British multi-channel operator UKTV has ordered a culinary travelogue featuring MasterChef presenter John Torode for its Good Food network.
Produced by Blink Films, John Torode’s Middle East (10 x 30 minutes) features the chef as he travels across the region to find delicious eats. Torode will unearth the Middle East’s best recipes, meet local chefs, and offer tips to viewers who want to recreate some of the meals at home.
Previously on Good Food, Torode explored the culinary dishes of Asia, Korea, Malaysia and Australia.
John Torode’s Middle East was ordered by Good Food’s channel director, Vicky Walker, and UKTV commissioning editor, Kirsty Hanson, who also serves as executive producer.
The funding deal was brokered by producers of the show, Blink Films and UKTV’s senior commercial partnerships manager, Kate Norum.
Financial support for John Torode’s Middle East comes from the Egyptian tourist board, with five episodes being filmed in the country.
Additional funding has been secured through the Maltese, Bahrain and Dubai tourist boards as well as Rixos The Palm Dubai, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and Radisson Blu Dubai.
Blue Ant Media is handling the series’ international distribution.
John Torode’s Middle East will premiere on Good Food later this year before airing on UKTV’s W channel.