SBS reveals largest-ever commission

With a 200-episode order, The Cook Up with Adam Liaw is the biggest SBS Original to date.

Get ready, foodies, because SBS Food has just ordered 200 episodes of a brand new show, to air on weeknights from April 19. The Cook Up with Adam Liaw is a celebration of conversation and culture through food, and it’s the biggest commission in the network’s history.

Each night, the popular cook, author, and TV presenter Adam Liaw will be joined by two guests for half an hour of conversation and cooking that is centred on a nightly theme. The guest list is already looking immense, including celebrated chefs like Colin Fassnidge, Christine Manfield, Danielle Alvarez, and Mark Best, as well as familiar personalities Myf Warhurst, Yumi Stynes, Benjamin Law, Jimmy Barnes, and more. 

‘Food is the great unifier and The Cook Up aims to bring all Australians a taste of the world around them in a way they haven’t seen before.’

Josh Martin

SBS Commissioning Editor for Food, Josh Martin, described the series as ‘200 episodes of inspiration and entertainment for everyone,’ praising host Liaw’s ‘expertise and charm’ in ‘creating a lovely, inclusive space for guests to share their secrets – both personal and culinary!’

‘Food is the great unifier and The Cook Up aims to bring all Australians a taste of the world around them in a way they haven’t seen before,’ he said.

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The Cook Up will feature easy to follow recipes that celebrate a wide variety of cultures and culinary approaches, alongside quizzes, cooking tips and techniques, and a quiz to test the guests’ foodie knowledge. SBS Food’s Managing Editor, Farah Celjo, will also present two segments Following Food and Top 5’s, sharing what’s trending online in the world of food. 

Liaw said that even in his storied career as a food presenter, ‘nothing compares to The Cook Up.’

‘I can’t wait for SBS audiences to join my guests and I as we chop, chat and sauté our way through simple and delicious meals each evening,’ he said, adding, ‘The Cook Up will hopefully help Australians expand their repertoire and add some extra flavour to their home cooking.’

The Cook Up with Adam Liaw will air weeknights 7-10pm on SBS Food from Monday April 19, with repeats on SBS Food at 11am weekdays, and at 3.30pm on SBS main channel. Episodes will be available after broadcast on SBS On Demand.

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob