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James Martin's American Adventure

  • Episode: 

    16 of 20

  • Title: 

    Eps 16 - 20
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 05 Mar 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 10 2018 : Sat 03 Mar - Fri 09 Mar
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  • Status: 

    Last in series
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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 5th March – Boston
James Martin hits the East coast with a visit to the historic city of Boston. James’s adventure in the city starts with a shopping spree in the public market, ahead of cooking with local ingredients. James also visits an innovative restaurant where cocktails are often inhaled rather than drunk, and baked goods are supplied by Joanne Chang, the Harvard graduate who has made a name for herself with a string of successful bakeries around the city. James’s tour of the city wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, where he gets to live out a boyhood dream.
Tuesday 6th March – Salem
James is in Salem, on the East coast of the USA, made famous by the witch trials of 1692. Things get spooky as James visits on the approach to Halloween. We hear from Salem’s official witch Laurie Cabot, and James meets a love clairvoyant and her dogs. But Salem isn’t just about witchcraft, James visits a unique spice shop and picks up some spices to cook with. He also meets a seafood artist and makes a stop at Turner’s, a family run seafood restaurant, where he experiences shellfish heaven. Sweet treats are also on the menu, thanks to the bewitching Ziggy’s doughnut shop.
Wednesday 7th March – The Hamptons
The East coast stretch of James Martin’s American Adventure takes him to The Hamptons. Known as being the playground of wealthy New Yorkers, the area has a rich farming history. James taps into this by visiting Amber Waves Farm, where he borrows their outdoor pizza oven to cook for the farmers using seasonal local produce. As well as being famous for the beautiful Montauk Point Lighthouse, The Hamptons has an abundance of great seafood restaurants, so James visits The Dock House in Sag Harbour to try one of the best seafood chowders around. And finally, knowing that the area is famous for lobster, James joins a fishing boat and cooks a deceptively easy and impressive lobster speciality.
Thursday 8th March – Philadelphia
James Martin’s American Adventure continues with a visit to Philadelphia. “The City of Brotherly Love” is the perfect backdrop for his foodie adventure with Reading Terminal Market providing all manner of ingredients for both of his cooks. The market even has its own kitchen, so if he forgets an ingredient, it’s not a problem. James then ditches the car to take a tour of the city’s famous murals, but vehicles with more power await. Philadelphia is home to one of the most impressive car collections in the world and James gets a spin in a very special car. Philadelphia is also host to an upcoming movement of vegan eating. “Charlie was a Sinner” is at the forefront of this, and we see what makes a restaurant like this so popular.
Friday 2nd March – New York
James ends his epic, coast-to-coast exploration of the great US of A with a visit to one of his all-time favourite foodie hotspots, New York City. After a bite of pizza at a popular pizzeria in Greenwich Village, James cooks on one of New York’s famous piers. New York has a wealth of French fine-dining restaurants, and the chef can’t wait to take a bite of the action. He chooses his favourite pair, Daniel, run by his old mate Daniel Boulud, and Le Bernadine, where Eric Ripart is in charge of the hobs. At the end of the day, James cooks back on the pier as sunset approaches and he reminisces on his journey of more than 3,000 miles.