In this new series GÇÿLuke NguyenGÇÖs United KingdomGÇÖ, Luke embarks on a culinary exploration around the UK unearthing the unique, the quirky and mouth-watering food delicacies of this historic and fascinating island. The series begins in London, now widely acknowledged as one of the worldGÇÖs great food capitals, then heading southwest to the breathtaking counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire where Luke is taught how to cook an authentic GÇÿLardy CakeGÇÖ. Amongst the crystal clear waters and towering cliffs of Cornwall, Luke hops on a local fishing boat to catch the freshest of seafood then learns the secrets of the traditional Cornish pasty. After exploring the southern counties, Luke ventures north into Wales and uncovers the new craze of pop up restaurants sweeping the UK. Next itGÇÖs into the fresh crisp air of the Welsh countryside as Luke is taught fly-fishing. Heading north through the breathtaking Lake District in Cumbria Luke meets a very special lady whoGÇÖs passion for Cumbrian inspired food was rewarded with an OBE from the Queen. Completing the northern leg of his journey Luke arrives on ScotlandGÇÖs stunning Isle of Bute, where he chases succulent langoustines, goes foraging through the local clear coastal waters collecting seaweed and explores one of the most significant houses in Scotland. Then travelling eastward Luke heads to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, where he checks out the historic landmarks, Scots Monument and Edinburgh Castle. To conclude his Scottish adventure Luke indulges in the finer side of Scottish cuisine as he is treated to a whiskey tasting in the famous 5 star Balmoral Hotel then is shown how to make the famous Scottish delicacy; GÇÿHAGGISGÇÖ. On the return leg Luke winds his way southwards through the picturesque countryside of historic Northumberland and is entertained by the gracious Duchess of Northumberland. After an enthralling tour of the GÇÿpoison gardenGÇÖ in the grounds of her home, Alnwick Castle, Luke cooks a mouth-watering salad dish for the Duchess using locally grown fresh produce. Still in Northumberland but heading further south Luke has to visit the world famous Roman structure GÇÿHadrianGÇÖs WallGÇÖ where he takes the opportunity to cook a recipe on the wall fit for a Roman centurion. Amongst the rich 19th and 20th century architecture Luke meets ManchesterGÇÖs GÇÿMr PiemanGÇÖ, unbeknown to Luke he was inspired by his Vietnamese Pho recipe to produce the first and now very popular GÇÿPho PieGÇÖ. Next on the list of must visits in Manchester is the Chop House Public House where Luke learns how to cook the local dish Corned Beef Hash and he then explores one of ManchesterGÇÖs busiest restaurant strips; Curry Mile. Leaving Manchester Luke returns to London to complete his journey and reflects on his findings; on his return to London Luke discovers the quirky, the interesting and the famous, which encompasses the food landscape right across the UK. Following the popular 5th series, Luke NguyenGÇÖs France, which explored the culinary influences that shaped Vietnam, LukeGÇÖs ancestral home, this new series peels back the layers of the UK food identity. With his heritage never too far away, coupled with his passion for food, Luke unearths the multicultural diversity that has changed the tastebuds in the United Kingdom.
Luke Nguyen's United Kingdom