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ONE of Australia’s most successful, recognised and renowned chefs will soon be lighting up our TV screens.

After some speculation about who would be starring in Seven’s upcoming reality show, Neil Perry — the chef recognised around the country from his Rockpool renown (and his enduring, signature ponytail) — will be the main attraction onRestaurant Revolution.

Perry is one of the busiest and most in demand names on the food front.

His Rockpool and Spice Temple restaurants in Sydney and Rosetta in Melbourne’s Crown keep him busy enough. But his ongoing Qantas association, which sees his Rockpool Consulting group look after every aspect of the national carrier’s in-flight and lounge food all over the world, is a mega job on its own.

While a big TV role hasn’t been a huge priority — his Food Source and Rockpool Sessions series on the Lifestyle channel were well received — the father-of-three says he has been asked numerous times to become involved in other TV series but said he loved the idea of the ‘mentoring’ aspect of the upcoming channel Seven show.

“I really love the teaching aspect and watching people see and find out what it is like to create a restaurant from the ground up,” said Perry.

Neil was thrilled to talk about his new role after he had taken time from his crazy schedule to cook up a four course fresh extravaganza for guests who had flown to Hamilton Island.

The island’s award-winning resort, Qualia, was celebrating the fact Qantas made its inaugural ‘new’ flight to the isle out of Melbourne.

The concept of Restaurant Revolution involves a series of pop-up restaurants that are being constructed across the country for the latest reality show.

While contestants are already cast, the network is still looking for staff to fill the kitchen.

“Each team will be looking for different things,” said the show’s host Jock Zonfrilloof the jobs on offer when he recently spoke to news.com.au.

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Ted 2 review: ‘Crude, crass, sexist, but I loved it’

IT is crude, sexually explicit, crass, bad-taste, sexist, stupid, drug-fuelled and full of schoolboy/loo/appendage humour.

So if you can’t cope with any of those, or seeing Mark Wahlberg soaked in rejected sperm, you’d better not see Ted 2. Note to all: this is not a cutesy, school holidays kiddie movie.

But what else can we expect from the fast-paced mind of Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the crassly clever Family Guy franchise?

OK, so the plot. (Yes, there actually is one.) The newly married couple of Ted (the talking bear) and trash-talking Tami-Lynn (supermarket assistant) are having marriage issues.

They conclude that by having, well, adopting a baby, that will fix everything up. But when you are living life as a stuffed toy, things get tricky.

In order to qualify to be a parent in the state of Massachusetts, teddy bear Ted has to ‘prove’ he’s a person in a court of law. Along with his best friend Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) and newbie lawyer Samantha L Jackson played by Amanda Seyfried (and referred to as Gollum throughout the film) they set out to make it a mega legal issue.

Ted starts to liken their plight to the struggle of gay and lesbians to be ‘legally’ married.

Enter a highly publicised courtroom drama, an accidental visit to Comic-Con in New York, a discovery of a huge pot farm and so it goes.

The likes of Liam Neeson, Jay Leno, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and magnificent Morgan Freeman all have cameos, most of which I’m pretty sure they just do as a dare. Or as a favour to Seth MacFarlane.

At times, the political incorrectness and simply bad taste of it all has you closing your eyes and cringing in total embarrassment.

The most cringe worthy and irreverent scene comes when Ted and Johnny accidentally walk into an improv theatre just as the onstage talent ask the audience for improv suggestions.

Ted and Johnny yell out Robin Williams, 9/11, Charlie Hedbro and Bill Cosby. At this point, you could just about feel and hear the whole theatre squirming at the Aussie premiere.

And when Ted and Johnny attempt to break into Tom Brady’s house to ‘milk’ him for sperm? That’s really when my popcorn nearly exploded.

That said, you may wonder whether there is enough fuel in the Ted engine for a Ted 3. While we laughed, yes, really belly laughed, Ted may have done his cinematic dash after this one.

I mean, (spoiler alert here) after the high flying and credible civil rights attorney Morgan Freeman successfully defends Ted; the bear and his bride adopt a baby and Johnny ends up with the Gollum-looking lawyer, where do you go from here?

