The Chef Presents

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The Chef Presents was an early Australian television series, which aired from 1957 to 1959 on Melbourne station HSV-7, and was hosted by Willi Koeppen,[1] who became a celebrity in Melbourne due to the series. At one point, the series aired in a 5-minute time-slot,[2] later expanding to a 15-minute timeslot at 7:15 p.m.[1] before being moved to 2:15 p.m.,[3] and finally aired at 4:00 p.m.[4] In 1976, long after the series ended, Koeppen mysteriously vanished.[5] One of the earliest cooking shows on Australian television,[6] there is little information available on the series, and it is unlikely that any kinescope recordings exist of it.


  1. ^ a b Staff (12 September 1957). "Wednesday Television". The Age (Melbourne). p. 11. 
  2. ^ Staff (12 September 1957). "Thursday Television". The Age (Melbourne). p. 12. 
  3. ^ Staff (1 January 1959). "Monday Television". The Age (Melbourne). p. 9. 
  4. ^ Staff (14 May 1959). "Monday Television". The Age (Melbourne). p. 9. 
  5. ^ Robinson, Russell (14 May 2012). "The cook, the sleaze and his killer". Herald Sun (Melbourne: The Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Bayley, Andrew (18 August 2012). "Whatever happened to Willi Koeppen?". Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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