Private Chef, recipe

Recipes galore from Neil Anthony's series.

Neill Anthony - also known as Food Network's Private Chef - is here to show you what it's like being a personal chef in the homes of his prestigious friends, acquaintances and clients for their personal dinner extravaganzas. But we also get to see him prepare these delish dishes and learn a thing or two.

In the Season 2 premiere of Private Chef, Neill will prepare the dishes below - and now that you have the recipes, tune in on Thursday 26 January at 20:00 on Food Network (175) to see how he does it!

Express meal:  Crepes on toast 


•    A couple of fresh porcinis

•    Ciabatta

•    1 clove garlic

•    2 tablespoons butter

•   1-2 tablespoons olive oil 

•    Salt

•    Tablespoons crème fraiche

•    1 shallot - sliced

•    2 tablespoon grated pecorino

•    1-2 fresh thyme sprigs

•   Handful of fresh wood sorrel


1.      Heat a non-stick pan over a medium to high heat

2.      Add a good glug of olive oil.

3.      Toast ciabatta, and then rub with garlic

4.      Slice mushrooms and add to pan.

5.      Sauté for 30 seconds to a minute.

6.      Mandolin or finely slice shallots and add to the mushrooms. Add thyme. Season with salt.

7.      Add butter and cook for another minute or so.

8.      Add crème fraiche and let it melt into the mushrooms.

9.      Add a grating of pecorino.

10.    Finish with wood sorrel

11.   Serve on toasted ciabatta with finely grated/micro planed pecorino.

12.   Finish with a grating of raw cep stems


Recipe 1:  Spelt Risotto, pickled turnip and braised ox tongue


Braised Tongue

•         Olive oil

•         Salt

•       1 ox tongue

•       1 head garlic – halved

•       1 onion – quartered

•       1 bay leaf

•      Sprigs of thyme

•      1 tablespoon coriander seeds

•       1 teaspoon fennel seeds

Pickled Turnips

•       3 turnips – peeled and mandolin sliced

•       1 teaspoon salt

•      1 teaspoon sugar

•      White wine vinegar

Spelt Risotto

•       500g pearled barley

•       1 ½ litres hot chicken stock

•       100g pecorino – finely grated

•       125g cold butter – diced

•      2 tablespoons crème fraiche

•      Olive oil

•      2-3 shallots, finely sliced

•      ¼ cup chopped chives



Ox Tongue

1.      Heat pressure cooker with a good drizzle of olive oil.

2.      Season tongue with salt.

3.      Sear in pressure cooker.

4.      Add shallots, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, coriander seeds and fenne seeds.

2.       Cover with water, pop a lid on and cook on a medium heat for 45 minutes to hour.

3.       Remove the tongue and strain the liquid, reserving the stock.

4.       Cool, peel and trim.

5.       Cut in half lengthways, press between two trays, for min of three hours.

6.       Remove and cut into cubes of 1cm.


7.       Put turnip slices into bowl.

8.       Add sugar, salt and splash of white wine vinegar.

Mix and set aside



9.       Sauté tongue cubes until crispy.

10.     Remove and put into a tray, keeping warm.


11.     Heat olive oil and butter in a pot, and sauté the shallots.

12.     Add barley and toast briefly.

13.     Add all the stock. Bring to boil.

14.     Cook for about 30 minutes while stirring every now and again.

15.     Add creme fraiche.

16.     Remove from heat, add chives and pecorino stirring gently.

16.     Finish with pickled turnips just before serving.

Plate and serve


Recipe two:  Rabbit in a secret garden



•       1/4 of a rabbit per person – saddle, shoulder and leg separate (kidneys and livers reserved)

•       2 litres of chicken stock

•       2 skinless boneless chicken breast

•       200ml whipping cream

•       Olive oil

•       Salt

•       Couple of thyme sprigs

•       Couple of bay leaves

•       8 garlic cloves

•      2 tablespoon wholegrain mustard 

Secret Garden

•       500g baby spinach  

•       2 cups panko breadcrumbs

•       Zest of two lemons

•       1kg button mushrooms  

•       2 sliced shallots

•       1 clove garlic – finely chopped

•       Olive oil

•       Balsamic vinegar

•       Truffle oil

•       Toasted breadcrumbs with olive oil and lemon zest

•       Chives

•       Shimeji mushrooms

•       Wood sorrel

•       Tapioca maltodextrin powder 



•         Break down and debone rabbit, keeping the kidneys and liver.

•         Debone the saddles.

•         Heat oil in a pot.

•         Sear legs and shoulder meat and add salt, thyme sprigs, a couple of bay leaves and a few garlic cloves.

•         Deglaze with a little chicken stock and then add all the stock.

•         Braise for one and half hours in an oven at 180-200 degrees.

•         Remove the rabbit and set aside, reserving chicken stock/braising liquid for serving.

•         Shred meat off legs and shoulders and place into a bowl.

•         Add chicken breasts to food processor and blitz, slowly adding cream to form a paste.

•         Remove from blender.

•         Cover, cling wrap and refrigerate.

•         Sauté liver and kidneys briefly and then chop roughly, chill.

•         Mix the chicken mousse, shredded leg meat and chopped livers.

•        Cover and chill until needed.

•        Season rabbit saddles with salt and spread with wholegrain mustard. 

•        Roll about half a cup of mousse filling into a thin sausage the length of the saddle and lay it along the spine of the saddle.

•        Roll the saddle neatly, making sure the filling is neatly tucked in the middle.

•        Roll up tightly in cling film, tying both ends. Chill until needed.

•        Roll any leftover mousse into walnut-sized bowls, cover and set aside for later.

•        Add olive oil to a large saucepan and sauté the shallots.

•        Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for about 20 minutes.

•        Add a generous splash of balsamic vinegar and a knob of butter and cook until reduced.

•        Season and pop through a blender.



•       Add rabbit rolls to bamboo steamer and steam for 15 minutes.

•       Remove from steamer, remove cling film.

•       Pan fry, seam side down first in lots of foaming butter until coloured.

•       Fry the left-over stuffing balls until golden.

•       Slice the rabbit, laying it down on a metal tray. Season and pop back in the oven right before serving to warm through.

•       Sauté shimejii mushrooms briefly in olive oil and season.

•       Place breadcrumbs, lemon zest, chopped chives and olive oil into pan.

•       Toast, remove and drain on paper towel.

•       Wilt spinach in tablespoon of olive oil and couple tablespoon of water.

•       Drain well, removing any excess water.

•      Reduce reserved chicken braising liquid.

•      Add tapioca powder to a bowl.

•     Whisk in three to four tablespoon olive oil or enough so it resembles snow.

Plate and serve 



•     250g full fat cream cheese

•     500ml whipping cream

•     200g castor sugar

•     2 squirts vanilla paste/powder

•     Flesh from four passion fruit

•     300g castor sugar

•     300g puffed rice


1.         Heat cream with sugar and vanilla.

2.         Pour onto room temp cream cheese, whisk until smooth.

3.         Put into espuma gun and chill until needed.

4.         Warm castor sugar gently until caramel forms.

5.         Add in puffed rice.

Stir and pour onto silicon mat. Spread out evenly. Allow to set. 

Catch Private Chef on Thursdays at 20:00 on Food Network (175).