Paddock To Plate

Episode Guide

Seafood Spectacular, Great Ocean Road

Series 1 · Episode 4

It’s Matt’s fourth week in Victoria and he heads south to discover the spectacular Great Ocean Road, the Bellarine Peninsula and Otway forest.

Matt goes to Port Arlington to board the Sea Bounty and meet Lance Wiffen, the most famous mussel farmer in Australia – harvesting 45-million mussels per year. After learning how to farm for mussels Matt cooks on board the boat, a pot of garlic and chilli mussels for Lance and his sons.

His next stop is to a farm with over 3000 Ostriches to get his hands on some big birds. Matt learns how big they actually are in the flesh but how strong their eggs are too. After helping to weigh a big girl bird that’s 150-kilos he BBQs some of their red meat. This isn’t just Matt’s first visit to an Ostrich farm, it‘s the first time he’s cooking and tasting them too.

It’s a bitter cold day in south-east Victoria and Matt heads to Yeo to meet an organic farmer named Joe Scro. He’s renowned for his organic produce because he grows everything from scratch. Matt’s in his element, riding around the farm on quad bikes and picking an array of baby vegies from the wormy ground. Along the way they exchange cooking tips for growing greens tips.

In his final day in the region the weather has turned wet but that doesn’t stop Matt from getting back on the water to fish for ingredients for his feast. King George Whiting is on the menu – Matt’s favourite fish – so he meets Jerka, a third-generation fisherman, who knows how to find them.

There’s one final ingredient for the feast that tests Matt’s resolve, Abalone and he has to dive into the deep at dusk to get them. He’s only dived twice in his life and has a paralysing fear of sharks. Will he be able to face them to grab his hero ingredient for a feast for the Mayor of Queenscliff and her special guests who are celebrating the borough’s 150-year birthday?

  • Mussel Farming Facts

    from Paddock To Plate

    Aquaculture (including mussel farming) is currently the fastest growing primary-production sector in Australia. Farming of the Blue Mussel occurs in all states except Queensland and the Northern Territory with Victoria being the largest producer of mussels in Australia.

 
 

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Loving the show and can't wait for the next episode. Of course it helps that the delectable, delish Matt Moran is finally given his own show. Well done lifestyle for finally putting on more Aussie foodies. We do have our own food heros with the likes of Matt Moran, Tetsyua, Kylie Kwon, Luke Nygen, Shannon Bennet, Peter Gilmore, etc and other not so well known chefs who have something to say & eductae like the fabulous Paul from River Cottage Australia. Maeve O'meara, The Cook and the Chef duo.. Why oh why do we have so many o/s shows when we have such a wealth of fabulous people here