Six incredible cities, twelve emotive families and food cooked with a passion is the recipe for this year’s third season of Tastes Like Home with Catherine Fulvio. The popular TV series, sponsored for the third successive season by Londis, returns to RTE ONE on Monday 5th November for six consecutive weeks, promising a serving of delicious recipes steeped in tradition and a flavour of incredible culture and sights from locations right across the world.
Hosted by well-loved Chef Catherine Fulvio, the Tastes Like Home team travelled down under to New Zealand and Australia, as well as closer to home by going across Europe to Sweden, Cyprus and Gran Canaria, to capture six (6 episodes) individual stories, from contestants who refuse to let the physical distance from home curb their appetite for a home-cooked meal, a taste of home.
As well as re-creating familiar, hearty recipes for loved ones living abroad, the show introduces a series of national dishes and traditional favourites from right across the globe, from the flat white coffee claimed by the Kiwis, to the sweet potato Kumaras found in Maori cooking or the smoky flavours of the traditional ‘Kleftiko’ cooked in a clay oven and traditionally served at Cypriot weddings.
“Highlights from this year’s show include the taste of reindeer, bear and moose in Stockholm, learning about “wrinkly potatoes” in Gran Canaria as well as eating in one of the highest regarded restaurants in the whole world in Melbourne,” commented presenter Catherine Fulvio.
Apart from the buffet of culinary delights, viewers will also receive a flavour of the culture of many of the contestants’ foreign homes and the traditions of their friends and families.
“This series features a really great variety of stories. Viewers will learn about the culture of growing up in a Maori community, see a welcome Haka performed in New Zealand, and get a sense of the hustle and bustle of the second biggest fish market in the world in Sydney, as well as seeing the beauty of Stockholm and their subway art”, continued Catherine.
The first episode introduces contestant Liz from Cabinteely, whose son James lives in Wellington, and dreams of the flavours of Fish Molee curry, which Liz lovingly prepares from ingredients sourced at her local Londis store in Cornelscourt.
The second episode begins overseas in Stockholm, where we meet Anders who teaches us how to cook a Swedish Smörgåsbord with meatballs, lingonberry jelly and pickled cucumbers for his daughter Marie who now lives in the Gap of Dunloe in Kerry. Anders shows Catherine the old town and encourages her to eat some very unique foods before checking in to a hotel that used to be an airplane.
Episode three features mother and daughter Kate and Sarah, Catherine gets a tour of "the Rocks" goes backstage in the Sydney Opera House, meets an Irish Sydney Swan and gets to eat at 12-Micron.
Episode four is centered around sisters Niki and Jill who live in Bray and Gran Canaria respectively and their love of a family favourite dish pork stuffed with prunes. In Gran Canaria, Catherine visits Europe’s only coffee plantation, and samples “wrinkly potatoes”, before visiting a rum distillery.
Father and daughter Lorcan and Colleen are the stars of the second last episode, when viewers are treated to the Cypriot national dish, Kleftiko, and Catherine learns the secrets to making halloumi cheese.
The final episode sees Catherine visit Felicity in Cavan before traveling to Melbourne, to see Eoin & Jultz and they all visit the real Ramsey Street and hang out with the cast on the set of Neighbours television show, before lunching on a colonial tramcar and eating some of the best dumplings ever.
Tastes Like Home is proudly sponsored by Londis, for the third year running. Commenting, Conor Hayes, Londis Sales Director, said, “The Irish are no strangers to the emotional relationship between food and family, and it’s this local connection that inspires our commitment to the sponsorship of the show year on year. Much like Londis, Catherine values quality, local produce and bringing fresh contemporary ideas to the table, so it’s a perfect match for us to partner with.”
Tastes Like Home Series III Running Order
19.30pm RTE 1 Ep1 Nov 05th Cabinteely / New Zealand
19.30pm RTE 1 Ep2 Nov 12th Stockholm / Kerry
19.30pm RTE 1 Ep3 Nov 19th Lusk / Sydney
19.30pm RTE 1 Ep4 Nov 26th Wicklow / Gran Canaria
19.30pm RTE 1 Ep5 Dec 03rd Mayo / Cyprus
19.30pm RTE 1 Ep6 Dec 10th Cavan / Melbourne