South African production company Oxyg3n Media will begin production of a new 10-part food television series – A Taste of South Africa – early this year.

A Taste of South Africa will follow top British chef Matt Tebbutt as he travels across the country discovering and exploring the diversity and flavour of local foods that the southern tip of Africa has to offer. In the course of his journey, Tebbutt will sample regional specialties and uncover and savour food and drink rich with traditional heritage and culture. With his anthropological background, Tebbutt will peel back the history of South African cuisine from its historic beginnings up until today, speaking to, and cooking with, locals and uncovering fascinating food stories. The series will appeal to both food lovers and travel buffs and promises to be informative and humorous and replete with the charm that Tebbutt so readily provides.

Matt Tebbutt

Says Tebbutt: “This is the show that I’ve always wanted to make. To explore, learn, taste and understand such a totally diverse country such as South Africa is a really exciting prospect. I want to meet the people behind the food, to learn about their rich history and culture, to drink, laugh and embrace life and food like they do.”

A Taste of South Africa will start shooting in early January and will be broadcast in the second half of 2017 on a DStv channel yet to be announced.

About Matt Tebbutt

Matt Tebbutt is an acclaimed British chef and television presenter known for presenting Food Unwrapped on Channel 4. He is also one of the new lead presenters of Saturday Kitchen on BBC1 having taken over from James Martin. Tebbutt recently made good use of his Geography and Anthropology degree, filming Kings of the Wild, a food and travel show for Discovery, which was broadcast on the channel on DStv earlier this year. Tebbutt also presented Market Kitchen with Rachel Allen, Tom Parker-Bowles, Amanda Lamb and Matthew Fort, a long-running UKTV Food show that was an audience favourite for five years. It was followed by Market Kitchen’s Big Adventure.