Food TV Highlights September 2008

NEW BRITISH KITCHEN (PREMIERE)
SUNDAY 7.30PM FROM 7 SEPTEMBER 2008

Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli and Chef John Torode take us on a culinary exploration of the UK, discovering how settling migrants have brought their homeland’s cuisine with them to the area. Join Hardeep on location, as he delves into the heart of Polish flavours in West London, Ukrainian fare in Huddersfield and Turkish delicacies in Glasgow. Then its back into the kitchen where John Torode cooks the recipes Hardeep has gathered. The challenge doesn’t end there; Hardeep must put his new found culinary knowledge to the test, cooking a traditional dish authentic enough to win the local communities seal of approval. From Portuguese Custard Tarts to Polish Beetroot soup with Mushroom pockets, this will be no small feat; can our Masterchefs rise to the challenge? One thing is certain; this inquisitive and enlightening new series is a delightful introduction into our ever changing daily menus. Be inspired by the beautiful banquet of traditional fare that has shaped a New British Kitchen.

BAREFOOT CONTESSA (NEW SERIES)
SUNDAY 8.00PM FROM 7 SEPTEMBER 2008

The Barefoot Contessa is back with a brand new series. Ina Garten; best-selling cookbook author, food writer and former owner of Barefoot Contessa specialty food store returns to demonstrate the simplicity, style and fun of entertaining. From her home in the Hamptons, New York, Garten shares great tips for make-ahead meals, preparing fabulous food and hosting memorable parties.

SECRETS OF A RESTAURANT CHEF (PREMIERE)
MONDAY 8.00PM FROM 22 SEPTEMBER 2008

For some of us, the recipe for a great dish is a secret we will never share. Likewise for a Chef, the recipe for a successful restaurant is under lock and key, but Chef Anne Burrell is about to change all that with her new show Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef. She takes you behind the scenes and lifts the lid on all those practical and handy restaurant techniques that can spice up familiar everyday meals. After serving as a sous chef to Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, Burrell is well equipped with the culinary credentials to dish us all the secrets that can make our everyday menus rival that of great restaurants. With tips on simple yet significant kitchen techniques for seasoning and grilling, Burrell encourages us to cook like the professionals and taste every step of the way. She even lets us in on her own ‘Holy Trinity’ motto of Salt, Olive Oil and Bacon. So if you are curious to see what the biggest mistakes home cooks make are, tune in to Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef and let Burrell dish the answers.

HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING (PREMIERE)
MONDAY 8.30PM FROM 22 SEPTEMBER 2008

Mark Bittman is the author of the humbly titled How to Cook Everything, a New York Times columnist and, some would say a world-class, but loveable, curmudgeon. In How To Cook Everything, this infamous critic challenges some of America’s most talented chefs putting his bold claim of always being right to the test. Bittman challenges the culinary experts one-on-one, as they prepare their signature dishes. From Spanish cuisine to complex lamb dishes, the critic counters the exquisite creations with simple, straight forward recipes to demonstrate how preparing delicious, eye-catching cuisine need not be a difficult or intimidating process.

ALIVE AND COOKING (PREMIERE)
TUESDAY 9.00PM FROM 16 SEPTEMBER 2008

Filmed on location at some of the countries top food and wine regions, chef James Reeson prepares for us a feast of delicious dishes for the occasional cook and the cooking expert. Alive and Cooking takes you across Australia, inland, and to the coast, using the best wines, oils, and different foods developed by each region. No dish is left uncovered; meaty main courses, vegetarian variations and delectable desserts are all given Reesons energetic and passionate attention. From Coffee Panacotta to Champagne Battered Fish, there are plenty of delicious dishes to inspire. So join Reeson on his journey into the culinary heartland of Australia, and create your own menu of tantalising dishes guaranteed to keep your passion for food Alive And Cooking.

SIMPLY MING (NEW SERIES)
THURSDAY 8.30PM FROM 4 SEPTEMBER 2008

Celebrity chef Ming Tsai is back with a new series of Simply Ming, once again serving up his fool-proof system for creating delicious East-West food in a snap. Ming shares simple ways to get great meals on the table – even when challenged by tight schedules and end-of-the-day fatigue. Each episode features one simple ‘master sauce’ – a flavourful base that features less than 8 ingredients. Ming will take us to his favourite spots to find the freshest ingredients, give great tips for beer and wine selection, and invite celebrity guest chefs, family and friends to create brand-new recipes – all while encouraging cooks at home to do the same!

