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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 The Cooks
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The Cooks, a 13-part series made for Network Ten, centres on the relationships between the staff of rival restaurants. The series first went into production in October 2003 after the screening of the telemovie Temptation, on which it is based, in August. Episode one was screened on Network Ten 18 October 2004. Only one season of the series was produced, the final episode was screened 2 July 2005. The series was also screened in Canada.

'The Cooks begins with the return of Gabe Francobelli (Toby Schmitz) a young hot-shot chef who comes back to Sydney's inner-west after a year away working in the top kitchens of Europe. Gabe is shocked to find his family restaurant has closed down, having lost the battle to rival restaurant "R & R" run by Rita (Rhondda Findleton) and Gabe's former classmate and lover Ruth (Kate Atkinson). With help from two of his best mates Sachin (Nicholas Brown) and Dishpig (Leon Ford), Gabe reinvents his family restaurant renaming it "Snatch and Grab" and throws down the gauntlet to the girls. The battle of the restaurants begins: Classmate vs Classmate. Lover vs Lover. Boys vs Girls.'

Source: Network Ten publicity, October 16, 2003 (Sighted 27/01/12)


  • Award winning and individually published episodes in this series are included on AustLit.
  • Bad publicity preceded the broadcast:

    'Foxtel's director of television Brian Walsh, a big investor in the drama, said he was disappointed with the final product, doubted it would be a commercial success and swore off another drama project with Ten...The scheduling so late in the year for The Cooks means it will screen partly in a non-ratings period. Ten doesn't seem to have much faith in it either.'
    Source: Meade, Amanda. 'Cooks in a stew' The Australian. September 30, 2004


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form y separately published work icon Honey and Wounds Blake Ayshford , Australia : Chapman Pictures Network Ten , 2005 Z1363045 2003 single work film/TV Food, and the creative souls who aspire to make it, are at the heart of the drama The Cooks, a 13-part series made for Network Ten that is, in part, about a pair of rival restaurants. Australia : Chapman Pictures Network Ten , 2005

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First known date: 2004
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