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.
Luke Nguyen’s France begins in the heart of Paris, where Luke discovers Parisians’ passion for food, decadence and tradition. Walking the streets of the beautiful capital, Luke explores a food market that was established in 1615, cooks with his Vietnamese French cousin, meets a traditional Parisian butcher, says hello to French bees and tastes sweet honey from rooftop hives, and indulges in three courses of soufflé. Luke also sets up a kitchen on his friend’s rooftop and cooks pot-au-feu, which he discovers is the origin for the Vietnamese iconic staple, pho. Working with an artisan baker, Luke tries his hand at crafting a true French baguette, and cooks a seasonal asparagus dish with a French-Italian chef in the childhood garden of King Louis XVI.
As you'll discover by watching the trailer, Luke Nguyen’s France is beautiful, stylish and colourful. Over ten delicious half-hour episodes Luke circumnavigates the country, meets charming local characters, and unearths a side to the French food culture and lifestyle that has rarely been seen on television. From Paris to Strasbourg, the dewy mountains of the Franche-Comté near the Swiss border to the gastronomic capital Lyon, Marseille to Nice, Biarritz to the Île d'Oléron off the Atlantic Coast, and finally to Brittany’s St Malo.
Following its premiere on SBS ONE, each episode of Luke Nguyen’s France will be available on iTunes and Googleplay. All episodes will be available online at http://www.sbs.com.au/food/luke-nguyens-france And the full series will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from June 2014.
Book your seats on the sofa now! Luke Nguyen’s France starts Thursday, 24 April at 7.30pm on SBS ONE. And join the conversation on social media #LukeNguyensFrance.
This post is sponsored by SBS Food and Good Things received payment for editorial support of Luke Nguyen's France. Photograph and trailer appear courtesy of SBS Food. Opinions expressed are my own.
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