Real cooking in Asia video wins
TWEED Heads-based chefs Clayton and Chad Klyne and their friend Lyndon Wiebe are about to take the world by storm.
The Canadian-born twins, who share the role of head chef at Kirra’s Le Monde Restaurant, and Mr Wiebe recently received the American Tasty Award for Best Food and Travel Series on the internet for the second year running.
The Tasty Awards are designed to recognise the year’s best achievements in food, fashion, and lifestyle programs on television, in film and online.
The trio spent seven months travelling through Asia to produce Without Borders, a series of online videos documenting their unique culinary adventures.
“We travelled extensively throughout Asia. We were planning our next trip to Asia over a beer and decided to capture it on film and give it 100%,” Chad Klyne said.
“We had no experience filming or editing so we did some research and got sound and camera equipment that cost around $1000 so it was budget to the max.”
The first award nomination two years ago took the friends by surprise.
“We got an email notifying us that we had been nominated and we thought, ‘Oh that’s great’,” he said.
“When we looked into it and saw big names like Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali and Gordon Ramsay nominated in other categories, we realised it was bigger than we initially thought.”
Clayton Klyne said Mr Wiebe is based in Canada and is liaising with a production company that has been pitching the concept and footage.
“There is 100 hours of film in total and there has been interest from National Geographic Channel and the US-based Outdoor Travel Channel and Outdoor Life Network,” he said.
Although compelling viewing, the friends said they made no effort to try and produce a slick, polished production.
“We were on a budget and we wanted to show the realness of it.
“Right from the beginning we decided to give it 100%.
"We thought ‘screw it ... it doesn’t matter if people don’t like it ... we’ll just stayed focused on what we were doing’,” Clayton said.
To view Without Borders visit www.withoutborderschefs.com.