ANTHONY Mammino almost did not answer the phone call that is about to propel his ice cream business to national notoriety.
Fatigued from a hard day at the Brisbane Ekka in August, the blocked call sign on his mobile phone was hardly inviting, but the popular local entrepreneur took the call.
It turned out to be an offer for him and wife Teena to have their gourmet ice cream enterprise showcased on an upcoming episode of a new television series, Off the Eaten Track.
“I'm glad I did, because not only it is a wonderful opportunity for our business, but Childers will be featured in the lead-up to the busy Christmas period,” he said.
The show will be hosted by Alastair McLeod, who is the executive chef at Bretts Wharf restaurant, Hamilton and Tank restaurant in central Brisbane, and is also renowned as the host of Ready, Steady, Cook.
Mr Mammino said until he met Mr McLeod, he was unaware of his status within the food industry.
“We feel really honoured that someone with his stature is doing a show about our business,” he said.
Filming of the Mammino operation has finished, with particular interest shown in the Avocado flavoured ice cream — one of 25 produced at their Lucketts Road business.
“Alastair was a very funny guy to work with and when we told him about avocado being an aphrodisiac, the result was quite hilarious,” he said.
“Whether they'll use that in the show is another thing.”
Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin said the show was a joint initiative between the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and Tourism Queensland which will go to air on Channel 7.
“The series explores the diversity and abundance of Queensland produce.” Mr Mulherin said.
“It is not just about cooking or travel — it is a revealing and entertaining exposé of the high-quality produce that comes from our state.”
The four-part series will start on Saturday, December 4, at 7pm. Visit www.queenslandholidays.com.au/eat for details.
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