The Cook and the Chef

ABC1 (ended 2009)


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Christmas
      Episode 43
      Christmas is fast approaching, but for some of us that brings the annual stress of working out how to feed a big group! This week Maggie and Simon demonstrate that cooking a Christmas lunch or dinner doesn't have to be stressful.
    • Holiday Picnic
      Holiday Picnic
      Episode 42
      Summer's just around the corner and soon the days in the Barossa Valley will be hot and the risk of snakes too high to roam far, so Maggie is making the most of the last mild weather.
    • Say Cheese
      Say Cheese
      Episode 41
      There's cheese, cheese and more cheese in this episode of The Cook and The Chef.
    • BBQ Party
      BBQ Party
      Episode 40
      The warm spring days in the Barossa Valley are perfect for a barbecue and this week Maggie and Simon make the most of the weather to turn on the gas and start sizzling some of their favorite ingredients.
    • Bush Tucker
      Bush Tucker
      Episode 39
      This week on the show Maggie and Simon go 'wild' by cooking up some dishes using ingredients that are not farmed.
    • Cooking With Friends
      On today's menu Maggie and Simon visit a couple of cooking mates and mentors, who have played a part in their professional and personal lives.
    • Shellfish
      Episode 37
      If you're a lover of shellfish, this one's for you.
    • A Moveable Feast
      A Moveable Feast
      Episode 36
      It's the middle of spring and the sunshine and longer days are a great excuse for people to get together and enjoy good company and good food.
    • It's Offal
      It's Offal
      Episode 35
      When 'offal' is mentioned most of us think of the internal organs of animals, but the word also refers to anything that is considered worthless or thrown away.
    • Blondes Have More Fun
      Chefs love working with color and contrast, but Maggie and Simon love a challenge so this week they're going blonde.
    • Fresh or Frozen
      Fresh or Frozen
      Episode 33
      Maggie and Simon set out to prove that some frozen produce not only has its merits but in some cases, has its advantages.
    • Just Veg
      Just Veg
      Episode 32
      Longer days and a more generous serving of sun - spring has arrived, and it's the perfect time to get into fresh vegies.
    • Spring Has Sprung
      Spring Has Sprung
      Episode 31
      Its time to throw open the window, peel off the winter woollies and marvel at and the wonders of the new season.
    • A Sunday Roast
      A Sunday Roast
      Episode 30
      There is nothing like a leg of spring Lamb for the perfect Sunday Roast.
    • Kangaroo Island
      Kangaroo Island
      Episode 29
      Around fourteen kilometers off the coast of South Australia lies a beautiful and unspoilt piece of land.
    • An English Theme
      An English Theme
      Episode 28
      Simon's on a mission to get back to his English "Food Roots" with classic ingredients like Stilton Cheese and Pork sausages.
    • Citrus
      Episode 27
      Citrus is often considered a basic ingredient, but Simon and Maggie are convinced that it deserves more of a starring role in our kitchens so this week they give it its place in the sun.
    • Winter Comfort Food
      It's time to shake off the winter blues with a serve of piping hot comfort food.
    • Old Favorites
      Old Favorites
      Episode 25
      Maggie and Simon bring back some Old Favorites and, of course, reveal secrets that take your cooking to another level.
    • In the Hills
      In the Hills
      Episode 24
      When Simon returned to Adelaide, after studying to be a chef, he had a whole new appreciation for the Adelaide Hills.
    • Winter and Chocolate
      The weather's cooler.. ugg boots are on.. and fires are roaring. Before the Winter Blues' hit, why not cheer up with some chocolate. And the good news is, Maggie and Simon show you how to use chocolate in ways that aren't all that bad for you.
    • A German Influence
      A German Influence
      Episode 22
      Maggie Beer is passionate about the Barossa Valley and its German Heritage.
    • Planning
      Episode 21
      Preparing for Christmas in June is not the norm for most of us, but for Maggie and Simon it's the ideal time to plan ahead and 'put down' some ingredients to mature nicely for the festive season.
    • Catering for Different Diets
      Maggie and Simon can't bear the thought of anyone missing out on one of life's great pleasures, good food, so they've come up with recipes to convince us that a gluten free diet doesn't have to be a boring one.
    • Oils Ain't Oils
      Oils Ain't Oils
      Episode 19
      Maggie Beer says she wouldn't be the cook she is today without great olive oil.
    • Rubbish Fish
      Rubbish Fish
      Episode 18
      Thanks to the European and Asian influences on Australian culture we are all increasingly appreciating the food value of fish that fishermen once called "Rubbish Fish".
    • Favorite Things
      Favorite Things
      Episode 17
      It's the last week of Autumn and Maggie and Simon are indulging as they showcase a few of their favorite things.
    • Autumn Fruit and Veg
      The great variety of autumn Fruit and Veg on offer has both Maggie and Simon embracing the season.
    • Autumn Fruit and Nuts
      If you thought salads were just for Summer, think again! Its Autumn and the new seasons array of Fruit and Nuts sees Maggie and Simon whip up a collection of captivating flavours.
    • An Autumn Party
      An Autumn Party
      Episode 14
      Welcome to an episode that's Autumnal and extraordinary. Maggie introduces Simon to her outdoor wood-fired oven, and he uses it to make some pottery with a very special meal inside.
    • BBQ
      Episode 13
      It's time to fire up the barbie and pay homage to Australia's love of outdoor cooking and dining. In The Cook and The Chef this week, Maggie and Simon celebrate the BBQ and show viewers how to get the most from it.
    • Cooking With Grapes
      Raise a toast to the glorious grape as Simon and Maggie celebrate with the fruit of the vine.
    • Kids in the Kitchen
      Don't know what to do with the kids during school holidays? Don't know what to feed them? Why not get into the kitchen and cooking with Maggie and Simon as they prepare kid friendly dishes like Meatloaf and Chicken Egg Noodles.
    • Easter
      Episode 10
      It's Easter and Simon surprises Maggie with a chilli Easter Egg whipped up at work under the expert eyes of his pastry chefs.
    • Pizzas
      Episode 9
      Maggie and Simon share their secrets for making brilliant pizzas in conventional ovens.
    • An Early Autumn Lunch
      The season is on the change and Maggie and Simon prepare for an early autumn lunch.
    • Summer Party for 20
      Maggie asks Simon to help prepare for a party for 20 of her friends.
    • No Fuss or Failure Dinner Party Setup
      Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant invite us into the kitchen to share the secrets to having friends for dinner without fuss or failure - but with a little drama and presentation.
    • A Late Summer Lunch
      This week on the Cook and the Chef, Maggie and Simon really show their different approaches to cooking.
    • Brunch
      Episode 4
      What better way to entertain than to have a Brunch.
    • The Orchard
      The Orchard
      Episode 3
      Maggie and Simon travel to Mallyons organic stone fruit orchard on the river Murray to taste the organic peaches and apricots grown by Nick and Rita Builder.
    • A Summer Lunch
      A Summer Lunch
      Episode 2
      Maggie and Simon go fishing for squid. Simon shows how to clean and gut squid while Maggie prepares two recipes using squid. Then Maggie prepares a caper salad while Simon prepares a Caesar salad. To finish they both make their own version of a Vanilla Affogato.
    • Best in Season.
      Best in Season.
      Episode 1
      Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant both prepare three separate dishes using tomato, Kingfish and finally olives as the key ingredients.
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