Top chefs and great friends Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn return to UTV this Monday night (16 April) at 8pm with a new eight part series. Paul and Nick’s Big Food Trip New Zealand sees the dynamic duo embarking on a culinary road trip following the trail of the Ulster Scots who travelled and settled in New Zealand.
As the chefs hit the road on yet another culinary venture, they are taking in the breathtaking vistas and farmlands of New Zealand where they are cooking fantastic meals for the descendants of the Ulster Scots and Scottish pioneers who helped build this great country.
Their journey takes them the length of the country, from the tropical climate of Auckland in the north, to the more mountainous climes of Dunedin and Queenstown in the south.
Both chefs get to meet local people with historical connections to Irish and Scottish immigrants who settled in New Zealand, bringing with them a traditional Ulster-Scots knowledge of food.
The series kicks off in the Bay of Plenty on the east coast of North Island cooking for descendants of George Vesey Stewart. Originally from Tyrone, Stewart was responsible for enticing dozens of Ulster families to emigrate to New Zealand in the 1870s, building a community around the small town of Katikati. On the menu are avocado, Manuka honey and shorthorn beef, and the chefs get an unwelcome visit in the kitchen from the local Fire Brigade.
Terry Brennan, Head of News and Programmes, UTV said:
“Paul and Nick’s Big Food Trips are hugely popular with our audience, and this New Zealand trip will not disappoint. In this series they visit both North and South islands, meeting amazing food producers and cooking special meals for some Ulster-Scots descendants which our viewers are sure to enjoy.”
Paul and Nick’s Big Food Trip New Zealand is produced by Waddell Media and received funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund. The programme, sponsored by Harry Corry, will broadcast on UTV this Monday (16th April) at 8pm.