On his latest overseas adventure, Luke Nguyen's France, which begins on Thursday, 24 April at 7:30pm on SBS ONE, celebrated chef Luke Nguyen ventures out of Asia and into France — the culinary wonderland that shaped both his ancestral home, Vietnam, and the lives of so many in his family. Viewers experience a whole new world of French Vietnamese fusion food, as Luke travels across France creating dishes that boast the richness of Gallic tradition with a fresh, modern Asian twist.
Adam Liaw, winner of MasterChef series two, returns to our screens as host of the SBS series, Destination Flavour Japan. Having lived and worked in Japan for seven years, Liaw is the perfect presenter for this beautifully shot program that features the country that first fired his passion for food. From the frozen ponds of Hokkaido in the north to the southern multicultural island of Okinawa, viewers follow Liaw's one-on-one encounters with the obsessive primary producers, local food legends and master chefs; peppered with recipes that are achievable for the home cook. Watch a preview here and book your seats on the sofa now. Commencing on 19 September, the ten part series will screen on SBS on Thursday nights at 8.00pm.
Viewers have the opportunity to have a masterclass with culinary legend, Madhur Jaffrey, who returns to television for the first time in 17 years with a new series that sees her explore the British love affair with Indian cuisine. This 10-part series sees Ms Jaffrey travel around the UK, from London to Birmingham and Glasgow to Leicester, creating her very own food map and seeing first-hand how Indian food has been integrated into the British national way of life and why it's constantly voted as one of the nation's favourite foods. Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation kicks off on SBS on 22 August at 7.30pm.
Join Shane Delia as he takes a break from Maha, his restaurant in Melbourne's CBD, to embark on an exotic Spice Journey that takes him to his homeland of Malta, and then on to Lebanon and ancient Persia. Delia's genuine enthusiasm for food and culture comes together in an aromatic blend of colour and taste in this brand new food and travel series in which he shares a gastronomic pilgrimage together with his cheeky personality and zest for life. Shane Delia's Spice Journey premieres on Thursday, 2 May at 7.30pm on SBS ONE.
In series three Matthew has moved on from Puggle Farm to greener (and bigger) pastures of Fat Pig Farm, where he continues to serve up a delicious feast from the paddock to the plate. Follow Matthew and his family, Sadie and Hedley, as they face the challenges of farm life all while discovering the culinary delights of home-grown produce.
Gourmet Farmer series 3 screens on SBS on Thursdays at 8.00pm from 14 March.
The critically acclaimed seven part series Lyndey & Blair's Taste of Greece returns to SBS One at 3:30pm on Sundays.
The series is a beautiful tribute to Lyndey’s 29 year old son, Blair who passed away on Sunday, 17 April 2011 from Acute Myloid Leukemia. 'He was the most positive person I had ever met, and it was a joy and a privilege to have been his mother. It still hasn’t really sunk in’, says Lyndey.
Seeking culinary delights, adventure and antiquities, Lyndey and Blair, toured the fascinating Peloponnese with a film crew in 2010. The result, Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece, showcases the cuisine, culture and beautifully undiscovered land of this region, which is so accessible to Athens.
The series follows Lyndey and Blair as they cook, eat, drink and engage with the locals they meet along the way – a charming yet eclectic mix of home cooks, wine the cuisine of the Peloponnese has a starring role, the historic heart of Greece is not overlooked as ancient sites are explored with an adventurous edge, full of humour and insight. The unique mother/son relationship between Lyndey and Blair adds another layer of fun and banter.
'This is a road show like no other,' says Lyndey, 'not quite your average family holiday – and we are both food-seeking missiles.
'Travelling and shooting a television program with your mother is a little out of the ordinary! The beauty of a mother son relationship on camera is that you can't fake it, or replicate it, all the complexities have been built up over 29 years,' Blair explained just days before his sudden demise.
The companion book of the same title, a joyful collaboration between mother and son, is also out now. It contains beautiful location photography, amusing anecdotes and over 80 authentic yet fresh recipes. makers, producers, chefs and restaurateurs.
In Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong series two, the acclaimed chef ventures even deeper into the Mekong region visiting previously communities and food cultures in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The journey begins in Vientiane, Laos before crossing the Mekong into Cambodia. Book your seats on the sofa. The program commences on Thursday, 25 October at 8.00pm on SBS One.
'This program is so beautiful, it's making me cry,' one enthusiast tweeted during the first episode of Two Greedy Italians - Still Hungry.
Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo return to Italy together to remember their own pasts and discover how the culinary capital of the world is changing the way it cooks and eats. The pair take a sentimental journey through the Italian countryside. The program screens on SBS One on Thursday evenings from 4 October. For more information about, see the SBS Food web site.
Regular followers of this blog and my Twitter feed will be familiar with my passion for the farmers and food producers of Australia; and my tweets about them being the 'Salt of the Earth'. This may explain why I have been so looking forward to Destination Flavour, a new ten-part series coming to SBS One.
Featuring MasterChef winner, Adam Liaw, Renee Lim from Food Investigators, and Lily Serna of Letters and Numbers, Destination Flavour profiles Australia’s renowned chefs, leading providores and food producers, top city restaurants and much loved suburban eateries. It also showcases Australia’s culinary regions that provide the best ‘paddock to plate’ food.
Having watched the first episode, I feel this program is fresh in every sense of the word. From the hosts (particularly Adam Liaw, who I think is a very natural presenter) to the vibrant scenery, and delicious dishes and food regions shown. Incidentally, Liaw is currently the Featured Foodie on the SBS Food web site and re his food philosophy says that 'the way we cook and eat is the ultimate connection between human beings and the world'.
Destination Flavour commences on SBS One on Thursday, 16 August at 8.00pm.
Celebrated chef, Luke Nguyen, takes us on another delicious culinary adventure, this time across the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia, on Thursday nights from 23 February 2012 at 7.30pm on SBS TV.
Mirroring the migration of Vietnamese across the region, Luke’s Greater Mekong comprises ten half-hour episodes that journey across three of the six countries that make up the Greater Mekong region: Yunnan Province in China, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), and Thailand.
In this delicious and colourful series, Luke travels across twelve regions, each with their own unique cultures, culinary stories and traditions. Luke’s passion for food and exploring new cultures is as infectious as ever, and will be sure to inspire any budding home cook or foodie-traveller to Asia. Mark the diary and book your seats on the sofa today!