UKTV has closed a deal with Lucky Day to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookery for its Good Food channel. In addition, the channel has also sealed deals with Beyond Distribution, In Production and Portfolio to pick up rights to the new seasons of World’s Weirdest Restaurants, Kitchen Hero and You Gotta Eat Here, respectively.
Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookery is set against the backdrop of the beautiful natural scenery of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Across eight episodes, Tareq Taylor will travel around Scandinavia, meeting local food producers, restaurateurs and specialists who discuss their passion for the work that they do and the secrets to their success. Each episode features several cooking segments during which Tareq combines local ingredients with his own culinary techniques. Combining beautiful, natural Scandinavian scenery, cooking, travel and adventure, Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookeryprovides an insider view into the growing food culture of northern Europe.
Canadian cookery show World’s Weirdest Restaurants is hosted by Bob Blumer and showcases some of the world’s strangest eating establishments. The show features some of the most extraordinary eateries and curious cuisines including flambéed chicken catapulted through the air, skewered mid-flight by a unicycle riding waiter, and sushi served up by dancing robots. The show’s 15 episode second season is set to premiere in Q2.
Hosted by Donal Skehan, Kitchen Hero is about inspiring home cooking at an affordable price. Donal makes inexpensive ingredients work harder for the money spent on them, so they can be enjoyed as delicious dishes on a daily basis. You Gotta Eat Here is fronted by John Catucci and follows him on a quest to find Canada’s most delicious comfort food. He visits great joints, greasy spoons, and legendary restaurants to taste the food that made them famous and to meet the colourful characters that make them institutions. Catucci dives into the kitchens to find out what makes these signature recipes so damn good.
“These latest acquisitions demonstrate our passion for bringing a range of food-led entertainment and classic cooking shows to the channel”, said Clare Laycock, General Manager of Good Food. “Good Food already features Britain’s best known chefs, but we also like to support emerging talent with Donal Skehan’s Kitchen Hero and Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookery to introduce our viewers to a wide range of skills and recipes.”
UKTV Acquisitions Executive Nicki McDermott, who brokered these deals, added: “We’re delighted to have secured such a range of new series for Good Food. Our aim is to enhance the content of the channel and broaden the number of viewers who look for new and inspiring cookery programming and through these deals, we believe we are doing this.”