SBS to air Rachel Khoo-hosted cooking format

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand and FremantleMedia Australia are readying Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne (pictured) for Australian broadcaster SBS.
December 8, 2014

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand (BBCWW ANZ) and FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) are teaming up for original cooking format Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne (pictured), which is to air on Australian broadcaster SBS.

The 8 x 30-minute series – set to begin filming next year – is the first production out of a multi-year deal struck between the companies for Australia-focused entertainment formats.

The series will see the chef travelling around the Australian state of Victoria in pursuit of new ideas and recipes, which she will then cook back in her Melbourne apartment. Kitchen Notebook Melbourne will be distributed by BBC Worldwide.

“Rachel’s unique style and creative recipe ideas have proved extremely popular with audiences around the world, so we’re delighted to be working with her to create a series with a distinct Australian flavor,” said Jon Penn, MD of BBCWW ANZ, in a statement.

“This is exactly the type of high-quality programming that we are looking to produce through our partnership with FremantleMedia Australia, enabling us to grow our content business in Australia, develop exciting commercial opportunities off-screen and create world-class content that can travel to other territories,” the exec added.

Ian Hogg, FMA’s regional CEO for Australia and Asia Pacific, added: “Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne is a great opportunity to put a uniquely Australian spin on a BBC Worldwide format. Rachel is an undeniable talent and her star rises every day. This series will be unique, edgy and above all, incredibly engaging.”

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