Food Tripper Series 3
Helen Hokin blazes the trail for all other food-loving fanatics to follow. In Cyprus, Helen snubs the omelette and chips on offer at the costal resorts and heads to the mountains in search of traditional produce. Here she finds homemade Halloumi cheese so good that the locals walk up the mountain daily to secure fresh supplies. Helen also finds plenty of herbal inspiration on the island, from the famous local wild thyme infused honey to the blending skills of modern herbalist Miranda Tringis. In London, Helen plots the historical gastronomic high and lows of the capital city; beginning at the time that the Earl of Sandwich decided to abolish the traditional two hour lunch break (yes thanks for that) and introduce an easily handled snack. Helen talks to top chefs about the current trends in this most global of cities and find that chefs are looking both backwards, such as in the case of Marcus Wareing, who is reinventing classic Mrs Beeton recipes from the 1860s at his restaurant The Gilbert Scott, and forwards, beyond even the recent vogue for molecular gastronomy. Can London, after a number of years in the dining doldrums, reclaim its former glories as a Food Tripper's dream destination?
No. of Episodes: 2
Cyprus is shaking off its shackles as a mainstream tourist fodder destination. Food tourists will love venturing inland to explore its rich food history, artisan producers, revived culinary traditions, hands-on food holiday activities and kitchen encounters with top celebrity chefs. Food Tripper tracks down hand-made halloumi, herbalists, locust beans and a rare breed of bees producing a much sought after brand of honey. Helen's advice is, head for the hills.
Touted as the culinary capital of the world, London is home to The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards and is known for its 'Michelin Mile' in Park Lane. It is a honey pot for leading chefs jostling for kitchen space and host to the most diverse and international array of dining options imaginable. In fact if you name a nationality you'll find a cuisine in London to match it. While posh nosh keeps the press excited, the guide books churning and the city on the culinary map, the reality is that it's everything happening around it, the lesser known and unexplored corners, that make London the never-ending food adventure that it is today. Food Tripper explores food history by meeting the 11th Earl of Sandwich, pops into high profile venues like Nobu or Marcus Wareing's restaurant The Gilbert Scott in the refurbished St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, and sheds a light on contemporary street food culture starting in Brick Lane.