Episode 1: Malta to Lebanon
In the first episode of Shane Delia's Spice Journey, Shane journeys back to his homeland of Malta, where he follows ancient Phoenician trade routes across the sea to the original Land of Milk and Honey, Lebanon.
Episode 2: The Road to Tripoli
Shane visits the souks of Tripoli in Lebanon and learns how food traditions of the ancient port city have been shaped by centuries of trade and travellers.
Episode 3: Mountain Secrets
Shane explores mountain hideouts of central Lebanon where he learns age-old methods of meat preservation and samples the quintessential kibbeh. Then he takes the knowledge back to his Melbourne kitchen to create his own take on awarma and kibbeh.
Episode 4: Beqaa Valley
Shane visits the ancient ruins of Baalbeck to learn about the origins of Middle Eastern winemaking.
Episode 5: The South
Shane travels from the beaches of Sidon to the mountain town of Nabatieh to taste some of Lebanon's best goat's cheese, labne and za'atar.
Episode 6: Beirut
Shane visits Beirut to explore the Palestinian and Armenian influences on Lebanese cuisine, as well as finally trying the falafel – the original dude food.
Episode 7: Welcome to Iran
Shane's gastronomic pilgrimage takes him to Iran – Persia of old – and home of saffron, pomegranate and the world's first haute cuisine.
Episode 8: Yazd
Shane takes to the silk road to meet nomadic tribes keeping ancient methods of bread making alive, samples the local saffron and tries pashmak – the original fairy floss.
Episode 9: Tehran
Shane travels from Esfahan, ancient capital of Persia to Tehran, contemporary capital of Iran.
Episode 10: The Caspian Sea
Having travelled close to 2,000 kilometers and gained glimpses into 2,000 years of Persian culinary history, Shane arrives in Iran's north, the Caspian sea, where the food influences are very Ottoman.