But then, with a menacing mind like MacFarlane’s behind the Ted franchise, I’m pretty sure he could still take him to further places unknown.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


Jodhi, James and Mariah: The bizarre love triangle where everyone wins

OPINION

THIS time of the year, the sunny, social, cashed-up and sexy Mediterranean is the land of the long, white boat.

High-flyers, Russian oligarchs and occasional wannabes twirl around Sardinia, the Italian Riviera’s Portofino, the Amalfi and take a few trips onto the Isle of Capri for dinner at Ristorante La Fontelina. But one incredibly high-profile blossoming romance will continue to have the business and entertainment worlds buzzing this (northern hemisphere) summer.

Our very own James Packer, 47, and the sultry songstress and pop star Mariah Carey, 45, have outshone any mega boat on the Med’s waters.

And you know what? Good. On. Them.

Even James’s first wife, the dynamic Jodhi Meares (on holidays with her birthdaying mum and family in Italy) has given the beaming pair a thumbs-up. Jodhi posted a pic of the tanned troika on her Instagram feed taken on James’s boat, the Arctic P, with the simple word, Amore. Complete with love heart emojis.

And yes, gossip commentary theorists are trying hard to rationale the Packer-Carey hook-up.

Some are saying it is a huge PR campaign for casino king James to bolster his cred in Las Vegas, where Ms Carey happens to have a residency at Caesar’s Palace. Or to bolster interest in a Christmas film starring Mariah that RatPac, the company James has with Brett Ratner, is making.

Either way, couldn’t it all just be a bit simpler? Like boy meetsgirl. Girl and boy get on together. And then, the show goes on?

No matter the who, what, why and where, the fact the notoriously publicity-shy James looked as happy as a pig in, as he wandered the cobbled streets of Capri, and that he even allowed Jodhi to post an Instagram snap of the happy troika says something.

Jodhi has kept up a very strong bond with James, their connection continuing through any relationship issues she has had while he has always supported her businesses, including her most recent fitness label, The Upside. How many people continue that kind of connection with their ex?

The same with Erica Packer, with whom James shares three divine little people, Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle.

Maybe it’s time just to allow these two loved-up peeps, who happen to be high profile and happen to be very rich, to have a mad ole time together, whether it last three weeks, three months, three years or 30 years.

While the pair reportedly met in Aspen, Colorado, at the chic Little Nell Residences, and were introduced to each other by video director producer Brett Ratner, their particular lives may actually be perfect for each other.

Both travel (a lot); both have young families (Mariah has four-year-old twins); both have had marriage setbacks; both are leaders in their fields; and both are used to life on the road, albeit a fairly glossy, up-market, six-star life on the road.

The time has come for even more celebs and their entourages to descend on the Med and hurtle their vessels up and across to the South of France to the picturesque annex of St Tropez or down to Mykonos.

And while money and boat size is king, this latest romance is only going to get only more attention.

And to those who think it is all some sinister marketing ploy at play, lighten up! Who cares?

Isn’t it just nice not to see James rumbling on the footpath with his great pal David Gyngell and looking like the cat who got the cream.

Let’s face it, after many, many years dealing with it, I’m pretty sure Mr Packer and Ms Carey know exactly how to play and handle the media.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


Ian Thorpe part of the country’s Fab 400, gathered to raise a mega $1.4m for sick kids

GOLD is a colour Ian Thorpie is used to in his life.

But this time Thorpie chose to go for gold in a philanthropic sense, lending his support, profile and star power to the country’s most prestigious fundraising event for sick kids.

The $1500 per head event had more than 400 invited guests gather to celebrate the 18th Annual Gold Dinner in support of the sick kids at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

In grand ‘Gold Dinner’ style, the landmark building was transformed for the evening, spectacularly ‘wallpapered’ in 10 metre high heritage panoramic wallpaper depicting the voyages of Captain Cook.

