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Episode 1: Lost in Fes
Aired Thursday 15 October at 8pm on SBS
Ever wondered how chefs invent new dishes? Enter the mind of a master chef, as Shane Delia begins a brand new spice journey in the ancient Moroccan city of Fes. Throughout this series, Shane will seek out new ideas to try in his test kitchen, before serving up these creations to paying customers at his Melbourne restaurant, Maha.
Episode 2: Desert oasis
Aired Thursday 22 October at 8pm on SBS
For centuries, roaming caravans have crossed the Saharan desert en-route to Morocco, bringing with them exotic spices and trade goods that have infused the cuisine of Northern Africa. Shane Delia spends an evening under the stars at a desert camp, immersing himself in the tastes and techniques of Amazigh cookery.
Episode 3: Mountains of food
Aired Thursday 29 October at 8pm on SBS
The peaks and valleys of the High Atlas Mountains are rich pickings for Shane Delia as he continues his spice journey through Morocco. In a mountain village, Shane is taught the traditional methods of preparing and cooking couscous. It turns out to be a laborious, but rewarding process. The question is, how will Shane adopt these ancient techniques in his modern test kitchen?
Episode 4: Marrakech
Aired Thursday 5 November at 8pm on SBS
Shane Delia has arrived in Marrakech on a mission to uncover the tastes and cooking techniques of this dusty and exotic city. Exploring a rabbit warren of alleys, he makes discoveries in the bustling souk. Using this newfound knowledge, Shane goes to work in his Melbourne test kitchen, creating new dishes to serve to his restaurant customers.
Episode 5: African coast
Aired Thursday 12 November at 8pm on SBS
Morocco’s windswept Atlantic Coast is home to the world’s largest sardine fishery and Shane Delia is keen to sample some of the local fish kefta, along with Morocco's marinade mainstay chermoula. Interestingly, it’s the region's sought after argan oil that really allows Shane to unleash his creativity in his test kitchen.
Episode 6: Moor is more
Aired Thursday 19 November at 8pm on SBS
The Arabs invaded what is now Spain and Portugal in 711 AD, morphing the somewhat dysfunctional Christian society into an Arabic-speaking, majority Muslim state within the span of three generations. Shane Delia arrives in Andalucía and uncovers a cuisine whose roots are firmly grounded in Islamic cookery.
Episode 7: Spanish Coast
Aired Thursday 26 November at 8pm on SBS
Sherry has gained a bad reputation as a cheap tipple enjoyed by older folk, but in Spain’s Sherry Triangle, the drink is loved by all. Shane Delia discovers the complex and nuanced flavours of this refreshing aperitif that is the perfect accompaniment to Andalucían cuisine and culture. But it's Michelin-starred chef Ángel León that really inspires Shane to lift his game - and back in his test kitchen the pressure is on!
Episode 8: Home of tapas
Aired Thursday 3 December at 8pm on SBS
Spain’s top shelf jamón ibérico is widely considered to be the world’s best ham. Shane Delia travels to a pig farm in the Spanish hills to see the unique environment needed to produce ham of this quality. Later, on a bar crawl in Seville, Spain's home of tapas, Shane finds another dose of inspiration. Upon returning to his Melbourne test kitchen, he attempts to create the ultimate tapas menu.
Episode 9: The city that changed the world
Aired Thursday 10 December at 8pm on SBS
With the arrival of the Moors, Spanish cuisine was changed forever. The group introduced new foods to the region, along with cooking techniques and tastes. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the southern city of Cordoba. Here, Shane Delia immerses himself in the creation of one of Spain’s best cold soups salmorejo, before learning the recipe to Fighting Bull’s tail stew. With so much inspiration, Shane is spoilt for choice as he attempts to reinvent these recipes for his restaurant clientele.
Episode 10: Made in Spain
Aired Thursday 17 December at 8pm on SBS
The spice journey comes to an end for Shane Delia, as he makes his way from Granada down to Malaga on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. But Shane’s love affair with the cuisine of this region is only just beginning, and this final episode sees the Aussie chef learn new recipes from some of Andalucía’s most accomplished (and humble) chefs. Back in his test kitchen, Shane’s head is bursting with new ideas for dishes to serve up to his restaurant's diners.
Visit the Shane Delia's Moorish Spice Journey program page to find out more about the show.