MADE IN SPAIN WITH JOSE ANDRES (PREMIERE)
THURDAY 10.00PM FROM 4 SEPTEMBER 2008

José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator best known for bringing both traditional and avant-garde Spanish fare to America. In his new series Made In Spain, José takes viewers to every corner of the country highlighting his favourite markets, vineyards, restaurants, artisans and more. We begin our journey from the Chefs home region of Asturias in northern Spain, making a sweet and sour salad of cheese and tomatoes, with a honey and vinegar dressing. From here we visit the cultural and culinary capital, Madrid, indulging in a quick Tapa of Fried eggs and Spanish chorizo before jetting off to Catalunya for a lesson in food art and fine olive oil. Of course no tour of Spain would be complete without the pure indulgence of Spanish wine, to compliment the exquisite flavours. Jose takes us to La Rioja for a tapa of apples in red wine syrup, before sampling the countries best Rioja from a local winemaker. From Peppers in Navarra to Saffron in Castilla La Mancha, Made In Spain With Jose Andres explores the true beauty and delicious banquet of food this country has to offer.

UNCORKED (PREMIERE)
FRIDAY 8.30PM FROM 6 SEPTEMBER 2008

Presented by Australian cricketer and wine enthusiast Stuart MacGill, Uncorked is an informative six-part series about everyday wine appreciation. In this series Stuart explores six prominent wine growing regions, discovering the story of Australian wine today through a new generation of young winemakers and how they are influencing and shaping the local wine scene. Join Stuart on his journey as he showcases the region, meeting local food producers, chefs and wine lovers. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, or simply have a thirst for knowledge, Uncorked guides you through the wine making process from grass roots level to bottle shop recommendations with ease.

GRILL IT! WITH BOBBY FLAY (PREMIERE)
SATURDAY 8.30PM FROM 6 SEPTEMBER 2008

Hot off the success of Throwdown, Iron Chef America and Boy Meets Grill comes a brand new series guaranteed to set the kitchen on fire! Grill It! With Bobby Flay lets fans live out their ultimate culinary fantasy and take on the grilling guru himself, Chef Bobby Flay. And as always, there’s an added twist; Flay has no clue about the food of choice until his competitor arrives; he will need to think on his feet and whip up a winning recipe fast in order to retain his title as one of the best pit masters around. The energy is contagious and the competition is hot, as hopeful fans of the grill master take on the opportunity of a lifetime to Grill it! With Bobby Flay.

THE BEST IN AUSTRALIA (PREMIERE)
SATURDAY 9.30PM FROM 6 SEPTEMBER 2008

Tune in and watch what happens when two top Aussie chefs and one passionate cook match culinary skills and go head to head to find the very best recipes in this brand new series, The Best In Australia. Join Chefs Ben O’Donoghue (Surfing The Menu) and Darren Simpson, and super cook Anna Gare as they compete against each other in a bid to produce the very best dish they can using the same main ingredient or theme. Each week, a different group of food-loving tasters judge which dish is the best, and with two challenges in each episode, the competitors will need to pit all their wits, skills and wills against each other to find out which dish really is The Best In Australia! Fun, fast paced and packed full of invaluable tips on choosing, sourcing and cooking each ingredient, this delightful new series will sharpen up old techniques and inspire a whole new approach in the kitchen.

GREAT BRITISH MENU (NEW SERIES)
WEEKNIGHTS 7.30PM FROM 15 SEPTEMBER 2008

Great British Menu is back with an all new series. Watch as season favourites, along side new faces, wage a week long culinary war in the kitchen. Sourcing the best ingredients from their local area, the chefs must create a starter, a fish course, a main course and a dessert that they believe epitomises all that’s best about their beloved region. From glorious Wales, Chefs Stephen Terry and Angela Hartnett go head-to-head with their starters; on the menu is ravioli stuffed with quail and chicken mousse, and breaded asparagus dish with a goats’ cheese dressing. The competition continues to heat up as Sat Bains and Glynn Purnell represent the Midlands and the east of England, going head-to-head to create a menu for culinary master Heston Blumenthal and top chefs from around the world at the iconic Gherkin building in London. At the end of a glorious seven-week culinary tour around the country, Britain will vote on the dishes they wanted to see on the definitive Great British Menu.

THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR (NEW SERIES)
WEEKNIGHTS 7.30PM FROM 1 SEPTEMBER 2008

The Next Food Network Star returns with a new and seasoned batch of contestants ready to put their culinary skills and personalities on the line and this season will prove to be the most difficult, entertaining and controversial yet! Food Network executives, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, will be joined by esteemed chef Bobby Flay as the judges for this season. Watch as the ten hopefuls tackle a series of tests and challenges to determine which one of them can “take the heat” to be voted The Next Food Network Star and receive their very own series.

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  • Jennifer

    thanks for the heads up on the new programmes coming up. Is the Barefoor Contessa on UKTV Food?