Mumbai : Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN) is all set to showcase the inspiring journey of three female celebrity chefs, Sarah Todd, Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Analiese Gregory as they prepare to deliver first class menus at one of Australia’s most exclusive dining events, the AO Chef Series, in ‘The Perfect Serve’. The five-episode documentary series invites viewers to take an intimate look inside the AO Chef Series, a unique and innovative pop-up dining experience in the heart of the most watched Australian sporting event in the world, The Australian Open. ‘The Perfect Serve’ will be telecast exclusively on SONY SIX channels, every Saturday at 5:00 pm with the first episode on 10th October 2020. The Perfect Serve unveils the stellar line-up of female chefs Sarah Todd, Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Analiese Gregory who headlined the AO Chef Series in 2020. TV personality, cookbook author and owner of three restaurants in India, including Antares in Goa, Sarah Todd was a favorite to win the Season 6 of MasterChef Australia and is a recognized face with Indian audiences. Thai chef and partner of Michelin Star restaurant Bo.Ian in Bangkok, Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava, is considered as one of the most celebrated and successful chefs in Asia with her commitment towards Thai food culture and heritage. She is an awardee of the Veuve Clicquot award for Best Female Chef in Asia. Songviasa has also been profiled on the 5th season of Chef’s Table. Analiese Gregory is a trailblazing chef from Tasmania, Australia and has obtained two hats in the 2019 Good Food Guide. Along with diving into the Tasmanian cuisines in Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Season Two, Gregory has also been a finalist at Chef of the Year in 2019.
Overview of the Series
As the Australian Open players set the bar with their performances on the court, celebrity chefs Sarah Todd, Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Analiese Gregory devise, source and test their menus for this luxury dining event. Heading to Bangkok, Tasmania and Mumbai, the series captures an intimate portrait of these unique female chefs as they begin the daunting preparation for the AO Chef Series in Melbourne in 2020, an event where expectations are sky high and perfection is expected.
We go behind the scenes to get a firsthand look at the culinary and logistical challenges of staging this premium event to deliver a once in a lifetime dining experience. Providing a unique insight into the high adrenaline demands of fine dining food service, we follow each chef as they navigate the high-pressure environment of a commercial kitchen in full operation and the pressure to perfect every detail of their complex degustation menus. Despite all the planning, our chefs must contend with many last-minute challenges. Back in their kitchens, recipe testing is an extensive process as they go about perfecting each recipe. Viewers in India will especially resonate with Sarah Todd’s menu which is a contemporary spin on unique Indian street food.
Front of house we experience all the glamour of the event as our chefs mingle with the guests and present their highly anticipated menus. The finale of this series will feature unexpected cameo appearances from tennis players, A-list personalities and other characters, as our chefs finally deliver what they have been working on for months.
Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India:
“The Perfect Serve is a unique program where food meets sports with compelling stories beyond the on-court action during the Australian Open. The part culinary series showcases the lifestyle essence of one of the biggest Grand Slam tournaments of the world, The Australian Open, which is home to some of the best tennis players of the world.”
Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director:
“The Perfect Serve celebrates the AO Chef Series and profiles some of the most talented women in the international food and hospitality industry. Being able to follow their preparations across Mumbai, Bangkok, Hobart and Melbourne will take the viewer right into the inner sanctum showing what it takes to deliver a premium culinary experience at the Australian Open.”
Sarah Todd, Celebrity Chef:
“I was honoured to be part of the Australian Open Chef Series in 2020. My time in India over the last six years influenced my cooking style and this was a unique opportunity to bring the two countries together with my Indian-Australian cuisine. My preparation for the menu was exciting and involved elements of Australia and India. I am so happy this was captured in the 5-part series “The Perfect Serve”. I hope you enjoy watching.”
Watch The Perfect Serve every Saturday starting from 10th October 2020, 6:00 pm onwards, exclusively on SONY SIX channels.