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CNN SERVES UP A MENU OF TOP CHEFS TO TASTE THE WONDERS OF WORLD CUISINE

CNN International is celebrating world cuisine with a new series that explores a different destination each month through the dish that has helped put it on the map.

Starting on March 6, each episode of Culinary Journeys will feature a different world-renowned, respected chef, on a journey to explore the cuisine of one of the world’s food hotspots. In each 30-minute show, this cookery travelogue broadcast on CNN International will see a chef leave the bustle of their own kitchen to discover the ingredients, techniques and heritage that contribute to a culinary experience in another country.

First up is Massimo Bottura, the three Michelin-star chef from Modena, Northern Italy, who combines inspiration from contemporary art with Italy’s rich gastronomic heritage to create dishes that play with Italian traditions.

Future episodes will feature chefs from around the globe including Hong Kong’s Vicky Lau, recently crowned Asia's Best Female Chef; Indian chef Gaggan Anand; London’s Michel Roux Jr.; San Francisco’s Dominique Crenn; San Sebastian’s Elena Arzak; and Sao Paulo’s Alex Atala. They will travel to destinations including the Chinese city of Hangzhou, Paris, the Basque Country in Spain, and Brazil’s Amazon forest to find out more about a particular dish or cuisine and the city or region it comes from.

“Culinary Journeys is a sumptuous and colourful show that gives our viewers a fresh perspective on new cuisines, foods and cooking techniques from all over the world,” said Ellana Lee, Senior Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN International. “Seeing a country or city’s cuisine through the eyes of a world famous chef will be a unique take on the food and culture that can define a travel destination. The first episode really sets a benchmark as CNN is the exclusive travel companion of three Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura in his own personal culinary journey.”

Alongside the show, CNN.com will publish a wealth of interactive material offering fascinating insight and profiles about the featured destinations and chefs. Original travel stories will be accompanied by stunning photo galleries, informative maps and extensive social content. These, plus video clips from the show, will be presented on a special website created exclusively for the show.

Airtimes: Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei

Saturday March 7 at 0030 and 0730 HKT

Sunday March 8 at 0930 HKT

Tuesday March 10 at 1830 HKT

Wednesday March 11 at 1230 HKT

Related Links:

www.cnn.com/journeys

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