Pssst… hear about Truffle Confidential?
A lot of people have been experimenting more in the kitchen over the past few months. It’s potentially great news for our vegie intake – something that definitely needed a boost. But if you really want to let your culinary curiosity go wild, right now is the perfect time to get down and dirty with something extra special: truffles.
The 2020 truffle season is well underway, and so far, it’s been a bumper crop of the revered underground fungi. Customer demand for fresh truffles has also tripled in comparison to last year. Australia’s very own truffle festival – Truffle Melbourne, which is the largest truffle festival outside of Europe – has sadly been postponed for 2020. But fungi lovers can still get their truffle on with a special web series – Truffle Confidential.
Truffle Confidential brings you the very best of the truffle festival online over seven episodes, featuring some of Melbourne’s top truffle chefs who are joined by enthusiastic amateur cooks. Recipes for each episode will encourage viewers to shop for truffles ahead of time and then cook along at home.
Go treasure hunting
Truffle dog hunting demonstrations are also a popular part of the annual festival. So Truffle Confidential will bring a live truffle hunt to screens on Saturday July 25 at 2pm. Viewers will be able to join adorable truffle dogs Dora and Trixie in the truffle paddock as they cleverly guide hunt participants to the underground bounty.
The seven-part series features lots of tips, techniques and tricks for cooking with truffles. Demonstrations by chefs Jesse Gerner, Guy Grossi, Philippe Mouchel, Romu Oudeyer and Scott Pickett will show you how to make simple but exotic truffle dishes at home.
A bit of fungi fun
Truffle Confidential doesn’t take things too seriously, though. There’s a great midnight munchies “truffle your mac ’n’ cheese” session. It’s a fast-paced episode featuring Melbourne radio station 3RRR’s Cameron Smith of Eat It fame and Tyson O’Brien, AKA DJ Generik. Plus, Melbourne’s own Champagne Dame, Real Housewives’ Kyla Kirkpatrick will help explain why champagne is always a good idea… especially when it’s paired with truffles.