Paul Hollywood will taste all kinds of Mexican cuisines in the new Channel 4 show
Paul Hollywood will sample all sorts of interesting and authentic Mexican dishes, from crocodile tacos to baked tarantulas, on his newly commissioned Channel 4 show.
Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico will see the famous baker travel across the country to learn about its culture, character and history through its cuisine.
The three-part series will take Hollywood from off-the-beaten-track capital Mexico City to Tijuana and Cancun, experiencing plenty of culinary surprises along the way.
In the first episode, Judge Bake Off will be led by a guide known as The Taco Hunter, as he explores the city to sample the simple yet delicious taco al pastor.
The trip also includes a visit to the Central Market of Abasto where he will sample a variety of unusual fruits and other local delicacies including grilled cockroaches, crocodile tacos and baked tarantulas.
Hollywood will also travel to the infamous US-Mexico border wall in Tijuana to take a food tour of restaurants in Sonora, Sinaloan, Jaliscan and Guadalajara.
He will then head to a cactus restaurant to see the prickly plant transformed into a delicious dish.
In Cancun, Hollywood is presented with a six-course banquet of ancient Mayan-inspired cuisine and spends a rowdy evening drinking beer in a cantina, while being educated in all things Tequila and Mezcal.
He’ll also complete a chilli-themed restaurant challenge before discovering the ultimate cure for a Mexican hangover.
The baker will also have the opportunity to show off his own impressive skills and he will join Mexico’s top chef Elena Reygadas for a lesson in how to make Concha, Mexico’s most popular Pan Dulce.
Hollywood also finds itself forced to judge a pasta contest in a small town with a very unexpected connection to Cornwall, and finds itself helping to bake a delightfully decorated four-tier Quinceanera cake for a fifteenth birthday party.
“Mexico is an amazing country, with amazing people and amazing food. The surprises never stopped coming,” Hollywood said.
“For example, I never thought I’d be judging a Cornish Pasty competition in a Mexican town square, backed by a mariachi band.
“Which, for the avoidance of doubt, I did.”
Ian Dunkley, Factual Entertainment Editor at Channel 4, said: “Paul Hollywood takes us beyond burritos, nachos and enchiladas to show us what Mexican food and drink is really about.
Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico will air on Channel 4 later in 2022.