ITV has commissioned a new entertainment show hosted by double BAFTA award winning broadcaster, artist and TV chef Big Zuu.

Big Zuu’s 12 Dishes in 12 Hours will air on ITV1 and ITVX in 2024 and is co-produced by Twofour and Zuu’s new TV production label Big Productions.

In the new six part series Big Zuu will take celebrity guests on a quest across Europe to get a true flavour of each city through sampling the delights of its local delicacies. Big Zuu will teach his famous travel companions everything they need to know about a place through tasting 12 dishes.

Whether it’s trying local street food or uncovering new gastronomic trends, through his culinary lens Zuu will guide both viewers and his celebrity guests across a number of cities as they seek out the destinations hidden gems, food markets, local eateries and fine dining restaurants showcasing a never before seen side to some of Europe’s most vibrant destinations.

Big Zuu said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to have my own food travelogue so I’m gassed to finally be able to announce this new show! I feel like travelling the world and eating food was the natural next step for me and the audience who have followed me since the beginning of my TV career. I’m also excited that this series  is a co-pro with my own production label Big Productions and TwoFour. I’m so grateful to itv and Natalie Rose for making this happen!”

Big Zuu’s 12 Dishes in 12 Hours is a co-production between Twofour (part of ITV Studios) and Big Productions and will air on ITV1 and ITVX. The show was commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV and Natalie Rose, Entertainment Commissioner at ITV and is executive produced by Dan Adamson (for Twofour) and Alex Gilman (for Big Productions), the Production Executive is Lucy Blatch (for Twofour).

Entertainment Commissioner at ITV Natalie Rose said: “It’s great to be working with Zuu, Twofour and Big Productions again, and an exciting time to bring Zuu’s infectious warmth and humour to ITV. From fine dining to mouth-watering street food, 12 Dishes combines Zuu’s love for food and travel, taking his culinary passion further than ever before- and for the first time, beyond UK shores. This really is a delightfully original and fresh format that will inform on the best places to eat abroad. Of course entertainment, warmth and humour will be XXL.”

Jon Creamer

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