Entertaining characters, secret family recipes, complex challenges and a prize of $100,000 are the ingredients that make up the second season of Channel 9’s reality cooking show Family Food Fight.
Contestants are cooking to impress the judges—chef and restaurateur Matt Moran, mohawked pastry chef Anna Polyviou, and food critic Tom Parker Bowles (yes, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s, son).
The format has changed from last year’s series, which had six teams of four family members. This series sees eight teams comprising two relatives, with a mixture of siblings, mothers and their daughters or sons, and a husband and wife.
Matt says the food-loving families will be put through their culinary paces.
“A whole new intensity this season will see families going over and above their cooking skills in order to claim the coveted top spot,” he says.
“We’ll see a melting pot of different nationalities and be presented with home-cooking secrets that on occasion shock us all.”
Over the series we meet families from across the nation, including the vivacious Giles sisters from Queensland; mum and daughter, Trish and Ocean Alatini (WA), who showcase their Maori and Islander cuisine; Victorians Yoshi Cameron-Bradley and his sister Mahla, a scientist, circus performer and vegan; and barbecue-loving brothers-in-law Leon and Cory (WA).
They all have treasured family recipes they hope will wow the judges, such as a secret pasta recipe, special spices, sauces, roast and cakes.
And, as always in reality television, the dynamics between the contestants are as fun to watch as their culinary skills.
But underlying the pressure faced by the contestants in their TV kitchens, Matt says Family Food Fight still has quality home-cooking at its core, aiming to capture the essence of what brings family together at mealtimes and celebrations.
Sharing friendship over a home-cooked meal is one of life’s great joys. Hospitality, a practice as old as time, enriches our lives and the lives of those to whom we extend it. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as being “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers”.
Hospitality can be as comprehensive as providing accommodation to someone in need of a bed or as simple as offering a warm welcome to a new neighbour or directions to a disorientated tourist. It’s worth remembering what Paul, an early church leader, wrote: “Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13, verse 2). What a delightful thought!