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Meet Derek Nannup, a Noongar man from Western Australia; comic, actor, dancer, circus performer, didgeridoo player, much loved children’s hospital clown doctor as well as a cultural presenter for school kids and tourists. Derek’s jokes never switch off.

Meet Mark, Known as ‘The Black Olive’, a Bundjalung man from New South Wales. Mark is a well-known chef and television personality who specialises in native ingredients. Cooking for over 30 years around Australia and with many appearances across the world, Mark is famous for his charismatic personality and his unique creative approach to food.

But Derek doesn’t know how to cook. Mark generously offers to teach him, on the condition that Derek goes off to collect the fresh produce from around the countryside. Derek goes on the hunt, around the beautiful South-West of Western Australia – home to some of the best produce in the world.

Join Derek on his adventure to discover local food producers and watch as Mark opens up his culinary world to Derek, as the two cook up not only mouth-watering dishes, but a bit of fun too.

The Icon BoysPhoto credit Paloma Bartsch

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Noongar Wardandi, Noongar Bibbulman, Noongar Kaniyang & Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information

Key Cast

Derek Nannup

Mark Olive


Marian Bartsch


Taryne Laffar

Line Producer

Paloma Bartsch


Karla Hart

Taryne Laffar


Karla Hart

Director of Photography

Simon Akkerman

Location Sound Recordist

Glenn Martin

Post Production Sound

Wendi Graham


Noah Norton

Key WA Locations




Margaret River


Eagle Bay

Filming in the South-West

Being a proud West Australian and Noongar woman, I have a love of country.

Travelling through the stunning countryside of the South West of Australia was a highlight for me on this series.  We showcased how unique and stunning this area of the world is and how it is a region of world-class produce.

– Karla Hart, Director

Photo credit Karla Hart
Director Karla Hart
Photo credit Paloma Bartsch
Series Chef Mark Olive

The Series' Chef

Mark Olive is a Koori man and a high-profile indigenous chef.

And he’s no stranger to television either. His infectious personality, cooking skills and unique take on combining native Australian ingredients and herbs with quality produce of all types to make delicious healthy, accessible meals is legendary and loved.

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