By Laura Rancie.
There is no lack of great foodie TV shows currently streaming on our screens at the moment. While these are just the top three we’ve picked for this week, we’d love to hear what are some of your favourites that you’re looking forward to, or have recently binged on?
LUKE NGUYEN’S INDIA:
Acclaimed Chef, author, presenter and travel enthusiast, Luke Nguyen returns to SBS for another culinary adventure, this time immersing himself in one of the most exotic places on Earth, India.' Luke Nguyen’s India' premieres on SBS and SBS On Demand on Thursday, October 5 at 8.30pm, taking viewers on a journey of the senses through India where food, religion and rich culture go hand in hand.
In the brand new six-part series, Luke circumnavigates Southern India discovering the cuisines, sounds and colours of this captivating region. Immersing himself in India’s spices, ancient traditions and unique locations, Luke gets to know local cooks and Chefs, experts and loveable characters who introduce him to the wonderful world of Indian cuisine.
With breathtaking mountain backdrops to small towns, hectic cities and sacred waterways, Luke in his unique and respectful style will dive head-long into the diverse and colourful society that is India. Luke travels through the three Southern states of India, visiting 11 stunning locations, from the bustling streets of Bangalore and a charming historic harbour town in Fort Kochi, to the tranquil paradise of the Kerala Backwaters. Along with traditional recipes, Luke cooks dishes that are the culmination of his Indian experience and Vietnamese heritage.
He says: "With India always being on my bucket list being given the opportunity to explore its Southern regions, I couldn’t get there quickly enough. With similarities to Southeast Asian ingredients, it piqued my interest even more. The discovery ahead of me, I must admit was daunting. India is entirely foreign to me, so the anticipation for everyone to go on this journey with me is personally so exciting.
"For the viewer, it will be an oasis for the senses. With its depth of culture, history and spicy exotic cuisines, India has left me wanting more of this inspiring sub-continent.”
PARADISE KITCHEN BALI WITH LAUREN CAMILLERI:
Get ready to discover Bali’s vibrant culture, rich traditions and mouth-watering cuisine as Australian-Balinese Chef and host Lauren Camilleri takes you on a tantalising culinary journey through the tropical paradise island of her heritage. Ten-part series, 'Paradise Kitchen Bali with Lauren Camilleri' premieres Thursday, September 21 on SBS Food and SBS On Demand.
Co-creator of Bali’s globally renowned plant-based restaurant, Kynd, Lauren left Australia as an 18-year-old to reconnect with her Balinese heritage and on a mission to make a difference. Since opening her first café, Swich in Legian, she has pursued a passion to reshape people's perceptions of vegan food and showcase the sheer deliciousness of plant-based cuisine. Lauren brings her unwavering passion for food, connection and making a positive impact to the brand-new series.
With a backdrop of lush landscapes and picturesque vistas, 'Paradise Kitchen Bali' offers a captivating blend of exploration, cultural immersion and delectable gastronomy.
Lauren says: "I am so excited 'Paradise Kitchen Bali' is finally here. It's a unique opportunity to share my passion for Bali's culture and cuisine. Viewers can dive deep into the heart of Bali, discovering its soulful essence through the stories, food, rituals and people who make it extraordinary.
"The series isn't just about recipes; it's about gaining a deeper connection with Bali's traditions and offerings, beyond the usual tourist experience. By showcasing the depth of this beautiful island, we aim to unite people and ignite a lasting love for Bali's goodness, creating a bridge between cultures through the shared joy of culinary exploration.”
UNCHARTERED WITH GORDON RAMSEY:
Chef Gordon Ramsay journeys to some of the most incredible and remote locations on Earth in search of culinary inspiration, epic adventures and cultural experiences he will never forget, including our very own Tasmania with AGFG favourite, Sarah Glover.
In season two episode one, while off Tassie’s Cape Frederick Hendrick, the UK-based Chef snorkels for rock lobster then heads to Lake St Claire for speckled trout before heading to remote inland foraging for fresh samphire, native cherries and pepperberry as accompaniments to wild wallaby.
Each episode crescendos at a spectacular last meal cooked for all the Chefs, farmers, cooks and locals he’s met along the way and this superb Tasmania episode finishes with him and Chef Analiese Gregory receiving feedback on their big cookoff in spectacular Dunalley.
'Unchartered' has three seasons and can be streamed on Disney Plus.