By: Meredith Costain
Published: February 2013
ISBN: 9781921977794


Ollie's life is a recipe for disaster.

Ollie and Julian are identical twins, but they couldn't be more different: Ollie loves sports and is the local footy champ, while Julian is a quiet achiever who spends most of his time in the kitchen cooking.

Much to Ollie's surprise, Julian enters the Junior Maestro Chef competition and is going to be on national television. Ollie's used to being the centre of attention in their household so he's not happy when his parents spend all their time quizzing Julian on ingredients for recipes rather than watching Ollie play footy.

But when Julian falls ill before the taping of the show's finale, it's up to Ollie to pretend to be his brother and cook up a storm.



With the hype surrounding reality television shows and cooking shows, Disaster Chef will really hit the mark with middle and upper primary students.

It tackles the issues of sibling rivalry particularly well as it depicts identical twins, where one has always been in the spotlight due to his sporting prowess. But how will he cope when the spotlight moves?

This book also portrays family balance really well and has the family going out of their way to help each other when help is really needed.

Other than that, this book is a lot of fun. There are scenes of trickery and lots of humorous situations that will have your students amused.

This title was included in our February 2013 Primary Fiction Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Rob