What is it about Australian meat pies that bewilders Americans so much? First, this sports commentator got a caning when he ate a Four & Twenty with a knife and fork, and now it’s superstar Will Smith’s turn to come up against the mighty pie.
Smith was in town recently for the Australian Open, creating a seven-minute video of his time Down Under. The highlight for us comes at just over a minute in, when Smith is handed a plastic-wrapped pie.
An Australian can be heard in the background talking Smith through the process: “It’s going to get hot, it’s going to get nasty, it’s going to go all over the place… Right now you have it upside down.”
“How could you possibly have it upside down?” Smith rolls his eyes at the camera before digging in. “Ouch, that’s hot as sh*t in there. Yo that was hot, I just burned my face.”
The ever-helpful Aussie suggests he chew with his mouth open, so it cools down as he eats it. Who would’ve thought our national dish had to come with a tutorial?
Smith isn’t put off however, declaring it to be “really, really good,” before musing aloud, “But why don’t you just wait ‘til it gets cool?” It’s a valid question, really. We normally find a squirt of cold tomato sauce does the trick.
So what was Smith’s verdict? “This is my first official Australian meat pie, and it’s really, really, really good, and when the skin grows back in my mouth I’ll be able to enjoy other Australian delicacies,” he says.
We wonder what Smith would make of these Vegemite meat pies?
Melbourne-based food and wine writer Sarah Gamboni has had to pull back on a few of her favourite things – chilli, gin and espresso – since bringing her daughter, Frankie, into the world. But she has discovered one post-natal perk: those stretchy-waist maternity jeans are heaven when heading out for a big meal. Follow her on Instagram @eatmywords_au