This grab came from the SMH:
Some like it hot
Filming has begun on what promises to be an intriguing television offering for 2007: a local version of the British TV show The F-Word. Instead of featuring the internationally acclaimed chef Gordon Ramsay, the Channel Seven version has signed up the Sydney celebrity chef Matt Moran. Each week Moran invites three amateur chefs into the kitchen of a new restaurant operating exclusively for the show. The chefs are grouped by profession - from hairdressers and surf lifesavers to surgeons and sports stars - and are guided by Moran as they prepare a three-course meal for 50 hungry customers.
The whole dining experience went on from 6pm to 10:45pm, where over the course of four and a half hours we sampled a 3 course set menu. I spotted Evan and Bella from My Restaurant Rules (I met them 2 years ago when I went to Pink Salt). I also sat right opposite Anthony Callea and hummed his latest song in my head with a giggle.
We came straight from work looking and feeling a bit tired and walked to Darlinghurst from St James station
Chilli salt squid with baby bok choy (valued @ $10)
When this dish first came out the smell was amazing! However the sauce that came with it tasted too strongly of sweet chilli for my liking and was extremely sweet. My bok choy was almost raw and my sister's was over cooked. Out of the 3 of us only I said that I wouldn't pay for this dish, but I didn't realise that it really meant that I didn't pay so I felt a little guilty afterwards.
Having the crew film you as you eat is very bizarre, everything that you would usually think in your head as you eat you need to say out loud. Because I gave a 'no' vote for the squid everyone on my table was asked to focus on the negative aspects of the entree as they filmed us. We were also asked to clearly say at the end that we wouldn't pay for this dish! (great! I might make it on TV looking like a tight-ass). After this type of experience you realise how 'set up' reality TV can be.
Roast Pork Loin with kipfler potatoes, roast baby pears, broccolini & caper butter (Valued @ $20)
We thought that the pork meat was tender and juicy and cooked really well, however the crackle was a bit on the chewy side. The biggest issue that we had with this dish, was that because we were the last table to receive the mains our meal was very cold. Despite giving 'yes' votes the film crew got very excited when my sister mentioned that her meal was cold and was asked to repeat it for the camera zooming right in on her as she said it.
There was a bit of controversy that followed after the serving of the pork with only 20 out of 50 people saying 'yes' they would pay. For a more detailed account of the incident visit Anna's blog.
White chocolate panacotta with citrus salad (Valued @ $10)
The texture of the panacotta wasn't as smooth as we would have liked but after what happened with the main meals we felt very sorry for the butchers and was going to give a 'yes vote' not matter what. The citrus salad that accompanied the panacotta was fantastic and was the highlight of this dessert.
Anthony stopped for a photo before he left - how nice!
This experience was amazing and if we make the cut, we should feature in episode 4? Also keep your eye out for Anna of Morsels and Musings and Julia of Relookage who sat at tables right next to me (we had some excellent seats!).
*edit* We also sat next to this guy 'Will' we all had no idea who he was but he was playing up to the camera and even changed shirts during the show. Steve who commented on Anna's blog posted this link and here I was thinking he was a chef.