The images, Les Sauvages de la mer Pacifique, were a gift from the National Gallery of Australia to the hospital to facilitate an extraordinary art installation that was directed by Tony Assness.

With a guest list featuring a who’s who, the Gold Dinner has raised more than $18 million during the past 17 years and now has just about hit the $20 million mark.

Funds raised from this year’s event will provide new Fellowships in four specialised areas of paediatric medicine during the next two years: Pain and Palliative Care, General Surgery, Oncology and Emergency.

A Fellowship is awarded competitively to a doctor already extensively trained in pediatrics, who elects to enter further specialised training in a particular field of paediatric medicine.

This year’s event attracted a stellar crowd including John Symond and Amber Keating, Skye Leckie, Sarah and Robby Ingham, Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell, Scott and Alina Barlow, Justin Miller, Tom and Hoda Waterhouse, Neil and Sam Perry and Clare Paspaley.

There was also Kirsten Carriol and Jean Marc Carriol, Kirsten and Brad Dale, Philip Corne, Nicky and Troy Tindill, Deborah Symond and her brother Stephen Symond.

Meanwhile, the night was hosted by Channel 9’s Allison Langdon and Cameron Williams.

Guests sipped on an antipodean-inspired menu specially designed and donated by Matt Moran and his team at Aria Catering, complemented with drinks by Bollinger and Lion and bid on money-can’t-buy prizes from supporters like Louis Vuitton, Paspaley, One & Only Resorts and Etihad, auctioned by the inimitable Justin Miller.

Gold Dinner committee co-chairs Nikki McCullagh and Chrissy Comino, alongside Gold Dinner Ambassadors Skye Leckie and Lucy Turnbull led the committee to put together the annual event.

The Gold Dinner committee included Alina Barlow, Roslyn Hakim, Rachelle Hofbauer, Sara Lane, Wallis Graham, Vogue’s Edwina McCann and Adriana Weiss while corporate ambassadors, Laing & Simmons Double Bay and Bondi Beach, One & Only and Servcorp were pleased with the funds raised on the night.

The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Leanne Warner: “Our Fellowship Program identifies and nurtures excellence, education, vision and innovation and acts as a springboard for Australia’s brightest and best doctors to specialise in their chosen field,’’ she said.

“Fellows deliver immediate clinical impact to their Departments, drive research projects and help to keep our Hospital performing at the highest levels. An investment in our Fellowship Program creates a lasting legacy for the future of children’s healthcare.”

Great, gold stuff all around!

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The genius idea to stop us binge drinking

GOING from fashions on the field to falling over drunk at the end of the day, shoes in hand seems like a pretty typical day at the races.

But the days of having a few too many might be over, if the principal behind a sold-out event in New York takes off.

Polo-loving New Yorkers gathered over the weekend to enjoy the 8th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo in the Park — with the star-studded crowd enjoying the perfect blue skies.

But the end of the day was just as classy as the beginning, with attendees limited to five drinks.

So how does it work? Guests were given a choice of either ‘buying’ a bottle of champagne or given a wrist band that would allow them to purchase just five glasses of bubbles as the long and hot day progressed.

As event co-hosts, leading Argentinian polo player Nacho Figueras and Veuve Clicquot’s Vanessa Kay welcomed 8000 summer-decked out guests to the Park for the Polo Classic.

With amazing views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty serving as the backdrop, guests enjoyed the afternoon complete with a fast-paced polo match, the season’s most stylish fashions and of course, French bubbles.

Always a star-studded event, the Polo Classic was attended by celebrities including Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson, 50 Cent, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Freida Pinto, and Aussie born model Andreja Pecik.

Team Black Watch beat Team Veuve Clicquot 10-7 with Nacho Figueras winning MVP.

In addition to the polo match, the day’s highlights included Girls star and Broadway performer Andrew Rannells’ crowd-pleasing rendition of the National Anthem, the ceremonial ball toss thrown in by Frieda Pinto to kick off the match, Emma Roberts and Joan Smalls stomping the divots during half-time, and bold-faced names having fun on the dance floor listening to the beats of DJ Nikki Pennie.

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