Following on from the first season, Yotam Ottolenghi returns in an all new series of Mediterranean Feasts, exploring the unique foods, flavours and culinary traditions of the Mediterranean Islands. Each episode features a different 'dream-holiday' destination from Corsica to Mallorca and from Sardina to Crete. All of the destinations showcase amazing, envy-inducing island scenery with turquoise waters, blue skies, mountain farms, seaside towns, local markets, olive groves and winding roads. Sounds wonderful, no?
During his journey, Yotam meets local producers, chefs, farmers and food heroes with the aim of learning about their produce and how they use it. He then creates his own mouth-watering recipe, paying respect to the ingredients. His trademark charm shines through as he eagerly learns from locals, humbly tries his hand at local food making techniques with mixed success, and delights in every new discovery and landscape.
Yotam also explores how the islands of the Mediterranean that have been invaded and traded through East and West have absorbed and adapted the foods of the many civilisations, empires and nations that have crossed their shores, creating dishes that, although bearing testament to the history of the isles, are also extraordinarily local and unique. He begins his journey exploring the wild, rugged beauty of Sardinia and Corsica, before heading down towards the Balearics and the almond covered isle of Mallorca, then on towards the complex island of Crete. The series decodes history on a plate, as it’s a cultural and culinary exploration, as well as a personal journey of inspiration for Yotam, providing the impetus for new flavours in his own recipes. Every minute of this series will have food-lovers drooling, I'm certain.
The ten-part series two starts on Thursday, 25 September on SBS ONE. Look for the recipes from the first series on the SBS Food pages here. You also can follow the conversation on Twitter using the hash tag #SBSfood.
The team at SBS Food caught up with Yotam ahead of the show. Read that delicious interview here. And stay tuned to Good Things for my upcoming review of Yotam's latest book, Plenty More, and news from my attendance at the upcoming Good Food Month event, A Literary Lunch, to be held at Nomad in October.
For more news on Good Things coming to the screen in your living room, keep an eye on my Food TV page too.
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