Tanking about Off the Eaten Track

He might be short when it comes to the height stakes but he's very tall when it comes to spruking about local produce.

Yes, I'm talking about Brisbane's favourite television food chef Alastair McLeod, who is the executive chef at both Tank in the CBD and Bretts Wharf, Hamilton.

Alastair was whipping up a verbal whirlwind on the virtues of local produce, the passion of local producers and the next season of his fabulous television series "Off the Eaten Track". Expect to see this on your television screens, Chanel 7, Saturday evenings I believe, during the the small screen's version of the festive season.

They weren't giving many secrets away yesterday but the word is this is a top rating series for Chanel 7. The team from Seven’s highly successful Great South East and Queensland Weekender programs partnered with the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation to produce the show.

Alastair said there were no secrets to the success of many of the producers he visited for the show - just that they were doing the little things exceptionally well.

We dined off a menu that included produce from Cyrstal Bay Prawns, Chalala Micro bakery, Ceas Spanner Crab, Pritchard Farms, Favco, Kevin Hunt, Yagburne Beef, Sellers Farm, Kialla Pure Foods, Country Range Farming and Symphony Hill Wines.

Here's what we ate -

Crispy prawns, chilli, garlic, bonito mayonnaise
Roasted scallops, spanner crabs, assorted pickles

Peppered cap of rib fillet, shittake, sweet potato
Tropical fruit, ginger granita, vanilla ice cream