Celeb chef dramedy for ABC

Screen Australia has announced one television drama and two online projects are amongst a pool of $3.5 million in production funding.

Yes, Chef! is a new six-part dramedy series for the ABC from Closer Productions.

It follows a notorious celebrity chef who is forced to flee to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills after his latest outburst goes viral. But when he forms an unlikely business partnership with his 18-year-old pastry prodigy niece, he must learn to navigate a whole new world order – except old habits die hard.

The creative team includes creator / writer / executive producer Julie De Fina, creator / writer / producer Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man), producers Rebecca Summerton (The Hunting) and Erik Thomson, along with writers Matthew Vesely (F***ing Adelaide) and Jodie Molloy (TVNZ’s Agent Anna). This project is financed with support from the South Australian Film Corporation.

Two emerging teams are also funded for online projects, Amazing Grace series 2 and Sonia & Cherry.

Yes, Chef!
6 x 30 mins
Closer Productions Pty Ltd
Genre Drama, Comedy
Writers Julie De Fina, Matthew Bate, Matthew Vesely, Jodie Molloy
Producers Rebecca Summerton, Matthew Bate, Erik Thomson
Executive Producer Julie De Fina
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis When his latest outburst goes viral, volatile celebrity chef Easton West flees back to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills and tries to reinvent himself through an unlikely partnership with his 18 year-old pastry wunderkind niece.

Amazing Grace 2
5 x 10 mins
JAM Productions Pty Ltd (t/a Trumoney Films)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Julie Money
Writers Grace Truman, Julie Money
Producer Julie Money
Platform Facebook and other platforms
Synopsis Hi I’m Grace. When I was ten my Dad died. Now whenever I get stuck I think about what he would do. It helps.

Sonia & Cherry
7 x 6 mins
Cloudberry Films Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy
Writer/Director Victoria Thaine
Producer Naomi Mulholland
Executive Producers Naomi Mulholland, Victoria Thaine
Platform Facebook/YouTube
Synopsis Sonia and Cherry is an odd-couple comedy about best friends who think they know each other, until they become Mums.


  1. Sounds a bit like the chef storyline from 800 Words ?
    But I’ll watch anything with Erik Thomson, and being commercial free on the ABC, and set in Adelaide Hills adds appeal for me.

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