The Cook and the Chef-Series Two: Spring Delights (2007)

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Released 4-Sep-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Menu Audio
DVD-ROM Extras-Recipes (pdf format)
Deleted Scenes-3 extra scenes
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 260:50 (Case: 270)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Maggie Beer
Simon Bryant
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This cooking show has been a quiet success on the ABC for the past three years and has now reached more than one hundred episodes. So far, five DVD sets have been released from the series but this is the first set featuring episodes from the second season. This set contains ten episodes from 2007 all with a focus on Springtime ingredients and cooking.

    The concept is a little bit different to other cooking shows as rather than being focused on one celebrity chef with a large ego it features (as the title suggests) a cook and a chef. The distinction drawn is that the 'cook', Maggie Beer is a well-known foodie from the Barossa Valley rather than being a professional chef. The 'chef' is Simon Bryant who is the executive chef from a five star hotel in Adelaide. When you first start watching this series they seem like a very strange pairing with the young and funky Bryant, seeming to be out of place in the traditional family kitchen at Maggie Beer's house. However, as the series progresses it is the juxtaposition of styles and backgrounds which really makes the series work, as they introduce different ingredients, techniques and ideas to each other. The more recent episodes being aired now on ABC indicate they have developed an excellent working relationship.

    Each episode tends to feature the two of them taking the same ingredients and cooking them in completely different ways, focusing on local seasonal produce from Australia. Local producers are also featured heavily. Most of the recipes are straightforward and the recipes are included in pdf files on Disc 2. Strangely the first disc includes 7 episodes and the second only 3.Each episode runs for approximately 26 minutes.

    The episodes included are

  1. Quails & Momos
  2. Truffles
  3. Cattle Drive
  4. Sunday Night
  5. Spatchcocks & Terrines
  6. Sugar
  7. The Alice
  8. Prawns
  9. Favourite Dishes
  10. Party Time

    This is a good quality low-key cooking series produced locally for the ABC without the need for a celebrity chef. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was quite sharp and clear. There was no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    The were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read.

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    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 256 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The music by Steve Matters is fine but a little over the top.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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    The menu was simple but functional.


    The second disc of this set includes 10 pdf files featuring full colour versions of the recipes from each show including photos and full instructions. They could easily be printed out and added to your recipe collection.

Deleted & Extended Scenes

    Three extra sequences obviously recorded for the show and then not used are included.



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    An entertaining and informative local cooking show featuring an interesting concept of pairing up a professional chef with a well-known foodie.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    All the recipes are included in pdf files along with some extra scenes.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, November 08, 2008
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DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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