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Coming to ITV1 and ITVX in early 2024 is a brand new series fronted by two of ITV’s most loved presenters Ainsley Harriott and Jimmy Doherty.

The two five-part programmes, Ainsley’s Taste of Malta and Jimmy Doherty’s Taste of Florida will take viewers on a culinary journey from two of the most exciting places for creative and diverse menus.

The ‘Taste of...’ travelogue will first welcome Ainsley Harriott as he makes his way around Malta’s cultural melting pot, where thousands of years of history have given rise to an eclectic food scene.

With his trademark warmth and enthusiasm, Ainsley will celebrate the most famous places in Malta and surrounding islands, as well as going off the beaten track to reveal hidden gems, immersing himself in local communities and meeting some real characters.

Ainsley’s Maltese recipes will be packed full of the mouth-watering flavours that Malta has to offer from the following cities and islands; Valletta, Gozo, Comino, Mdina and Birgu. Jimmy Doherty will then fulfil a childhood dream by taking a gastronomic tour of Florida!

Within the five-episode series, Jimmy will explore Florida’s exciting culinary scene which is made up of influences from Spain, Greece, Jamaica, Cuba and African-American communities. Matched by its rich culinary heritage, the Floridian sunshine will serve as inspiration for Jimmy’s recipes, as he serves up dishes from slick city kitchens to campfires under the stars.

In classic food travelogue style, Jimmy will cook and eat his way around some of Florida’s most epic landscapes, from speeding across the Everglades on an Airboat to cruising the Keys on a Harley, checking out the nightlife in Miami to cowboying Florida-style.

Ainsley’s Taste of Malta and Jimmy Doherty’s Taste of Florida were made by Rock Oyster Media and produced by David Nottage and Charlotte Davis. Commissioned by Leanne Clarke, ITV Entertainment.

Ainsley Harriott said: “I was thrilled to be asked to share some of Malta’s tastiest culinary stories with ITV viewers. We all know Malta for its incredible history and fantastic weather, but for a relatively small country, it really packs a punch food-wise too, with so much to discover for a hungry traveller like me! The people, places and flavours of Malta were a revelation, so I really hope people will try my Maltese-inspired recipes at home.”

Jimmy Doherty said, “I love the USA but didn’t know Florida well, so I jumped at the chance to explore a favourite holiday destination for Brits through its food…and it didn’t disappoint! From boiled peanuts to Michelin-starred fine dining and everything in between, Florida has a great food story to tell. I’m a cook rather than a chef, so I was on the lookout for simple, accessible, easy dishes that anyone can have a go at, and of course, I met some great characters along the way too!”

David Nottage said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work once more with the brilliant Ainsley Harriott on the Malta series, and to welcome Jimmy Doherty to the Rock Oyster family as he explores Florida!”

Watch Ainsley’s Taste of Malta and Jimmy Doherty’s Taste of Florida on ITV1 and ITVX in early 2024.


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