Good Food has signed up Donal Skehan for their next show. The UKTV owned channel has given the green-light to Donal Skehan’s Asian Baking Adventure, a ten episode food travelogue fronted by the Irish food writer, photographer and television presenter.
Asian Baking Adventure will follow Skehan as he heads east to explore the flavours and secrets of Asian baking, with stops in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia. Skehan will gather inspiration from a range of local experts to pull together his top 20 easy recipes for fantastic Asian bakes.
As with a number of Good Food’s previous food travelogues, the ten episode series is an AFP (advertiser funded programming) commission. It is being produced by Denham Productions, with Cen Media and the Korean Communications Agency providing funding.
Donal Skehan’s Asian Baking Adventure was commissioned by UKTV’s Senior Commercial Partnerships Manager Kate Norum and Good Food’s General Manager Luke Hales. The executive producer for UKTV is Natalie Rose. “We’re delighted to be working with Denham again on what promises to be a truly revelatory look at baking and its growing popularity across Asia”, Norum said in a statement. “After their recent success with John Torode’s Korean Food Tour we have no doubt that this new adventure with Donal will be a ratings winner for the Good Food channel.”
“We’re thrilled about making this series, not least because it allows us to extend the nation’s proven love for baking, into exciting and rich territory”, commented UKTV’s Natalie Rose. “Plus, with his uniquely fresh perspective, culinary passion and infectious charm, we don’t think there’s anyone better to explore Asia’s exploding baking trend than Donal.”
While Denham Productions Grace Kitto added: “It’s a surprise to find how fashionable Western-influenced baked goods have become, from matcha (green tea) cakes to black sesame scones. Donal is inspired by the range of cakes, breads and savoury snacks on offer in Asia, where taste and presentation are equally important – this is food for the Instagram generation. And Donal is the perfect presenter to bring zest and enthusiasm to these exciting new dishes.”