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Luke Nguyen Vietnam Australian show

Thought the first episode was brilliant. Great look into the culture and great food. Think No reservations with a more insightful chef (not to knock AB as I do love him) just thought it was a better mix.

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  1. chris2269, you always have the best leads and I'm hoping you have a link to match! I really enjoy Luke Nguyen.

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    1. re: HillJ

      The site I use is called http://www.downundertv.net/ you have to use torrents which I know for some is a new thing. I do not pirate Music or movies but I have not owned a TV for 3 years and watch a lot of AU and NZ shows thanks to this site. My torrent client is Bit torrent which I like.

    2. Oh, it always excites me when other people get excited by Australian talent. We have some incredible chefs and cooks over here, that often don't get recognised outside of our country. So glad you've hooked on to Luke Nguyen, he is absolutely wonderful.

      1. I'm going to have to watch this--I love Luke Nguyen on cooking channel! Thanks for sharing.

        1. Where has the show gone! I miss Luke, I really enjoyed his cooking and the people he highlighted. There was another cooking show from Australian, is was a female chef/restaurant owener who cooked Chinese. Her food looked awesome! Both shows were very interesting, not the "boxed" version of cooking shows we have now.

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          1. re: kpaumer

            Do you mean Kylie Kwong? She is awesome!

            1. re: TheHuntress

              Yes! That's her, she was great, The lady really knew how to work a cleaver. The show itself was slow paced and had almost a calming effect, sort of the "feng shui" of cooking shows.

          2. I'd have to agree that I really love his show and that he's very insightful (plus he actually cooks which is nice) and thanks for the link. It's too hard to randomly come across his show on Cooking Channel, I'll have to get my SO to show me how to download his shows. Do you know if the Kylie Kwong shows are also on there? I like her way better than Ching Li.

              1. I have just "discovered" Luke's shows through Itunes - his France series is airing here in Australia now. He is a really likeable presenter. I had to hunt down his other shows once I had seen my first episode (there are now 4 other seasons that he has done now, since the OP was made)

                Other Australian presenters you might like, besides the ones already mentioned are Peter Kuruvita (Sri Lanka, Pacific Islands), and Adam Liaw (Japan). They follow similar formats.

                Poh's Kitchen (Poh Ling Yeow), Food Safari (Maeve O'Meara) and The Cook and the Chef (Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant) are more Australian focused but are also very enjoyable. If you haven't discovered them already, they are really worth a look. I think you can find much of the content on YouTube.

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                1. re: ursy_ten

                  Thanks for the recs! I swear, some of the best food shows and magazines come from Australia. I'll have a look at the shows you mentioned :)

                2. A lot of the Luke Nguyen shows are now on Youtube.


                  I think he's terrific.

                  1. This little chat about Luke Nguyen just inspired me to order order his book:
                    I'll report back on it :)

                    1. Also "The Gourmet Farmer" who's actually in Tasmania but it's from SBS, and "River Cottage Australia."

                      Love, love, love the shows from Oz/Tas. I lived in Singapore for a time and they aired some there too.

                      Bill Granger's show used to be on Cooking Channel.

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                      1. re: sandiasingh

                        It's a totally different style, but Curtis Stone's Take Home Chef is also good.
                        I suspect most US Top Chef viewers think he's just the beefcake to match Padma.

                      2. What network's it on? I've always liked Luke Nguyen a lot.

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                        1. re: EWSflash

                          I think it's SBS in Australia. I don't know what network in the U.S. but I've been getting them from iTunes (but I have no idea if iTunes is different between countries)

                        2. Saw his Vietnam series before and am now half way through his 'Greater Mekong' series. Both are fab! He's a natural presenter and I like how he just squats on the pavement or a flooded rice field and cooks up a storm.

                          I recognise many places in the Greater Mekong series from my own travels. He has good researchers and contacts.