‘The Incredible Spice Men’ is a new cookery series that makes its debut on Monday (August 19) at 8.30pm on BBC2.
Chefs Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala want to transform the way British dishes are cooked at home. The two old friends believe Britain has some of the best produce in the world but think we are missing a trick when it comes to cooking with spices.
In the first of five 30-minute programmes, Tony and Cyrus visit Hastings in East Sussex, where they spice up locally caught Dover sole with lime and ginger, before taking on traditional fish and chips, creating a spicy marinade for cod fillets.
The pair then travel inland and visit a farmer who breeds rare middle white pigs. After slow-cooking pulled pork with cinnamon and cloves, Tony and Cyrus demonstrate the effect that cinnamon and chilli powder can have on vanilla ice cream.
Throughout their journey, Tony and Cyrus offer practical advice on how to buy, store and utilise spices, showing how easy it is to enhance simple dishes at home.
Tony Singh is one of Scotland’s leading chefs. As a fourth generation Scot who grew up in a traditional Sikh family, he has become renowned for restaurants that combine traditional Scottish produce and techniques with exotic flavours.
Originally from Bombay, Cyrus Todiwala OBE is a multi-award-winning chef who was chosen to cook the Queen’s Jubilee Banquet last year. He has a series of acclaimed London restaurants, all defined by his passion for combining the best of British produce with Indian techniques and spices.