Acclaimed chef Madhur Jaffrey (pictured) is to star in a travel show for British cooking channel Good Food.
The UKTV-owned cable net has commissioned Cactus TV to produce Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation (working title), a 10 x 30-minute series in which the actress, TV chef and food writer embarks on a personal trip around the United Kingdom to explore the impact South Asian food has had on Britons’ diets since she introduced the cuisine to many in the country three decades ago.
The series, which will premiere in the fourth quarter of 2012, was commissioned by UKTV senior commissioning editor Catherine Catton and ordered by Good Food general manager Clare Laycock.
“In 2012 it’s possible to sample the whole of Indian cuisine without leaving the British Isles and who better to explore this, than Madhur Jaffrey herself?” said Laycock in a statement. “When Cactus TV brought us this idea, we were instantly sold.”
The network’s website, goodfoodchannel.co.uk, will complement the show with bonus footage of Jaffrey cooking her signature dishes, along with the recipes.
Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation will be produced for Good Food by Duncan Barnes and executive produced by Amanda Ross from Cactus TV. Catton and commissioning executive Victoria Barimore will oversee the series on the UKTV side.