The best friends take to the high seas stopping off at a new town in each episode and have just one day to create, prepare and serve a delicious three course meal. Finding fabulous local produce is one thing, getting two top chefs to agree on a menu is another...
Episode 1 Tarbert - Top chefs Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin sail to the fishing village of Tarbert on the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland. In between debates about prawns versus langoustines Paul and Nick find out about the Kingdom of Dalriada and the strong links the area has with Ulster. Encouraged by a local farmer’s daughter, they put mutton on their menu but will the Mid Argyll Pipe Band identify the meat.
Episode 2 Derry/Londonderry - Top chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn sail into the port of Derry/Londonderry. A visit to a Limavady farm inspires them to produce a Galloway Beef pie and foraging for wild berries has an unexpected surprise for Nick. Oysters are on the menu but how will the local YMCA Football / Rugby team find the delicacy?
Episode 3 Arran - Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn visit the Isle of Arran, known as Scotland in miniature, and find some inspiring local produce. With deer aplenty on the island, venison makes it onto the menu and a fishing adventure sorts out the starter. The chefs’ challenge this week is to prepare a 3-course meal for some hungry mountain rescue men.
Episode 4 Ballywalter - Paul Rankin takes Nick Nairn on a nostalgic trip to his hometown of Ballywalter on the east coast of the Ards peninsula. Local wood pigeon and Portavogie fish find their way on the menu and Paul revisits some of his childhood haunts.
Episode 5 Campbeltown - Award winning chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn sail to Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland. A visit to a local smoke house inspires the chefs to create an Ulster Scotch Egg. But will it go down well with the locals?
Episode 6 South Down - Acclaimed chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn head to south county Down and in spite of torrential rain, they find inspiration from local food producers to create a 3-course meal for some hungry accordion band members.
Episode 7 Islay - Inspired by the beautiful produce at the Islay House Community Garden on the Isle of Islay Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn create a fabulous healthy starter. A local fisherman provides fresh lobster and a visit to one of the island’s eight whisky distilleries provides inspiration for a dessert.
Episode 8 East Donegal - Paul and Nick sail down Lough Swilly in the north west of Ulster and discover the strong Ulster Scots links there and how the plantation impacted the area. A fishing trip provides inspiration for their menu and a local rare breed pig farmer provides some organic pork.