Mornington Peninsula Magazine loves My Kitchen Rules and this time around viewers are in for a treat. Our Peninsula truffle industry is growing and what better way to celebrate than to have a quick word with the two truffle-farming Tasmanians who are about to hit the road on this trail-blazing show.
Brother and sister Henry and Anna are back by popular demand and will be opening the first instant restaurant of group two. Living on the family’s truffle farm in Tasmania, the two have set their sights on growing their business and opening a shop/café at the farm. There’s truffle hunts, truffle products and of course a truffle menu to enjoy in the works, and for Peninsula people who love a bit of truffle oil, truffle gin or vodka (Bass & Flinders Distillery), or those who have been on a truffle hunt with Red Hill Truffles, this season is not to be missed.
“Last season Damo and Caz gave us a quick visit to buy some truffles for their instant restaurant,” says Henry, who has a Bachelor of Agriculture. “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t attract a little bit of attention. She got me into this,” he laughs. The siblings agree that they’re not the most experienced cooks but are looking forward to giving it a go. Anna jokes: “If we can put out three courses and no one vomits, no one cries and I don’t chop a finger off or break anything, it’ll be a good night.”
“We’re born and bred country kids,” continues Henry. “We’ve grown up with simple food and that’s what we’re going to serve.”
For anyone who knows something about truffles, farming them is by no means simple. They start growing here in the ground in the first week of December and don’t ripen until the beginning of June. There’s the PH levels in the soil to consider, the right trees to plant and foster (it takes years before a tree will produce its first truffle) and then you’ve got to find them beneath the soil. That’s where a truffle dog comes in. You can see why they sometimes sell for thousands of dollars.
“We really want to showcase our love of truffles and how proud we are of what Mum and Dad have created,” adds Anna. “We’re so lucky to have grown up on a truffle farm. It’s very special to us.”
“To experience something like this with your sister and best mate is once in a lifetime,” says Henry, who wants to cook fresh and healthy, hearty food on the show. His favourite meal is a good steak with truffle mash and vegies, while Anna goes for truffled scrambled eggs.
Join Pete Evans, Manu Feildel, Mount Martha holidaying guest judge Liz Egan, Karen Martini and Guy Grossi in MKR’s ninth season on Channel 7. There’s a new elimination process, super-sized instant restaurants, and Colin Fassnidge is on board too.
Get ready to rumble, people – it’s truffle time.