By Drew Radford
The best of South Australian food and culture is about to be served up to a potential television audience of 90 million people in China.
Chef Exchange is a four-part co-production series pairing renowned Adelaide chef Jock Zonfrillo (Orana Restaurant) and Shandong chef Qu Jianmin.
Together they explore each other’s culture, cuisine and the signature food and produce as they travel across the best of South Australia and the Shandong Province.
“It’s not a cooking show.. it’s really experiencing and celebrating wonderful fresh produce and where it comes.. a showcase of both worlds,” said 57 Films, Paul Ryan.
“The chemistry between the two chefs really worked and translated well on screen even though Jock doesn’t speak any Chinese and Qu doesn’t speak any English… the finished up great friends. ”
The opening episode goes to air in Shandong on QTV tonight during prime time and will be repeated at the end of the week.
57 Films took two months to shoot the first four 30-minute episodes employing up to 15 local crew. Locations across South Australia included Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, Port Lincoln and the Adelaide metropolitan area.
The co-production is one of the celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Shandong-South Australia sister-state relationship.
A second series has already been commissioned and eventually all the episodes will then be edited into a combined special that will air nationally on China TV – to an even bigger audience!
The success of the project – and 57 Films involvement with trade missions to China – has opened other doors.
57 Films found out last week that the company had beaten 12 other international bidders to win the tender for the production of an international film to promote Qingdao to the world.
“It’s a great example of us working for China bringing income back to fund an Adelaide business,” said Paul.