The Perfect Serve x Sarah Todd

By Our Reporter
Sarah Todd who will be one of the star chefs at the AO Chef Series at the 2020 Australian Open // Photo: Hannah Caldwell

The Australian Open is the grand slam of the Asia-Pacific region and one of the most prominent sporting events globally. Over recent years the event has had a focus on food and hospitality, delivering some wonderful and diverse food experiences and the AO Chef Series has developed into one of the key experiences for tennis fans. The Perfect Serve follows three all-star female Australian chefs—Sarah Todd, Analiese Gregory, and Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava—as they take on one of Australia’s most prestigious culinary events: The AO Chef Series 2020.

In this five-part documentary series airing exclusively this Saturday, 14th November on Channel 9 at 4pm, Australian viewers will get to know the faces behind the food and discover how each chef’s distinct background has shaped their culinary approach. Filmed over 100 days, and shot in 4 cities including Mumbai, Bangkok, Hobart and Melbourne the series follows each chef’s journey across different countries, cultures and cuisine, as each of these incredible chefs give their all to serve the perfect five-course menu at Australian Open 2020. Trailer preview here.

Sarah Todd // Photo: Hannah Caldwell

As the Australian Open players set the bar with their performances on the court, celebrity chefs Sarah Todd, Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Analiese Gregory devise, source and test their menus for this luxury dining event. Heading to Bangkok, Tasmania and Mumbai, the series captures an intimate portrait of these unique female chefs as they begin the daunting preparation for the AO Chef Series in Melbourne in 2020, an event where expectations are sky high and perfection is expected.

The series goes behind the scenes to get a firsthand look at the culinary and logistical challenges of staging this premium event to deliver a once in a lifetime dining experience. Providing a unique insight into the high adrenaline demands of fine dining food service, we follow each chef as they navigate the high-pressure environment of a commercial kitchen in full operation and the pressure to perfect every detail of their complex degustation menus. Despite all the planning, our chefs must contend with many last-minute challenges. Back in their kitchens, recipe testing is an extensive process as they go about perfecting each recipe. Indian viewers will especially resonate with Sarah Todd’s menu which is a contemporary spin on unique Indian street food.

Photo: Hannah Caldwell

Front of house we experience all the glamour of the event as our chefs mingle with the guests and present their highly anticipated menus. The finale of this series will feature unexpected cameo appearances from tennis players, A-list personalities, and other characters, as our chefs finally deliver what they have been working on for months.

Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director said, “The Perfect Serve celebrates the AO Chef Series and profiles some of the most talented women in the international food and hospitality industry. Being able to follow their preparations across Mumbai, Bangkok, Hobart and Melbourne will take the viewer right into the inner sanctum showing what it takes to deliver a premium culinary experience at the Australian Open.”

Sarah Todd, said, “I was honoured to be part of the Australian Open Chef Series in 2020. My time in India over the last six years influenced my cooking style and this was a unique opportunity to bring the two countries together with my Indian-Australian cuisine. My preparation for the menu was exciting and involved elements of Australia and India. I am so happy this was captured in the 5-part series, The Perfect Serve. I hope you enjoy watching.”

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