SBS unveils biggest-ever commission: 200 eps of The Cook Up with Adam Liaw

SBS has made its biggest commission in the broadcaster’s history: a 200 episode cooking show starring former Masterchef contestant Adam Liaw, first announced at the broadcaster’s November upfronts.

The half hour format, called The Cook Up with Adam Liaw, will premiere on Monday 19 April at 7pm, and air weeknights. In each episode, Liaw will be joined by two guests – including chefs Colin Fassnidge and Jock Zonfrillo, comedians Joel Creasey and Mark Humphries, and TV personalities Jessica Rowe and Myf Warhurst – as they cook a variety of themed dishes.

Liaw’s show will premiere next month

The confirmed guest list also features Jimmy Barnes, Christine Manfield, Katherine Sabbath, Yumi Stynes, Marc Fennell, Benjamin Law, and Kumi Taguchi.

“Today is a huge day for SBS as we celebrate The Cook Up, the biggest ever commission in our network’s history,” said SBS’s commissioning editor for food, Josh Martin.

“The series is 200 episodes of inspiration and entertainment for everyone. Adam brings his trademark expertise and charm to every frame, making all guests feel at home and creating a lovely, inclusive space for guests to share their secrets – both personal and culinary.

“Food is the great unifier and The Cook Up aims to bring all Australians a taste of the world around them in a way they haven’t seen before.”

The show features segments including Food for Thought, in which Liaw shows off his cooking tips and techniques, Food vs Truth, where he busts food myths, and a Food Fight quiz for the guests. In Following Food and Top 5s, SBS Food managing editor Farah Celjo will share trending food stories.

“I’ve been lucky enough to film some amazing food series throughout my career, but nothing compares to The Cook Up, by far the biggest project I have ever undertaken,” Liaw said.

“I can’t wait for SBS audiences to join my guests and I as we chop, chat and sauté our way through simple and delicious meals each evening. The Cook Up will hopefully help Australians expand their repertoire and add some extra flavour to their home cooking.”

The SBS original series will air at both 7pm and 10pm on weeknights, and encore on weekdays at 11am on SBS Food and 3:30pm on the broadcaster’s main channel. On Sundays, SBS Food will air a marathon of the episodes from 2pm to 4pm.


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