Once again top chefs and best buddies Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn are on a culinary road trip following the trail of the Ulster Scots who travelled and settled in the New World. In this series they journey to Canada and visit New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the greater Toronto area.
They meet fantastic food producers, learn about the history of the Ulster-Scots in Canada and cook a special 3-course bespoke meal for some Ulster-Scots descendants.
EPISODE 1: PARKWOOD, OSHAWA, ONTARIO New series with top chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn on a culinary road trip in Canada exploring their shared Ulster Scots heritage. The series kicks off in Oshawa, Ontario where Paul and Nick find out about car manufacturer RS McLaughlin of General Motors Canada and his brother John James McLaughlin, the inventor of Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Along the way the chefs discover Canadian sweet corn, visit a flour mill in the village of Tyrone and find some pastured lamb, all to prepare a 3 course meal at the grand Parkwood Estate, the former residence of RS McLaughlin.
EPISODE 2 PICTOU, NOVA SCOTIA Top chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn continue their culinary road trip in Canada. This week they visit the town of Pictou in the province of Nova Scotia. They find out about the 189 immigrants who travelled from Scotland in 1773 on board the Ship Hector. Along the way the chefs discover native wild blueberries, taste a local Nova Scotia favourite – the Donair, and cook a mouth watering dish of lobster mac and cheese.
EPISODE 3 TORONTO, EATON FAMILY Chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn are on a culinary road trip in Canada exploring their shared Ulster Scots heritage. This week they’re in the city of Toronto, once nicknamed the Belfast of Canada. The duo is cooking for descendants of Timothy Eaton, an Ulsterman and founder of Eatons, Canada’s largest privately owned department store. Along the way the chefs taste some Canadian cheddar, visit a farm friendly butchers and check out the produce at St. Lawrence market in the historic old town of Toronto.
EPISODE 4 McCORMICK ISLAND, SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK Top chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn continue on their culinary road trip in Canada. This week they’re in the province of New Brunswick, cooking for an Ulster Scot descendant whose ancestors settled on an island in the Saint John River. With no electricity and only barbecues to cook on, the chefs prepare a 3 course meal on the island using freshly caught herrings, foraged mushrooms and recreate a campsite favourite for dessert – s’mores!
EPISODE 5 HAMILTON, ONTARIO Chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn are on a culinary road trip in Canada exploring their shared Ulster Scots heritage. This week they visit the city of Hamilton in Ontario where Ulster Scot William McMaster founded McMaster University and the chefs prepare a bespoke 3-course meal for the university’s president and colleagues. Searching for local produce they visit the Niagara peninsula to find the perfect peach and Paul has his first encounter with a black walnut at a nut nursery.
EPISODE 6 ECONOMY, NOVA SCOTIA Top chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn are on a culinary road trip in Canada exploring their shared Ulster Scots heritage. This week they find themselves in Economy in the province of Nova Scotia cooking a 3 course bespoke meal for descendants of one of the first Ulster Scots to settle in the area. In their quest for the best local produce the chefs get muddy digging for clams in the Bay of Fundy, and taste a Canadian favourite – maple syrup.
EPISODE 7 ULSTER UNITED, TORONTO Chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn are on a culinary road trip in Canada. This week they are in the city of Toronto finding out about Ulster United one of the most legendary Canadian soccer teams of the past. The chefs taste some local snacks at the famous St. Lawrence market in Downtown Toronto and they attempt to make a Canadian pastry treat.
EPISODE 8 HIGHLAND GAMES, FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK Top chefs and great friends Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn are on a culinary road trip in Canada. This week they visit the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick during the annual Highland Games celebrations, to cook for the Lieutenant Governor and some of the heavy event athletes. A visit to the farmers’ market in Fredericton offers the chefs a chance to try out some of the local delicacies and they find some rare breed chickens at an organic farm.