Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico: Channel 4 air date for show

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Baker Paul Hollywood to front a new Channel 4 Food Program that shows his culinary and cultural journey to another country.

On the show are the celebrity chef and TV Personality – who is best known for being a judge The Great British Bake Off – will travel around Mexico to immerse yourself in different cultures and cuisines of the North American country.

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The show, titled Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico, follows on from his foodie trip to the East Asian country of Japan on Paul Hollywood Eats Japan, which continued to air channel 4 in 2020.

So what exactly is going to happen in the series and when will it be on TV?

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Here’s what you need to know.

Paul Hollywood will sample local Mexican food at Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico on Channel 4.

What is Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico about?

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In the series, narrated by ‘The Thick of It’ actress Rebecca Front, cameras follow Paul on his first ever visit to Mexico.

The chef’s aim is to discover and savor the country’s authentic cuisine and explore its traditions.

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He begins his journey in the capital, Mexico City, before taking a road trip across Mexico, passing the American border and the Caribbean coast.

What did Paul Hollywood say about the series?

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Speaking about the series ahead of filming, Paul said although he’d never visited the country, he loved the local cuisine.

“I’ve never been to Mexico, but I love Mexican food. I knew there would be chilies, tortillas and tequila.

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“But real Mexican food is different from anything I’ve eaten in the UK, where we have the Americanized version called ‘Tex-Mex’.”

What will happen in the first episode of Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico?

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In the first episode of the show, viewers will try Hollywood-style tacos and also try to make a traditional Mexican bread called pan dulce at a sidewalk cafe that doubles as an auto repair shop.

Hollywood said: “Pan dulce translates to ‘sweet bread’ and is a fortified dough halfway between a bun and a brioche and really light.

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“The patterns formed on it with the cutter are like a work of art and they were delicious. I will definitely make some at home.”

However, the TV host finds that some Mexican food is less to his liking as he tries fiery hot chilli-flavored candy when he encounters Mexican piñatas later in the episode.

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He’s also not keen on the baked bugs he’s trying.

Hollywood said: “The candy was shocking. The chili takes your breath away. Insects are the food of the future, with Mexico ahead of the curve, but the stuff there was crazy — scorpions, roaches, maggots the size of your finger.

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“I didn’t get a taste from the scorpions, it’s more about the texture, and eating a leg of a tarantula was enough for me.”

During the program, Hollywood also gets involved in some local activities.

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He gets an adrenaline rush trying out the Mexican sport of fire hockey, which as the name suggests is played with a flaming ball, and also getting on his bike to join a group of all-female bikers and experience Mexican fast food.

He said: “I drove 5000 miles and they took me to McDonald’s. There was molletes—bread with cheese and hot jalapeño sauce—and I could feel the heat rising.

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“And we had sushi that was fried and was actually chicken, not raw fish. But it tasted fantastic, I’ve never had anything like it.”

What happens later in the Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico series?

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In the second episode of the show, Hollywood goes traveling and in Baja California and helps bake a cake for a quinceanera celebration, which is a 15th birthday party.

Meanwhile, in Milpa Alta, there are cacti on the menu and insects to sample in Oaxaca.

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He then returns to his role as a foodie judge at a Cornish pasty contest, all accompanied by a mariachi band.

In the third installment, Hollywood indulges in drinks ranging from hot chocolate to a trendy Mexican Coke, but he also explores how Mexicans’ love of sugar is leading to increased obesity in the country.

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Finally, he takes a trip to a mezcal distillery, a boisterous party in a traditional cantina, and a spectacular fireworks festival.

When is Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico on TV?

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Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico begins Sunday July 10th at 9pm on Channel 4.

This episode can be viewed shortly after it aired on TV on Channel 4 catch-up service, All4.

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There are three episodes in the series, and each is expected to air in the same time slot for consecutive weeks.

The second episode will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday 17 July at 9pm.

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The third episode will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday 24 July at 9pm.

If you can’t wait to watch every episode live on TV, all three episodes are available as a box set on streaming site All4 right after.

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Who is Paul Hollywood?

Paul John Hollywood is a 56-year-old celebrity chef, baker, and television host.

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He is best known as a judge on The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) since 2010.

Hollywood began his career as a teenager in his father’s bakery and later became head baker in a number of UK and international hotels.

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In May 2013, Hollywood appeared as a judge on The American Baking Competition, a US version of GBBO.

In December 2017, he appeared as a judge on The Great American Baking Show, the second incarnation of the GBBO series in the United States.

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Hollywood has also made guest appearances on a number of television programmes, including BBC One’s The Generation Game and ITV’s This Morning.

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