Good Food commissions John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure from Cactus TV

14 July 2015.

John Torode returns to Good Food with his Malaysian Adventure, a 10-part series filmed throughout Malaysia and the UK. Following the success of John Torode's Australia this is the acclaimed chef's highly individual take on the cuisine that inspires and fascinates him.

In this mouth-watering show, we see the renowned international chef setting off on an exploration of the vibrant and varied cuisine of Malaysia. This AFP follows John as he travels throughout the country from the capital Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi island off the Northern coast. He'll be cooking with local chefs, meeting celebrity restaurateurs, visiting colourful night markets and exploring the impact of history and culture on the evolution of Malaysian food. Following his nose wherever it takes him, the series will have a real sense of culinary adventure. Back in the UK, the much-loved chef will be re-imagining Malaysian cuisine inspired by his journey and creating a whole array of delicious recipes for viewers to try themselves.

Good Food has commissioned this exclusive series from Cactus TV in association with MATRADE, the national trade promotion agency of Malaysia. The series has been ordered by Good Food's General Manager, Emma Ayech and the deal was coordinated by UKTV's Commercial Partnerships Manager, Kate Norum with Stuart Knight from whynot! MATRADE's retained promotions agency.

Kate Norum comments,

We are delighted to be partnering with MATRADE again on this fresh new look at Malaysian cuisine. We're looking forward to collaborating with them, creating some fantastic original content and helping to further amplify their Malaysian Kitchen initiative.

The series will be overseen by UKTV Commissioning Executive Victoria Summer and is directed and produced by Cactus TV's David Robertson. The Executive Producer is Amanda Ross.

Celebrating its 21st year in 2015, Cactus TV is a dynamic, creative and highly successful independent TV production company specialising in popular entertainment programming. Recent production credits for UKTV include The Roux Scholarship, The Roux Legacy, Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation and three series fronted by Rachel Allen. Other ongoing credits include Saturday Kitchen Live for the BBC, and the Aled Jones-fronted chat show Weekend for ITV.

Amanda Ross, Joint Managing Director of Cactus, said,

We are thrilled to be embarking on a Malaysian adventure with the wonderful John Torode. With his passion, enthusiasm, curiosity and know-how, we can't think of a better chef to unlock this fascinating country and its vibrant, exciting cuisine.

MATRADE Trade Commissioner, Khairul Nizam Moonier said,

Matrade is proud to be showcasing the very best of Malaysian cuisine with this in-depth exploration by John Torode. His passion for our country is infectious and we are excited to see the effect it has on the UK public embracing Malaysian cuisine as one of the fastest rising food trends. Our focus is on the exportation of Malaysian food and beverage products to the UK, so that the UK consumers can bring a taste of Malaysia into their home.

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