Blanc to present Kew fruit and vegetable TV series

The BBC has commissioned Kew On A Plate, a series of four sixty minute programmes for BBC Two from Lion Television.

Blanc and Humble
Blanc and Humble

Chef Raymond Blanc will transform create a fruit and vegetable garden on the site of what was once Queen Victoria’s royal kitchen garden at Kew, which recently announced 125 job losses.

He will be joined by co-presenter Kate Humble, and together they will use this garden to explore the history and provenance of the heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables that Blanc plans to grow and cook.

Said Blanc: "This is particularly close to my heart and I am sure viewers will share my inspiration and passion for British heritage, the garden and the glorious food that I will cook from it."

BBC commissioner Alison Kirkham said: "It is a project of scale and ambition that I hope will shine an unfamiliar light on some of the most familiar food in our lives."

"Raymond brings with him a lifetime’s passion for fruit and veg and their heritage, as well as three decades of experience in his own restaurant kitchen garden."

Lion Television said: "Raymond Blanc and the team of Kew gardeners will be bringing back to life an historic royal kitchen garden and, in doing so, will reveal the rich heritage and fascinating science behind some of the nation’s favourite fruit and vegetables.

"Bound together by some irresistible seasonal recipes, we’re going to explore our changing tastes, tell the remarkable stories of how these plants first arrived in the UK, brought back by intrepid plant hunters from countries around the world, how they flourished, adapted, spread through the country to became part of our everyday diet."

Executive producers are Alison Kirkham for the BBC and Donna Clark and Richard Bradley for Lion Television.


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