National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) six-hour miniseries Eat: The Story of Food, featuring interviews with such international “foodie” stars as Rachael Ray, Ruth Reichl and Nigella Lawson, has been slated for November.
From November 21-23, NGC will air a nightly pair of 60-minute episodes that delve into the history of food. Produced by National Geographic Studios in associated with Creative Differences, Eat: The Story of Food will unveil how the ingredients that comprise our meals and methods of preparing them have evolved, from discovering how to cook with fire to the latest in laboratory-enhanced meats, fruits and vegetables, and the role food plays in defining human civilization and global cultures.
The series kicks off with the premiere of Food Revolutionaries on November 21 at 9 p.m. EST/PST and a look at some historic innovators, ranging from Julia Child (pictured above), one of TV’s first culinary superstars, through to Chef Hector Boiardi, one of the first to distribute processed food with his mass-produced spaghetti sauce.
The series will also highlight meat (Carnivores, November 21), sugar (Sugar Rushes, November 22), seafood (Sea Changes, same night), and processed food (Guilty Pleasures, November 23) before concluding with grain (Staffs of Life, same night).
Adding in their collective observations through the six-hour event are nearly 70 chefs, food experts, authors and scientists, including Simon Majumdar, Eric Ripert, Iron Chef Mashahuru Morimoto and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.
Eat: The Story of Food is also part of an NGC and National Geographic Society multi-platform initiative to explore the future of food and our connection to it, commencing with an eight-month series of National Geographic articles tackling the subject of feeding the world population. The magazine’s coverage is available as a free iPad app at natgeofoodapp.com, and the initiative also incorporates a website (natgeofood.com), two books, an education curriculum, events and exhibits.
The series will also air internationally via National Geographic Channels, and on the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo, before being released on DVD on December 16, 2014.