Jamie Oliver is to travel the Mediterranean in search of traditional and  innovative ways of cooking in a brand-new series for Channel 4.

In Jamie Cooks The Mediterranean, a four-part series made by Jamie Oliver Productions, the chef explores the Med from Greece to Tunisia, Spain and France.

Visiting a variety of settings, from diverse urban areas to coastal locations, he will meet people from a range of cultures and taste his way around the destinations.

Bringing a taste of holiday at home, Jamie uses what he learns in each country as inspiration to create new recipes, ranging from smoky aubergine flatbread inspired by Greece and crispy prawn parcels drizzled with harissa dreamt up in Tunisia, to a  pork chop with chargrilled peppers courtesy of Spain and a courgette, goat’s cheese and olive tapenade tart created in France.

Samantha Beddoes, Executive Producer for Jamie Oliver Productions, said: “We’re really excited to see Jamie out and about again, rolling up his sleeves along with cooks and foodies from all over the Mediterranean to explore the way each country uses ingredients differently and creatively. This series is about honouring the traditional methods and getting excited by new ones to help bring us all a taste of holiday whilst we’re home.”

Tim Hancock, Commissioning Editor for Channel 4, said: “Jamie’s been going from strength to strength in his series for us, and this is a really beautiful travelogue showcasing techniques and recipes even the most avid foodie might have missed, and some ingenious recipes from Jamie.”

Jamie Cooks The Mediterranean is a 4×60 series commissioned for Channel 4 by Tim Hancock, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment. It is made by Jamie Oliver Productions and the Executive Producer is Samantha Beddoes, with Jamie Hammick as Series Director and Katie Millard as Series Producer.

Jamie Cooks The Mediterranean will air on Channel 4 this autumn.

Pippa Considine

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