Goanna stew is on TV menu
21 March 2006
Northern Territory News/Sunday Territorian
STEWED goanna, kangaroo tail with Kakadu plums and barra in paperbark aren't on
the menu at most restaurants.
But the bush dishes could be the latest culinary craze to appear on TV
Territory chef Steve Sunk is set to be the subject of a new cooking show featuring food from Top End bush communities.
The master chef, who has been teaching cookery at communities for 10 years, has
just finished a book about the bush diet. He got the name "Walalma" or "Walkabout Chef" from his frequent bush trips to hold classes.
Now the NT Film Office will give Darwin production company Simon Says TV a $4500 provisional grant to get Steve on the air.
The company is looking for corporate funding to make the series, which would
feature Steve and traditional owners from various communities showing trainees
how to find, hunt and cook bush food.
"I don't suggest we all go crazy and start getting goannas," Steve
said. "But I want to show people how we can value-add to the food people eat in communities
and give them an idea about bush life."
Other NT documentary film projects, Kanyini, about Aboriginal leader
Bob Randall and Shadows of Uluru, by filmmaker David Curl, also received funding.