acting as your guide.

Adam Liaw’s appearance at the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is made possible by Asko.

Watch it on SBS On Demand

Will Studd, Cheese Slices

Did you know that the Will Studd who imports and produces cheese also writes and hosts a TV series devoted to the world’s great cheeses? Cheese Slices has been running for eight seasons, meaning there is a veritable feast of cheesy goodness for you to binge on. Visit the roquefort ageing caves of southern France, find out what makes true camembert really special and learn about cheese-making in places you may be less familiar with including Bhutan, Turkey and Wales.

Watch it on iTunes

Dan Hong in Munchies Chef’s Night Out with Mitch Orr

Acme chef Mitch Orr may be the ringleader in this Sydney installment of the Chef’s Night Out series but his buddy Dan Hong is along for the ride, as well as Analiese Gregory and Luke Powell. The quartet of talented young chefs take you on a tour of old and new Sydney, stopping in at a three-month-old Automata, trying the smoked and barbecued meats of Powell’s restaurant LP’s Quality Meats and heading to Golden Century, where Hong goes all out. “The problem with letting Dan order is he can’t help himself” says Orr. But the diet starts tomorrow.

Watch it on YouTube

Browse the full program for the 2019 Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne, 8-24 March 2019.