The UKTV owned and operated Good Food has commissioned a new 10 episode food series title John Torode’s Australia which will see renowned international chef John Torode embark on a culinary road trip across Australia. The series, which will be both advertiser funded and feature product placement, is expected to air on Good Food in 2014.
John Torode’s Australia follows John as he retraces the flavours of his childhood, the people who inspired his passion for food, and the places that shaped his early memories. The series will also show him catching up with his friends and family as well as meeting the immigrant communities who opened his eyes to a world of new flavours. The skein is described as “an intimate journey” where John will re-discover everything that is great about Oz, and the inspiration and origins of some of the country’s best-loved dishes. The recipes used on the series will all be published on the Good Food website. John Torode’s Australia is being produced by Mentorn Media in association with Tourism Australia, Emirates and Drum Screen.
“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the content team at Drum and two such well established brands as Tourism Australia and Emirates, helping to get this fantastic new series onto the Good Food Channel whilst combining both AFP & PP elements”, said UKTV’s Kate Norum, who helped put the deal for the series together. “With Production in the safe hands of the team at Mentorn, it promises to be a visual feast and perfect escapist TV for our discerning foodie audience.”
Tourism Australia’s Emma Humphreys commented: “We’re really excited to be working with John Torode to bring this TV series to Good Food. Viewers will be able to experience a real taste of life in Australia on this culinary adventure as John meets some fascinating people, and experiences some incredible places and produce.”
Mentorn Media’s Director of Programmes, Hannah Wyatt added: “This is an exceptional journey, giving a unique insight into one of the world’s most popular chefs at a time when the exploration of Australian cuisine is at the forefront of people’s minds. We’re sure that coupled with the beautiful Australian landscape and scenery, it will prove very popular with Good Food’s viewers.”