Following the success of his ‘French Adventure’ broadcast last year, celebrity chef James Martin set off on another culinary expedition yesterday afternoon (Monday, February 12) in a new series of one-hour episodes for ITV which air daily at 2pm.
‘James Martin’s American Adventure’ is a road trip across the US, taken in a variety of machines from a classic Harley Davidson to an Aston Martin, a giant pickup truck and a 1970s Pontiac.
Starting yesterday in California, James and his crew headed down the West Coast taking in the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles, before swinging inland and heading for Texas.
He will stop off at Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas before travelling across the American South. In Louisiana, James experiences everything that Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Avery Island and The Sugar Belt have to offer.
Finally he heads to the north-east – to Philadelphia, Salem, Boston and the Hamptons – ending his epic journey in New York.
ITV said: ‘By exploring food which is more surprising, exciting, diverse and enthralling than any of us can imagine, James will get under the skin of a nation perhaps more troubled and divided than it has been for a generation, discovering that it can still amaze the spirited traveller with a dizzying range of fantastic cuisine and bucket list experiences… many of which James has a go at. From surfing on the Pacific Coast to line dancing, ranch skills and baseball, James tries his hand at classic all-American pastimes.
‘From the exquisite craft of chef Thomas Keller in California or chef Daniel Boulud in New York, to American classics such as barbecued ribs, giant steaks and even a whole smoked cow’s head, James conjures up a vision of the food scene in the US that is both unexpected and enthralling – adding his own versions of classic dishes, both on the road and back in his UK kitchen.’