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CNN celebrates global cuisine with a new show

MUMBAI: News broadcaster CNN International is celebrating world cuisine with a new series that explores a different destination each month through the dish that has helped put it on the map.

Starting 6 March at 10 pm, each episode of ‘Culinary Journeys’ will feature a different world-renowned, respected chef, on a journey to explore the cuisine of one of the world’s food hotspots. In each 30-minute show, this cookery travelogue broadcast on CNN International will see a chef leave the bustle of their own kitchen to discover the ingredients, techniques and heritage that contribute to a culinary experience in another country.

First up is Massimo Bottura, the three Michelin-star chef from Modena, Northern Italy, who combines inspiration from contemporary art with Italy’s rich gastronomic heritage to create dishes that play with Italian traditions.

Future episodes will feature chefs from around the globe including Hong Kong’s Vicky Lau, recently crowned Asia’s Best Female Chef; Indian chef Gaggan Anand; London’s Michel Roux Jr.; San Francisco’s Dominique Crenn; San Sebastian’s Elena Arzak; and Sao Paulo’s Alex Atala. They will travel to destinations including the Chinese city of Hangzhou, Paris, the Basque Country in Spain, and Brazil’s Amazon forest to find out more about a particular dish or cuisine and the city or region it comes from.

CNN International senior VP, managing editor Ellana Lee said, “ ‘Culinary Journeys’ is a sumptuous and colourful show that gives our viewers a fresh perspective on new cuisines, foods and cooking techniques from all over the world. Seeing a country or city’s cuisine through the eyes of a world famous chef will be a unique take on the food and culture that can define a travel destination. The first episode really sets a benchmark as CNN is the exclusive travel companion of three Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura in his own personal culinary journey.”

Alongside the show, CNN.com will publish material offering insight and profiles about the featured destinations and chefs. Original travel stories will be accompanied by photo galleries, informative maps and extensive social content. These, plus video clips from the show, will be presented on a special website created exclusively for the show.