Travel through food: 9 shows every foodie should watch

If you’ve been using this time at home to work on your cooking skills, or if you’re simply looking for something new to binge and you’re a foodie at heart, then shows that allow you to immerse yourself in new cultures and cuisines will be an absolute treat for you.

To help you pick which one to watch, we’ve rounded up our favourite foodie shows available to stream – all of which, let you indulge in a bit of armchair travel while you watch them. So, whether you’re after some cooking inspiration or ideas of where to plan your next vacation, here are the shows that cover both:


Gino’s Italian Escape

TV chef Gino D’acampo returns to his home country of Italy and embarks on a culinary odyssey, from major cities like Rome and Naples to coastal villages, to discover the secrets of its cuisine in this cooking travelogue adventure. Gino’s Italian Escape airs on SBS FOOD on Monday evenings. Or you can catch up on season three here.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Chef David Chang takes his insatiable curiosity about food, culture and identity on the road, in the convivial company of fun-loving celebrity guests including Chrissy Teigan, Seth Rogan, Lena Waithe and Kate McKinnon.

Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam

Celebrated chef Luke Nguyen takes us on a culinary journey in Vietnam, travelling by train from Ho Chi Minh in the south to Sa Pa in the north. The series combines his love of food, travel, trains and the Vietnamese people. Watch Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam on SBS OnDemand here.

Luke Nguyen's Railway Vietnam
Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam

Salt Fat Acid Heat

Chef and food writer Samin Nosrat travels the world to explore four basic keys to wonderful cooking across four episodes. Along the way, she serves mouth-watering feasts and provides helpful tips for viewers at home. Check out the trailer below or watch the full series on Netflix Australia.

Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen

TV chef Ainsley Harriott takes a trip across the Caribbean visiting the islands that have inspired his cooking from an early age. Stopping at Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica and Antigua, Ainsley will take viewers on a journey through the tropical climates, exotic food and charming characters that make each island in the Caribbean unique. You can catch Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen at SBS OnDemand here.

Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen. Image: SBS

Street Food Asia

After the outbreak begun in Wuhan China, feelings towards street food became more uncertain than ever. However before you make up your mind about it, this Netflix series is a great way to truly educate yourself on the ins and outs of Asian street food and discover the stories of the people who run such market stalls. Available to watch on Netflix Australia.

Somebody Feed Phil

“Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal travels the globe to take in the local cuisine and culture of Bangkok, Lisbon, Mexico City and more. Check out the trailer below or stream seasons one and two on Netflix Australia.

Destination Flavour Japan

Celebrated cook Adam Liaw takes food lovers on a journey of culinary discovery throughout Japan. In the debut episode, Adam heads to Hokkaido, a gourmet paradise known for extraordinary cold-water seafood and dairy farming. Adam meets a dairy farmer who, with only 35 cows and his wife’s cheesecake recipe, turned their tiny farm into a multi-million-dollar business. Check out Destination Flavour Japan here.

Nigel Slater’s Middle East

Food writer Nigel Slater explores the Middle East; cooking and eating with the people of Lebanon, Turkey and Iran as he discovers the secrets of the world’s oldest cuisines. Series one is available to watch on ABC iview here.

Nigel Slater’s Middle East. Image: BBC

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