The Chef’s Secret filmed in Roma this week
TO CELEBRATE our amazing local produce and rich natural gas history, Adrian Richardson was in Roma this week to film season two of The Chef’s Secret.
Amy Clark from the Mum Collective and children Sienna, Ewan and Bonnie were the local family invited to be featured in one episode, which took place at the Big Rig – the birthplace of natural gas.
The renowned chef also featured Maranoa Beef in an episode, filming at the beautiful “Pine Tree” property just outside Roma.
Mr Richardson said season two of The Chef’s Secret is all about Queensland, filming six episodes on locations between Roma and Toowoomba and showcasing local beef, fish, fruit and vegetables while cooking with farmers, truckers, growers and families.
“The Big Rig is the celebration of the birthplace of natural gas and wouldn’t be able to fire up a barbecue without it, so we wanted celebrate the local industry and the people who are working really hard to produce it,” he said.
“The main reason I chose Roma for a filming location is because of the gas.
“This is what we’ve come here for, as well as the great produce and that we’re in true Australia.”
Putting a twist on a family favourite saw Adrian give his insider secrets on one of Australia’s most-loved meals, fish and chips, while making it a healthier alternative.
“The murray cod in particular was just beautiful and all I did was fluff it a little with some blackbean sauce,” he said.
“Anyone could put that together on a gas barbecue in no time. I think sometimes people just need a little inspiration and my job is to show you how easy it is.”
Adrian believes cooking meals at home is not only beneficial to your physical health, but also improves mental health.
“There’s a lot of issues going on in the country and the city and with mental health,” he said.
“We find when people are drawn together around food and cooking, that’s often when people get the chance to talk.
“It’s amazing the discussions you have with people. When you’re cooking, it feels natural to let things out.”
Mrs Clark said the segment was a great way to shine a light on the great tourism in the Roma region, as well as showing fathers easy ways to cook meals for their family.
“A part of me representing the Mum Collective I think it was a fun little segment to highlight what dad’s can cook on the barbecue for mums,” she said.
“My husband watched Adrian’s episode about the steak and then cooked me some steak, so I said ‘if that’s going to keep happening, we need to keep watching the show’.”
The new episodes are expected to air just after Australia Day, but you can check out the latest season online.
Visit www.bright-r.com. au/the-chefs-secret-every-episode/