Starring Curtis Stone and Ben O'Donoghue,
Surfing the Menu is trip around most of Australia, catching waves and
seeing what the local areas visited have to offer in the way of culinary
Both guys are Aussies who work over in
England and are apparently very good in what they do over in the UK. The
premise of this show is that they are bored with the cooking over there and
are back in Oz to get some inspiration for their cooking. So along comes a
camera crew with them as they hit surf spots around the country and cook us up
stuff to eat.
This show had me stumped and I am sorry to
say that for the life of me that I could not get into it. Being a fan of a
number of other cooking shows, Jamie Oliver, Kylie Kwong, Nigella Lawson to
name but a few, this show looked as though it would deliver the goods, however
it's quite simply not to be.
One of my main complaints with this disc is
the fact that they have chosen to leave the boys swearing in. It's only mild
and those who know me (friends) will attest that I can let rip myself at
times. There is a time and place though and this is not one of them. Very
We are taken to some beautiful areas and
shown some truly cool things. As a travel DVD this disc stands up really well
and is of interest, but we have to remember that this is a cooking disc as
well and that's where I think it falls on it's face. We are shown some great
dishes and I thought on more than one occasion that I'd love to cook some of
the dishes displayed. Unfortunately you are not shown enough to every really
fully recreate what you see and there are no extras that I could find that
showed me the recipes in a text format. If someone can find them on the disc,
let me know and I will amend this score somewhat.
I'd have to say that as a travel guide, this
is worth the watch, but as a cookguide, no thanks. We are teased with
mouthwatering dishes but not shown any techniques. The swearing, although mild
is a big turn off for me as well. This one might be worth
The disc is shown in
16:9 aspect ratio and the whole disc looks very nice. Colours are rich and
make the landscapes very appealing. There are no problems with video on this
Stereo mix only here and
it's all that it needed. Sound is very clear, functional and adds to the
enjoyment of the disc.
Nothing to report here that I could find, I wish there were some recipes for
all the great food!
Surfing the Menu
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