The Sydney Royal Easter Show is well known for its many rides, showbags, and carnival attractions; however, at its core it is an opportunity for the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) to proudly highlight the amazing products Australia’s agricultural side has to offer. One of the features of my time at the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year was attending a ‘Talk & Taste’ session at the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome. Here we were presented with a sample of freshly cooked Australian wagyu beef and entertained by the story of its journey from farm to table. The presenter was none other than Ed Halmagyi, more commonly known by his nickname ‘Fast Ed’.
Ed presents himself as a back-to-basics chef on the Friday night classic ‘Better Homes and Gardens’, but at the Sydney Royal Easter Show we caught a glimpse of his deep knowledge and passion for Australian produce. As a judge of the prestigious RAS President’s Medal, and with culinary experience of over 20 years, Ed was more than qualified to share with us the vast details and secrets of how Australian farmers produce, prepare, and cook the beef which we were eating.
After the excellent session, my producer and I were lucky enough to catch up with Ed for an interview about the ‘Talk and Taste’ session and his opinions on Australian produce. We discussed the role of Australia in the global food industry, and how important Australian agriculture is for its country. A snippet of that chat can be found below: