Planet Food Series 1

  • Travel, Food
  • 10 Episodes

From the creators of GlobeTrekker, Planet Food is an internationally-acclaimed series that takes a bite out of every corner on Earth. A feast for the senses, this long-running program uncovers the unique stories behind some of the world’s most unique dishes - from the unexpected origins of Hot Chicken in the American South, to the inimitable concoction that created one of the most unlikely drinks in Eastern Europe. Featuring notable hosts such as Bobby Chinn, Tyler Florence, and Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi, Planet Food has given viewers a true taste of the exotic for over 15 years.


1. Southern Spain

Padma Lakshmi traverses across Southern Spain, delving deep into the roots of the region’s unique gastronomic traditions. Along the way, she tastes the refined seaside sherry known as Manzanilla, shops the abundance of fresh ingredients at Juarez’s central market, attends a saffron picking contest in La Mancha, and more.

2. Southern India

South Indian cuisine contains a plethora of influences, including the region’s hot climate, Ayurvedic medicine, and the Hindu religion. Padma Lakshmi explores the origins of the country’s signature fare - from a spicy breakfast of Banglor’s masala dosas, to Kerala’s sweet and sour fish-based dish known as meen molee.

3. Morocco

The distinctive ingredients and unique techniques of Moroccan cooking have made the subtle but inventive cuisine the taste of the time. Ben O’Donoghue takes viewers on a mouth-watering journey through the North African country. From Ramadan’s hearty soup known as harira, to the vibrant street food of Marrakech’s medina, Moroccan cuisine is truly a culinary adventure.

4. Burgundy

Celebrated for its delectable dishes and known worldwide for its namesake beverage, Burgundy in France is famous for some of the most delicious food and wine in the world. Merrilees Parker sets out on a mission to find what makes Burgundy’s culinary landscape internationally recognized, from the rustic tarts of Beaune to the anise candies of Flavigny.

5. Italy

Tyler Florence travels across the decadent country of Italy to indulge in its signature cuisine. Rooted in simple culinary tradition, Italian cooking is inspired by the provisions of the land, and transformed into dishes exported worldwide. From the delicatessens of Bologna to the creamy gelato of Tuscany, to dine in Italy is to truly understand what celebrating food is all about.

6. Thailand

Thai food is a feast for all the senses, and one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Merrilees Parker sets out to find what makes Thai cuisine so original and utterly irresistible. Along the way, she learns to make banana fritters from a street vendor in Bangkok, gathers fresh coconuts on the coast, and prepares Tom Yum soup with the guidance of a local chef.

7. Mexico

When the Spanish first set foot in Mexico in the 16th century, one of the greatest culinary adventures began. Tyler Florence sets off on a mission to explore Mexico’s most vibrant flavors and cuisine. Along the way, he hits the colonial town of Puebla for chocolate and chiles, tries the Caribbean taste of the Port of Veracruz, and more.

8. Germany

The home of pretzels, frankfurters, potato salad, and some of the world’s best cakes, wines, beers, and more - Germany is celebrated worldwide for its great meals and its big drinks. Merrilees Parker attends Oktoberfest in Munich, learns the traditional way to make sauerkraut, and visits a potato hotel in the countryside.

9. Caribbean

Famous for its lush tropical landscape, sunny skies and turquoise seas, the Caribbean is home to some of the world’s best fusion cuisine. Merrilees Parker explores its culinary landscape, where she discovers multitudes of influences, sometimes all in the same dish. Along the way, Merrilees tours the Santurce Market, indulges in Guadeloupe’s fruit tarts, and celebrates Carnival with the locals.

10. Brazil

Brazil offers a cuisine rich in regional variety, and as vibrant and colorful as the country itself. Merrilees Parker sets out to discover what makes Brazil a food lover’s dream. From learning to make Bahian moqueca, to journeying into the Amazon jungle for some of the world’s most extraordinary fruits, Merrilees explores the sights and flavors that make Brazil a true culinary adventure.