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

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