A clash of tongs: TV rivals battle it out on the barbie

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Karl Stefanovic
November 13, 2008

There's nothing more exciting than a battle between long-term rivals; better still when the fight is between two of the nation's favourite television personalities. Add to the mix a couple of barbecues, some delicious meat and seafood and a top chef to oversee proceedings, and you have entertainment at its best!

Such was the flavour of events yesterday, as Channel Nine's Karl Stefanovic and Seven's Mark Beretta donned their barbecue aprons and rolled up their sleeves all in the name of their favourite children's charities.

Under the watchful eye of top Aussie chef Ben O'Donoghue, our favourite men of morning television cooked up their most treasured recipes and revealed some impressive barbie tips in attempts to prove themselves the best barbecuer of breakfast TV.

Supervising the 'barbecue-off' alongside Ben O'Donoghue, and offering top tips on wine and food matching was Penfolds winemaker Tom Riley who recommended some popular Koonunga Hill varieties to serve up alongside the mouth-watering dishes. See what he had to say here.

On the menu

Karl cooked up a storm with his family's traditional 'surf and turf' dish of eye fillet with king prawns, while Mark skillfully prepared his recipe of zesty lamb cutlets. But at the end of the day judgement fell to the culinary expert on the scene, Ben O'Donoghue, who found much to commend in both men's handiwork. But who would be declared the best barbecuer? The decision was never going to be an easy one. Click here to find out what happened...

Barbecue recipes from the event

What do you think makes a great barbecuer? Tell us below...

More inspiration

Quail with cherriesQuail with cherriesHere's an interesting fact: "quail" is actually the name for dozens of different species of birds as opposed to just one. I did not previously know that. I was surprised to find this out but then... Beetroot and feta salad with crispy sageBeetroot and feta salad with crispy sageThere are few things more satisfying than getting your hands stained a bright fuchsia by the common garden beet. Almost every country in the world has their very own recipe for this earthy vegetable... Kuku sabzi, the Persian omeletteKuku sabzi, the Persian omeletteThank the world that Middle Eastern food is starting to push its way in front of the monotonous burger and chicken wing takeaways that occupy every main street in the land. I'm not talking about...
advertisement
Get great recipes on your mobile wherever you are.