Airdate: Aftertaste

Erik Thomson stars as a celebrity chef who heads home after falling from grace in ABC's new comedy.


Six-part ABC comedy Aftertaste, starring Erik Thomson, is coming to ABC in early February.

Thomson stars as a celebrity chef who heads home after falling from grace.

Filmed in Adelaide, it also features newcomer Natalie Abbott lead an impressive line-up of stars, including Rachel Griffiths, Wayne Blair, Susan Prior, Peter Carroll and Remy Hii.

Having burned all his bridges in restaurants across Europe, volatile celebrity chef Easton West (Erik Thomson) finds himself with one more chance in a high-end Shanghai restaurant. But when opening night turns into a pig-slinging disaster, the subsequent social media tsunami washes Easton ashore in the Adelaide Hills.

Arriving like a pariah to a dysfunctional family he abandoned 30 years previously, he finds his outspoken 19-year-old pastry cook niece, Diana (Natalie Abbott), is the only person who shows any interest in his return. Diana represents everything he’s not – young, female and with her finger on the pulse – so Easton takes her under his wing in an effort to crawl his way back to relevance.

Together, Easton and Diana set off on their quest to create Australia’s next great restaurant. But with no money, an anger management problem, and a volatile family literally built upon the skeletons of the past, Easton West is going to find his comeback a little more difficult than he thought.

Production credits: A Closer production with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and financed with support from the ABC. Producers: Rebecca Summerton and Erik Thomson. Co-producer Matthew Bate. Executive Producers: Julie De Fina and Rachel Griffiths. ABC Executive Producer: Rebecca Anderson. International Distributor ABC Commercial.

Wednesday February 3rd at 9pm on ABC.

5 Responses

  1. Kitchen comedy or chef’s capers? Gordon Ramsay said “The problem with doing a comedy about chefs and restaurants is that the real thing does it so much better.” Whites (2010) with Alan Davies never quite found the right recipe.
    The trailer has whetted my appetite so I’ll try a spoonful or two.

    1. Agree. Alan Davies’ Whites failed to hit the mark, despite loving him in Jonathan Creek. I do hope that Aftertaste hits the mark. I’ll give it a watch due to the great cast and looks promising.

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