British channel Good Food, part of the UKTV network, has commissioned James Martin’s United Cakes of America, a 15-part series following the UK chef as he drives across the East Coast, sampling desserts in each state.
The 15 x 30-minute Outline Productions series is set to air in the first quarter of 2013. In each episode, Martin will drive a classic car through cities and towns, tasting New York cheesecakes, apple pie, red velvet cake and more, learning from the home cooks and professional bakers who claim they have the secret to making the best desserts. He will also add his own spin to favorite American recipes.
In addition to well-known treats like apple pie, Martin will also feature the lesser-known, like the Pumpple cake and Shoofly pie.
“James Martin’s United Cakes of America will be a great addition to the content we’re offering our viewers in 2013. The combination of James and lots of delicious cake recipes will appeal to both serious foodies and those who enjoy entertaining food programming,” said Good Food general manager Clare Laycock, who ordered the series.
Senior commissioning editor Catherine Catton added: “American cakes and desserts have had such an impact on British culture recently – with cupcakes and whoopee pies becoming big trends. James Martin’s United Cakes of America gives viewers a great opportunity to see the secrets behind these recipes and how James’ British versions fare in comparison.”
It will be overseen by UKTV’s commissioning executive Victoria Barimore, and executive produced by Bridget Boseley. The series producer is Marc Beers.