Chef Poh Ling Yeow returns with an emotion-packed twist to her culinary journey in POH’S KITCHEN: LENDS A HAND. Travelling both locally and abroad, Poh faces dramatic cooking challenges and witnesses how food can help get lives back on track.
From creating a special treat for the homeless in her hometown to being a camp cook for troubled teens on an outback adventure to taking a life-changing trip to the slums of Cambodia, you will see the bubbly host like never before as she rolls up her sleeves to help people who are using cooking to heal, inspire and change lives.
POH LING YEOW
Poh Ling Yeow was born in Malaysia, and spent much of her childhood in Kuala Lumpur. Her family then migrated to South Australia, where she now lives and works.
For Poh, cooking is all about nurturing and sharing, and she loves inviting friends into her kitchen to play, experiment, and help her refine her unique cooking style. Catch the enigmatic Poh as she injects a personal twist into some of the world’s most popular dishes, and exchanges recipes and tips with famous chefs such as Neil Perry, David Thompson, and Emmanuel Mollois.
Poh joins forces with a team of young chefs who have had a troubled start in life, but that's about to change. In an incredible few weeks they have gone from sleeping on the streets to being trained to cook in a professional kitchen for the first time. Melbourne’s ultra competitive restaurant scene will be a baptism of fire and it is Poh’s job to get them through the biggest week of their lives. Poh is also taken on an eye-opening journey into the harsh world that these talented youths have come from.
Bedford is a non-profit organisation in Adelaide that employs hundreds of workers with disability. At its headquarters, Poh meets Di and Maria, who train the kitchen staff to cook hundreds of meals for the workers each week. These dedicated cooks dream of bigger things, and might just have the chance to make it a reality with most important event yet – catering for a wedding. They ask Poh if she can lend a hand to make sure the cake is a big hit on the big day.
Every night on the streets of Adelaide, Fred’s Van feeds the homeless and those down on their luck. Calling in some favours, Poh prepares to cook up a special meal for the homeless in her hometown. Poh and the group of volunteers have less than an hour to feed over 100 people, most of whom have not eaten since the previous night’s free feed!
Poh travels to King Lake, a Victorian town that was almost obliterated by the 2009 bushfires. Her first port of call is to meet some of the locals who run Mate2Plate; these unsung heroes cooked – and are still cooking – meals for the survivors. She also meets Lesley Babbington, an inspiring lady who has made it her mission to heal a generation of kids whose lives changed forever on that fateful day. Lesley invites Poh to help her and the kids christen their centre’s new kitchen.
Poh packs her rucksack and pulls on her walking boots to lend a hand to ‘Operation Flinders,’ a wilderness therapy programme that helps transform the lives of young people at risk. For seven days she will be roughing it in the remote South Australian outback, cut off from the outside world, cooking on a camp fire for eleven troubled teenage girls (and possibly her toughest critics ever)!
Poh hears about an Australian, Scott Neeson, who is working with the children of the notorious garbage dump Steung Meanchey in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She travels to Cambodia on what is to become a life-changing adventure. Stunned and inspired by Scott’s work and moved by the love that the children show for him, Poh develops a plan and helps the children create a huge surprise for Scott.