Red Lantern owner and Chef, Luke Nguyen escapes the Vietnam heat and visits the town of Dalat in the central highlands. Dalat was the playground of the French in the 20s and 30s, and the cool climate and chalet style architecture are in stark contrast to the rest of the country. Luke visits the famous indoor markets where he buys all his ingredients for a clay pot veggie recipe.
Stefan continues his culinary journey around the world with his most dangerous trip yet: smuggling himself into the jungles of eastern Burma, where the Karen people are fighting a vicious guerrilla war with the Burmese army. He goes on patrol with a Karen rebel group deep into the jungle to check on isolated villages that are under constant threat of attack. There he finds villagers whose fields have been mined to stop them harvesting their crops, and whose homes are often looted by the Burmese army. The patrol must survive on a little rice and what they can catch in the jungle, even if that means eating endangered animals.
In a shock move Demetri and Lila decide to take a three day break at a tropical resort in Mission Beach when the renovations are just getting started. Lila's mum and dad move into the manor to keep an eye on things, but, it's not long before Lila and Demetri realise they need to be hands on. They head back to Melbourne where their complaints about the standard of work leads to a confrontation with the tiling contractor.
Conditions at sea are turning rough as Francesco continues his journey, sailing from Venice to Istanbul. The coastline is stunning but he cannot avoid the scars of war that followed hard on the collapse of Yugoslavia.
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In tonight's episode Stefan visits a camp for internally displaced people in war-torn Northern Uganda, to find out how people survive on meagre UN food rations. The UN gives them just 60% of their daily needs, so where do they find the rest? With rebels patrolling the nearby countryside, finding food is a matter of life and death.
In celebration of the wonderful culture and cuisine of Greece, Chef Barry Vera is back in the kitchen creating some Greek classics, adding his own imaginative twist.
With a self-imposed deadline of six weeks to renovate their new mansion and open it to the public, as a luxury retreat, finding a tiler is becoming a major concern for Demetri and Lila. But, there's a breakthrough with a local plumber, and a family working bee saves the day.
Francesco da Mosto and the crew have hit the open sea and are heading down the Croatian coast. The hard life of a working sailor is creating some problems for our doughty presenter but he's learning the ropes as best he can. His first challenge is to scale the heights of the main mast to hang the Venetian flag aloft. In spite of his best attempt to hide it, it's a terrifying ordeal.
Stefan Gates travels to Venezuela in the midst of a socialist revolution led by President Hugo Chavez. He arrives the day after President Chavez is re-elected and finds a country split down the middle, locked in a battle between rich and poor. Key to this battle is the president's massive redistribution of land and food to the poor, paid for with oil exports. During the trip, Stefan cooks in the slums' soup kitchens, investigates food shortages in subsidised shops, and meets one of the richest men in the country who has been battling with "land invaders" for five years.
In this episode, Kevin McCloud follows a couple, Rob and Alida, from Suffolk who are building an ecologically friendly house. To finance the build, Rob and Alida sell their house and, with their three young daughters, move into a caravan on the site. Prior to starting the project, Rob was made redundant so throughout the process, money is a big problem.
Tonight, Red Lantern owner and Chef, Luke Nguyen, reaches the beautiful beaches of the east coast of Vietnam, stopping to visit relatives in Phan Thiet. At his family's noodle store at a busy market, Luke and his parents prepare a traditional local dish. Then on the waterfront at Mui Ne, he wanders through the chaos of the early morning fish market, then creates a delectable razor clam salad right on the beach. Finally, he prepares traditional rice paper rolls using the freshest of ingredients.
In tonight's episode, with the call to prayer still ringing in his ears, Barry gets to work in the kitchen to let you in on the secrets of preparing a few of his favourite Moroccan dishes.
The stone forest of Meteora is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. Chef Barry Vera explores this amazing location and meets with a monk who is not only a cook but a published author!
How much would you put on the line to realise your lifelong dream? Hairdressing and make-up artists Lila and Demetri Sideropoulos, had a long-term dream - to open a luxury retreat near Melbourne. Then, on a Sunday drive in seaside Mount Martha, Demetri acted on impulse and bid at the auction of an historic mansion called Glynt Manor. Despite having no funds or experience in the hospitality industry, Demetri and Lila set about making their dream come true. The result can be seen in Demetri's Castle.
It is a few days before Francesco da Mosto sets out on the biggest adventure of his life - sailing from Venice to Istanbul - retracing the trade routes of his ancestors in a sailing clipper from the 19th century. But before he leaves his home in Venice there is research to do for the voyage, new skills to acquire - not least gaining the respect of the crew of The White Swan with whom he will spend the next few months in cramped quarters and sometimes dangerous situations as he visits the greatest treasures of the Mediterranean.
In Aleppo, Barry takes a walk through the most authentic market in the Middle East. At ten kilometres long, maybe a new pair of shoes could be handy, and a good soak and steam at the local hammam. Its souks are where you find the very best Syrian street food, and Aladdin's caves of silver and brass, meanwhile nearby Crusader castles are still haunted by a thousand and one knights.
Stefan Gates travels to one of the poorest and most corrupt areas of India, Bihar, where the rural Dalits are locked in a system of poverty and disadvantage. There he engages with one of the lowest sub-sections of the Dalits, the Musahars, or "rat eaters". These desperately poor peasants work the land for landlords, in return for a small portion of rice. To supplement their diet, they catch rats. For eradicating the rodents, the landowners allow them to keep the rats for eating. It's a gruesome perk, but with little other protein available, the rats are a great treat.
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