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The Good Cooks Episode Four: The Philippines with Luke Hines

Luke Hines with Peter Palma inspecting a sample taken from a giant grouper

In episode four of ‘The Good Cooks’, Aussie fitness guru, Luke Hines, travels to a small island in the Philippines to learn how ACIAR is helping protect a critically endangered fish species and to learn how to cook like a Filipino.

The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands and its population of more than 100 million relies heavily on seafood for both their food and livelihood.

While the Philippines has experienced significant economic growth in recent years, this has not led to a reduction in poverty. In respect of food security, over-fishing and unsustainable fishing practices are putting increasing pressure not only on fish stocks and fish species— but also on entire coastal ecosystems.

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Luke Hines meet Peter Palma at the SEAFDEC to see the giant grouper brood stock
Luke Hines meet Peter Palma at the SEAFDEC to see the giant grouper brood stock

An Australian/Filipino scientific research partnership, brought together by the ACIAR, has been working on both protecting these important marine species in the wild as well as improving commercial fish farming opportunities.

In this week’s ‘The Good Cooks’ Aussie fitness guru, Luke Hines, visits a research centre on the tiny island of Guimaras to see ACIAR’s work in action. 

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Luke Hines with his chefs and guide, Peter, Razelle and Albert
Luke Hines with his chefs and guide, Peter, Razelle and Albert

As well as learning about programs such a big project to protect the giant grouper, Luke learns how to cook like a Filipino.

Luke Hines
Having spent over 15 years in the wellness industry Luke Hines describes himself as a nutrition coach, motivator and personal trainer.

He developed a huge passion for healthy food, which landed him on cooking show, My Kitchen Rules, where he got the chance to show Australia that healthy food can not only be easy but delicious too.  Making it to the finals he then moved into publishing healthy recipes in cookbooks to showcase to the world that heathy food doesn't have to be bland or boring diet food. Luke has published nine best-selling cook books.

With thanks to The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre Aquaculture Department and the Igang Marine Station Team, Alobijod Cove Resort and University of the Sunshine Coast. 

For more information of the ACIAR research project visit: Developing technologies for giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) aquaculture in Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia