Datum: 13.04.2006

Quelle: Tourism New Zealand


New Zealand’s food and wine will star in the fourth series of the internationally popular Australian television show Surfing the Menu.

And for the first time a Kiwi will co-host the eight part series.

Twenty-nine year old chef and keen surfer Mark Gardner will join London-based Australian Ben O’Donoghue on a gastronomic tour of New Zealand, focusing on great New Zealand food, wine, scenery, and the Kiwi characters they meet along the way.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive George Hickton says ”This is a significant first for New Zealand. The series will introduce millions throughout our key markets, including the US and UK, to our outstanding food and wine”.

Mark and Ben will travel around the country showcasing a variety of New Zealand products that will provide the base for their creative cuisine, including saffron, baby paua (abalone), indigenous herbs, organic wine, persimmons, chilli, venison, hazelnut oil, salmon, kumara, balsamic vinegar, avocado oil, scallops and crayfish.

Along with the cooking segments Mark and Ben will also take on adventures such as shark cage diving, gliding, surfing, fishing, diving, helicopter adventures and mountain biking.

New Zealander Mark Gardner became involved when Aussie Chef Curtis Stone, co-host of the first three series of Surfing the Menu had a clash of dates due to the filming of another television series overseas.

The show will screen on the ABC network in Australia in December and January 2006 then internationally in regions including the United Kingdom most of Asia and Europe as well as TV3 in New Zealand.

Tourism New Zealand is supporting the Surfing the Menu production team as part of its International Media Programme.

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