This week on Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery the guest is celebrity chef Matt Moran, who visits the first kitchen he ever worked in -the Parramatta RSL.
Matt Moran’s path from school drop-out to celebrity chef and TV presenter is a testament to his drive and ambition. Julia meets Matt in the kitchen of his iconic restaurant, Aria, and from there they travel to his former home in Seven Hills in Sydney’s west.
The Moran family had moved to suburbia after they were forced to sell the family farm. It was a major blow for the Morans and for young Matt who had thrived as a little boy on the land.
Never really settling into any kind of academic routine Matt says he hated school and was often in trouble. So when they visit Seven Hills Sports High – formally the rough and tumble Grantham, his memories are anything but happy. Matt recounts the time a teacher told him he would never amount to anything. He says he even failed home economics.
Matt and Julia then visit the first kitchen he ever worked in at the Parramatta RSL where his hope was to one day being promoted to man the deep fryers. He recalls how he convinced the owner of a top French restaurant to give him a go and how he fell in love with food and cooking.
Matt’s talent and competitive streak saw him become head chef in a very short time and he was running his very own restaurant at 22. He talks about the year that Aria was downgraded by the all-important Good Food Guide and explains how it ultimately helped him build his successful food empire.
When Matt tells Julia of his secret desire to act, she puts him through his paces as they act out a ‘break up’ scene.
Under the gum trees in Parramatta Park, he tells Julia how his childhood shaped the way he raises his two kids, and of the joy he feels when they spend time with his father, who is now back on the land.
9pm Wednesday ABC.