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James Martin's American Adventure

  • Episode: 

    11 of 20

  • Title: 

    Eps 11-15
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 26 Feb 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 09 2018 : Sat 24 Feb - Fri 02 Mar
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Series overview
Following the success of his French Adventure, chef James Martin is setting off on the next leg of his journey - the U S of A. 
This is a trip that James has been longing to take and it’s a road trip as road trips are meant to be! He’ll travel with a range of different machines, from a classic Harley Davidson to an Aston Martin, a giant Pickup Truck and a 70s Pontiac. 
Starting in California, James and his trusty crew will head down the West Coast taking in the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles, before swinging inland and heading for Texas. He’ll stop off at Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas before his travels see him heading across the American South. In Louisiana, James experiences everything Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Avery Island and The Sugar Belt have to offer. Finally he heads to the North East, to Philadelphia, Salem, Boston and the Hamptons, ending the epic trip in New York.
By exploring food which is more surprising, exciting, diverse and enthralling than any of us imagine, James will get under the skin of a nation perhaps more troubled and divided than it has been for a generation, discovering that it can still amaze the spirited traveller with a dizzying range of fantastic cuisine and bucket list experiences… many of which James has a go at. From Surfing on the Pacific Coast to line dancing, ranch skills to baseball, James tries his hand at classic All-American pastimes.
From the exquisite craft of Thomas Keller in California or Daniel Boulud in New York, to American classics like barbecued ribs, giant steaks and even a whole smoked cow’s head, James conjures up a vision of the food scene in the USA both unexpected and enthralling, adding his own versions of classic dishes both on the road and back in his UK kitchen.
Monday 26th February – New Orleans
James Martin drives into New Orleans in a 1970’s Pontiac, continuing his American Adventure, and he’s in for a massive foodie hit in the city known as “The Big Easy”. After delving into a roadside seafood market, James cooks in the famous Louis Armstrong Park and meets The Songbird of New Orleans, singer Robin Barnes. Lunch is courtesy of local favourite The Palace Café, where redfish is on the menu. And no visit to New Orleans would be complete without a taste of local specialities like the po boy sandwich and sweet begniets. James finishes his stay by cooking on a balcony in the centre of The French Quarter and sipping of one of the local cocktails.
Tuesday 27th February – Plantation Country
Louisiana’s lush plantation country is the next stop. Famous for its sugar productions, the area boasts beautiful plantation houses, rich in history. James arrives in style in a red Mustang and visits historic Houmas House where he cooks in the house’s beautiful gardens before sampling local speciality, gumbo at the hands of the house’s resident chef. Along with a rich history come the ghosts of the past, so James is taken on a ghost tour to find out about the people who once lived and work on the property.
Wednesday 28st February – Lafayette
James Martin’s American Adventure continues with a drive towards Louisiana’s swamplands, where he ditches his car for a high-speed boat. The unique watery wonderland provides James with the perfect location to cook a stunning recipe. He just has to make sure he avoids the alligators. James also discovers nearby Lafayette, a city with a great foodie legacy, where he visits family run smokehouse Johnson’s Boucaniere. There he meets father and daughter Wallace and Lori, and tastes their traditional homemade sausage. For dessert, James tries ice cream from the legendary Borden’s ice cream parlour. Once back on the swamps, James tries to find the local wildlife and cooks one final dish.
Thursday 1st March – Avery Island
James continues his American Adventure with a trip to an island that’s not actually an island. Avery Island is a large salt mound, and the home of the chilli peppers used to make Tabasco sauce. James meets the family who farm the peppers, make the sauce and run the Tabasco company and he’s even granted access to the pepper fields to cook two amazing dishes. James experiences an epic trip on a fan-boat and gets to the mash house, where the peppers are turned into sauce.
Friday 2nd March – Baton Rouge
James Martin ventures into Louisiana’s state capital Baton Rouge to experience a unique American phenomenon - tailgating. It’s the day of a big football match at Louisiana State University, and the LSU Tigers are playing in front of thousands of fans. But the party gets started early! It seems the whole city is out to play and ready to tailgate!. Surrounded by people barbecuing, cooking and sharing food from the back of their pick-up trucks, James joins in and cooks up a storm ahead of the game. He also takes time out to visit a Baton Rouge-based oyster restaurant specialising in North American varieties. Hunger satisfied, James gets back to the game to see the LSU Tigers play.