Take a former ballet dancer with a fierce appetite for life and mix with an insatiable desire to create great food… and you’ve got MERCURIO’S MENU. Each week, PAUL MERCURIO hits the road in search of Australia’s most passionate primary producers and inspirational chefs.
Visiting the Hunter Valley can often be one long wine tasting but tonight Paul is here to look at other lush produce from the region and it’s all on the menu.
Paul visits Robert and Helen Dyball, first generation snail breeders. The couple live on a farm in the Hunter and breed over 30,000 snails for consumption on site.
Head brewer Luke Scott and his enthusiastic assistant Keith Grice take Paul on a tour of Potter Brewery, the first micro brewery in the Hunter region. Of course there’s lots of sampling of the brew that Potters are famous for, the Hunter Kolsch.
Paul also fishes for yabbies in Lovedale; meets Stephen Arnott, the great, great Grandson of biscuit baron, William Arnott; visits the famous Bistro Molines run by French chef, Robert Molines; catches up with Colin and Norma Cairns who produce premium goat meat from their organically fed herd; and takes a look around an orange farm.
And it’s not a visit to the Hunter without sampling some of the wine the region is most famous for – Shiraz.
Sunday February 24 at 5:30pm on Seven