Ainsley Harriott’s new TV series explores Malta and its cuisine

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott is hitting the road again, and this time his travels take him to beautiful Malta. A cultural mash up of Sicilian, British, Spanish and even French culture, the cuisine and tradition in Malta offers a rich territory for Ainsley to explore! Rich culinary traditions see rabbit stews served beside mellow goat’s cheese, irresistible soft bread and honeyed desserts, in a fusion of Mediterranean and Arabic influence.  

Located between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta enjoys more than 3,000 hours of annual sunshine and offers blissful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich history. Ainsley will discover Malta’s irresistible cuisine and culture over a magical 5 episodes in a journey offering spellbinding sights, enchanting scenery and delicious food!

Highlights include touring the stunning capital city of Valletta and learning about the Maltese sausage. Calling in at the picturesque fishing harbour of Marsaxlokk where Ainsley ventures around the weekly fish market with local fisherman Joe to check out the catch of the day. Learning glass blowing in Central Malta before getting a masterclass in Ftira from chef Carl and then taking a trip to Crystal Palace where they’ve been serving up delicious flaky parcels of pastry known as Pastizzi to loyal customers from over 100 years. Ainsley is also shown visiting an olive grove owned by “the God Father” of Maltese Olive Oil, Sam Cremona; hopping across to Gozo to learn how Maltese cheese is made, and lend a hand with milking, before being shown the secrets behind Beef Bragioli.

The five-part ITV1 and ITVX series ‘Ainsley’s Taste of Malta’ will air every day at 2pm from 5 February 2024 and is also available on ITVX on catch up. So join Ainsley as he explores the holiday hotspot of Malta and its surrounding islands, and the cultural melting pot that has thousands of visitors in foodie bliss every year.

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