Off the Fence picks up Kenyan cooking show

Anglo-Dutch producer-distributor Off the Fence has made a deal with African pay-TV channel Zuku to distribute Tales from the Bush Larder worldwide. (Pictured: Show host Kiran Jethwa)
August 15, 2012

Anglo-Dutch producer-distributor Off the Fence has made a deal with African pay-TV channel Zuku to distribute Tales from the Bush Larder worldwide.

The 13 x 24-minute series, which takes viewers on a culinary tour of Kenya, was coproduced by Zuku and Kenya-based Quite Bright Films, and is one of the first original titles Zuku has been involved in.

Off The Fence will be responsible for worldwide distribution for a five-year period, while Zuku will handle distribution within Africa.

Each episode sees Kenyan chef Kiran Jethwa (pictured above) meeting locals and harvesting ingredients such as Nile perch from Lake Turkana, African wild honey and wild fowl, Swahili prawns, Dorobo lamb, and then making a “bush meal” amongst the Kenyan backdrop. Another meal is then prepared in a restaurant.

Tales from the Bush Larder will air on Zuku Afrika beginning on September 6 and will be available for international broadcast in December.

“We are sure that Tales from the Bush Larder will appeal to a worldwide audience and are pleased to have secured the rights to distribute this visually stunning and content rich program. We already have a longstanding, ongoing relationship with Zuku so we’re delighted to be working with them once again,” said Darrel James, COO of Off The Fence.

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