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ABC takes Australia’s federal election campaign to the kitchen

In a coup for Australian television, public broadcaster ABC has signed up the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to show off their culinary skills in a two-part television special Kitchen Cabinet, to air on ABC leading up to the country’s federal election.

The two half-hour episodes, featuring Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, will be broadcast in the campaign’s final week.

The Kitchen Cabinet two-part special will show Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott cooking for host Annabel Crabb in their homes, and sharing their experiences of life in politics.

Head of ABC Entertainment Jennifer Collins said “Annabel Crabb has discovered that the best way to get to know a leader outside of campaign rhetoric is to sit down and have dinner with them. This election, viewers will decide who can deliver the goods in the kitchen.”

Annabel Crabb is a Walkley Award winning and Logie-nominated political journalist and presenter. ABC’s popular Kitchen Cabinet program is now in its third series, and averaging more than 750,000 viewers across the series.  The series has seen Annabel Crabb cook with an array of Australian political figures.