From France to Mexico, from New Zealand to Turkey and back to Australia, SBS continues to lead the way commissioning four deliciously tasty, brand new food series to entertain and delight. Luke Nguyen’s France, Shane Delia’s Spice Journey – Turkey, a third series of Destination Flavour and Peter Kuruvita’s Mexican Fiesta are all becoming a part of the mouth-watering Thursday night food line up.
1 Aug 2013 - 11:49 AM  UPDATED 26 Aug 2013 - 7:34 PM

SBS Director of Television Tony Iffland said: “SBS continues to forge ahead in producing world-class food programming that offers the chance to experience cultures and foods from here and abroad. These latest commissions demonstrate how we want to challenge and entertain viewers with compelling Australian-produced content.”

SBS Commissioning Editor Erik Dwyer said: “Our new food ventures represent the start of four exciting new journeys. We’ll bring stories to the screen from around the world and our own backyard, which celebrate different cultures and amazing food. These new commissioned series continue to cement SBS as the leader in food content while showcasing our new and established talent.”

Luke Nguyen’s France is inspired by the many thousands of Vietnamese people, including many of Luke’s own family, who made the arduous journey to France as refugees. For this exciting new series, Luke leaves Asia and takes a unique journey across the length and breadth of the country, widely regarded as the most famous gastronomic location in the world.

Luke’s journey takes him from the brilliant city lights of Paris to the coolness of the Riviera, visiting the country’s food capital, Lyon, and the unique regions of Alsace, Biarritz and Brittany along the way. He catches up with his uncles and cousins who have made France their home and incredibly have the same passions for food. Luke will reveal their stories of survival and prosperity and an insight into French cuisine. In his unique style, Luke will hunt for seasonal ingredients, meet colourful characters and discover cultural similarities between Vietnam and France.

Shane Delia’s Spice Journey - Turkey is the second stage of Shane’s odyssey through the Middle East that sees him travel to exotic Turkey. As well as wanting to explore the historical and cultural foundations of this wonderful country and to experience the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, he is also looking to find a contemporary twist on Turkish flavours.

Turkey is a country where “hospitality” is more than a catch-cry; it’s a way of life. This series is a celebration of Shane’s love for the cultures that make up the Middle East.

Taking the next step on his journey of playful countries and cultures in Mexican Fiesta, renowned chef Peter Kuruvita embarks on a breathtaking journey of culinary discovery through the vibrant, tempting world of Mexican cuisine. His mission is to uncover the heart of Mexico’s food culture and let the passion of its people inspire his own take on some of their most prized dishes.

Travelling south from the United States, Peter experiences the breadth of Mexico’s natural offerings; from the deserts of the north to the jungles down south. On the way, he passes through seaside villages, ghost towns and mega-cities before ending his adventure in the southern district on the Guatemalan border. In a world bursting with celebrations of life and food, Peter finds inspiration in the rich traditions and native ingredients of this diverse land. Guided by Mexico’s colourful local characters, passionate farmers and indigenous tribes, this is a truly unique voyage of discovery and a captivating look at one of the world’s oldest and most interesting cultures.

A third season of Destination Flavour sees the return of popular host Adam Liaw, who is joined by Yasmin Newman as co-presenter. Yasmin’s work to date in food and travel spans print, radio, video and online, and she is regularly featured in a number of media outlets, including Delicious and Selector. She has also completed her first cookbook, Seven Thousand Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines. This next new and sumptuous series of Destination Flavour will celebrate a new cast of unheralded food heroes, with Adam and Yasmin meeting farmers, foragers, artisan food producers, chefs and winemakers, all with tasty food stories to tell.

The series structure will be a “road trip” commencing in Western Australia and travelling progressively east through all states before venturing abroad to New Zealand. Each episode will feature at least three food producers, three chefs and five recipes, interspersed with “appetiser” mini-profiles or food discoveries.

Luke Nguyen’s France, Shane Delia’s Spice Journey - Turkey, Destination Flavour Series Three and Peter Kuruvita’s Mexican Fiesta will screen on SBS in 2014.