New Cooking Show Features Chefs Recreating Indigenous Dishes That Are Judged By The Tribe

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:22am

Most of us have secret family recipes that have been passed down for generations. A new cooking show is going to showcase recipes and cooking methods from indigenous tribes that have been around for hundreds of years. The catch is there is no kitchen and the chefs have to hunt the food, look for the spices and use the cooking utensils used by the tribes.

New Zealander Kayne Raymond and two other chefs travel the world in a brand new BBC America show titled "No Kitchen Required" coming to cable.  "They drop three of us into an indigenous location and we sort of live and learn and hunt and forage with the local indigenous tribes," said Kayne.

The task of the chefs is to recreate a local dish with the same method the indigenous tribes use. "They don't have graters or grinding machines or anything like that. I mean, they're cooking really like they have for centuries. It's really amazing," said Kayne.

Once the dish is done the tribe judges the chefs on how the food came out. During this first season, the chefs traveled to ten different places around the world including Belize, Dominica, New Zealand, Thailand and Hawaii to name a few.

We caught up with Kayne on his way to Mew Mexico as he visited the Apache indians. He talked to us about the show at Scenic Drive overlooking Downtown El Paso. "It's not just a food show. It's a food travel, relationship, cultural show. It's a really broad show. It opens up a lot of different genres where people can relate to," said Kayne.

In this first season, Kayne cooks up some interesting animals including "gibnut", a rodent eaten in Belize, armadillo, iguana, crawfish and bats. One animal particular was a challenge for Kayne to cook: frogs. "I had no idea that once you clean them, they'll still walk away," said Kayne.

If you're not up to dealing with that, no worries. Since the show goes over the recipes step by step you'll be able to try out the dish at home using substitutes. "People would definitely be able to recreate these dishes with say chicken or fish instead of iguana. You can really mix the flavors," said Kayne.

Kayne's favorite part of the show is the human connection the program showcases. "We're creating great food out there and at the end of the day, we're falling in love with these people. These people are letting us into their homes. I mean, we're creating friends and life-long memories using food as a vessel," said Kayne.

"A lot of shows, you tend to watch them and not really learn anything or feeling good about it but this is a feel-good show that's going to appeal to so many people," said Kayne.

"No Kitchen Required" premieres Tuesday April 3rd at 9:00 p.m. To find out which channel it airs on and for more information about the show go


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