Surfing the Menu

Surfing the Menu is hosted by two Australian men, Ben O'Donoghue and Curtis Stone. This show follows both men as they trade the kitchen for an open road; traveling to various locations around Australia cooking the most popular cuisine of each location. Australia is becoming a hot spot for innovative and creative cuisine, giving those who watch a true glance at what Australia is bringing to the culinary industry.

This isn't your ordinary cooking show; they add extreme sports to change it up. These extreme sports include surfing and even riding in a hot air balloon. Although there are extreme sports involved, the true culinary talent of each host doesn't go unnoticed.

Wednesday 8:00 PM et/pt on Australian Broadcasting Corporation
4 Seasons, 32 Episodes
January 13, 2004
Food, Travel

Surfing the Menu Full Episode Guide

  • Bender and Mark are in a chopper with wilderness expert Jeremaia taking them out to Big Bay past snow covered peaks and thick dense forests to meet back-woodsman Dale Hunter.

  • Bender and Mark surf an amazing break on a black volcanic beach. Nearby they help a lobsterman beach his boat with the help of a bulldozer.

  • Bender is a fly-fishing tragic and the world-expert on flies is Derek Quilliam who makes the boys Trout Flies for the exact lake they're going to. He sends them off to find Marlene Skeet at Lake Tutira.

  • We open inside a 1954 Sea Otter Float Plane flying over steaming volcanoes and geysers. We then land on the shores of Mokoia Island where they meet Mark's Maori friend Charles Royal, an expert in wild native herbs and spices.

  • From the tranquil Marlborough Sounds the region spreads south along some amazing beaches with spectacular views, plus vineyard after vineyard.

  • At the farm near Keri Keri, Bender and Mark meet award-winning young cheesemaker and surfer Jesse who shows them how to make mascarpone.

  • Gisborne is Mark's hometown. He knows everyone and everyone seems to know him. Mark check up on his new surfboard being finished off nearby.

  • Bender and Mark soar above the spectacular snow-covered Southern Alps in Gliders. Down below them is the Mt Cook Salmon Farm.

  • Esperance is on the south coast of Western Australia and overlooks almost 100 islands.

  • Cockburn Sound is 20 minutes south of the Port of Fremantle in Western Australia. It's a natural sweeping bay sheltered by Garden Island which is a nature reserve and naval base.

  • Just 35kms from Adelaide, is McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Today there are 53 wineries in this region.

  • Ben and Curtis visit the Yarra Valley, home of slow food and recognised as one of the world's great wine growing regions.

  • This is a beautiful region featuring crystal-clear waters, deserted beaches from Tarthra to Eden on the far south coast of NSW

  • Noosa in South East Queensland, is one of Australia's best known beach resorts, but travel into the Noosa hinterland and you'll find a magical land of volcanic mountains, organic growers, tree-changers and some new-age hippies.

  • Lake Argyle is 1000 sq kms in area, about 19 times the size of Sydney harbour. In fact it's so big, it is officially classed as an inland sea.

  • The Tiwi Islands (Melville and Bathurst Islands) are just 80km off the coast of Darwin.

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