My Family Feast is a celebration of food, family and the stories of life! Join Sean Connolly as he feasts with Australian immigrants and their families, and experience traditions before they are lost to history. Learn how to cook a family feast with recipes and techniques that have been lovingly passed from generation to generation. Sean will experience a slice of Congo in Sydney, join four generations of the Pacialeo family and learn how to cook traditional Italian cuisine, and celebrate Ching Ming with the Yip family – an annual Chinese gathering where families pay respect to their late ancestors. Discover the enticing flavors and cultural diversity in Australia with My Family Feast!
Hosted By: Sean Connolly
One of Australia's leading celebrity chefs, Sean Connolly will soon be brightening up your television screens with his ever-cheeky smile! Catch him in Under the Grill only on the Asian Food Channel.
Chef Connolly was born in 1967 and raised in the UK. His grandmother Esther was responsible for igniting his passion for cooking at just 9 years old with her cakes and pies! As a result, Chef Connolly was the only boy who opted for Home Economics in school while the other boys took up steelwork and woodwork.
With some help from his father, Chef Connolly, age 13, landed a part-time job at the Pennine Hilton. He worked on Fridays and Saturdays for free just so he could cultivate his culinary skills and get some honest work experience! Upon leaving Pennine Hilton, Chef Connolly proceeded to cook in several restaurants one of which included The Princess Grill on board the Queen Elizabeth 2, the luxury cruise ship. His tenure with The Princess Grill granted him a chance to travel all over the world. He travelled to Panama, Asia, South America and even Australia! It was here that he got a taste of the Australian soil and was instantly attracted by its beauty.
Emigration to Australia was inevitable for Chef Connolly and he went on to cook in many top-notch restaurants, even heading Astral Restaurant, one of Sydney’s top dining establishments. Eventually, he opened his own restaurants, The Grill and Sean’s Kitchen!
Chef Connolly has also picked up numerous accolades on his culinary journey, such as 'Chef of the Year, 2008 Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards', 'Chef of the Year, 2008 GQ Man if the Year Awards' and 'Chef of the Year, 2006 – 2009 Australian Hotels Association NSW Awards for Excellence'.
Chef Connolly also starred in several television cooking programmes – the first being The Family Feast in 2009. Most recently, he starred in Under the Grill, which documents the opening of his restaurant, The Grill by Sean Connolly. This was one of Chef Connolly’s biggest projects to date, which involved him establishing a restaurant from scratch in time for the Rugby World Cup.
Chef Connolly currently resides in Australia with his wife and his three children.