Kitchen Cabinet (TV series)

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Kitchen Cabinet is a TV program[1] in Australia on the ABC, hosted by Annabel Crabb.

Format[edit]

The format is an informal interview program with Australian politicians over a meal prepared by both Crabb and her guest, normally in their home. Crabb brings a dessert and the guest provides their choice of main meal. It is in the 30-minute format.

On several occasions, there have been two guests, typically with one being a self-confessed non-cook who brings in a helper. Crabb chats with the guest(s) during the preparation, and the meal while they eat.

Crabb's being pescotarian has meant that on some occasions the protein for her has been fish-based. Her food preference has also been a factor in her preparation of the desserts.

The show has received mostly positive reviews.[2][3]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Guest Original air date
1 1 "Christopher Pyne and Amanda Vanstone" 22 February 2012 (2012-02-22)
2 2 "Nigel Scullion" 29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)
3 3 "Penny Wong" 7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
4 4 "Julie Bishop" 14 March 2012 (2012-03-14)
5 5 "Tanya Plibersek" 21 March 2012 (2012-03-21)
6 6 "Dick Adams" 28 March 2012 (2012-03-28)

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Guest Original air date
7 1 "Joe Hockey" 10 October 2012 (2012-10-10)
8 2 "Bronwyn Bishop" 17 October 2012 (2012-10-17)
9 3 "Peter Garrett" 24 October 2012 (2012-10-24)
10 4 "Barnaby Joyce" 31 October 2012 (2012-10-31)
11 5 "Louise Pratt" 7 November 2012 (2012-11-07)
12 6 "Christine Milne" 14 November 2012 (2012-11-14)

Season 3 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Guest Original air date
13 1 "Malcolm Turnbull" 2 July 2013 (2013-07-02)
14 2 "Craig Emerson" 9 July 2013 (2013-07-09)
15 3 "Nick Xenophon" 16 July 2013 (2013-07-16)
16 4 "Jenny Macklin" 23 July 2013 (2013-07-23)
17 5 "Sussan Ley and Bill Heffernan" 30 July 2013 (2013-07-30)
18 6 "Doug Cameron" 6 August 2013 (2013-08-06)
19 7 "Tony Abbott" 4 September 2013 (2013-09-04)
20 8 "Kevin Rudd" 5 September 2013 (2013-09-05)

Season 4 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Guest Original air date
21 1 "Bob Hawke" 21 October 2014 (2014-10-21)
22 2 "Andrew Robb and Mary Jo Fisher" 28 October 2014 (2014-10-28)
23 3 "Bill Shorten" 4 November 2014 (2014-11-04)
24 4 "Mathias Cormann" 11 November 2014 (2014-11-11)
25 5 "Anna Burke" 9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)
26 6 "Warren Entsch" 25 November 2014 (2014-11-25)
27 7 "Clive Palmer" 2 December 2014 (2014-12-02)


Season 5 (2015)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Guest Original air date
28 1 "Scott Morrison" 28 October 2015 (2015-10-28)
29 2 "Anthony Albanese and Christopher Pyne" 4 November 2015 (2015-11-04)
30 3 "Ricky Muir" 11 November 2015 (2015-11-11)
31 4 "Nova Peris" 18 November 2015 (2015-11-18)
32 5 "Richard Di Natale" 25 November 2015 (2015-11-25)
33 6 "Cory Bernardi" 2 December 2015 (2015-12-02)

Season 6 (2016)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Guest Original air date
34 1 "Jacqui Lambie"[4] 26 May 2016 (2016-05-26)
35 2 "Sam Dastyari" 2 June 2016 (2016-06-02)
36 3 "Scott Ludlum" 9 June 2016 (2016-06-09)
37 4 "Michaelia Cash" 16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
38 5 "Malcolm Turnbull" 23 June 2016 (2016-06-23)
39 6 "Bill Shorten" 30 June 2016 (2016-06-30)

Guests[edit]

Crabb has said that her most memorable show was with Senator Nigel Scullion, when he took her collecting crustaceans in the coastal mud flats of the Northern Territory.[5]

2013 Federal Election Kitchen Cabinet shows[edit]

During the 2013 Australian Federal Election, Crabb taped two shows for Kitchen Cabinet,[6] beyond the previously normal 6 episodes, with the leaders of the major opposing parties, Tony Abbott (Liberal Party of Australia) and Kevin Rudd (Australian Labor Party) with these shows being broadcast on successive nights in the last week of the political campaign, on Wednesday 4 September and Thursday 5 September respectively.

2016 Federal Election Kitchen Cabinet shows[edit]

During the 2016 Australian Federal Election, Crabb again taped two shows for Kitchen Cabinet with the leaders of the major opposing parties, Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal Party of Australia) and Bill Shorten (Australian Labor Party)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kitchen Cabinet". Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "If you can't stand the heat ...". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Fresh Crabb for dinner, Lucy Saunders, The Spectator, 17 March 2012, accessed 5 September 2013
  4. ^ Knox, David (12 May 2016). "Renewed: Kitchen Cabinet". TV Tonight. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Ten questions for Annabel Crabb, Nick Leys, The Australian, 2 September 2013, accessed 4 September 2013
  6. ^ Kitchen Cabinet special: Rudd and Abbott - The aprons are on, ANC News Online, 19 August 2013, accessed 4 September 2013

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