4 Sep 2013

Television show on traditional Pacific food airs this weekend

10:08 am on 4 September 2013

Pacific food will be the star of a new television show to air on Television New Zealand this weekend.

Chef and author, Robert Oliver, who was raised in Fiji and Samoa, says his programme Real Pasifik will take viewers to Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, New Zealand and Tonga to learn about local traditional cuisine's.

Mr Oliver says he hopes people who watch the programme will visit these Pacific countries and be keen to try the local food.

"This is really a food culture show, and its position as a way to raise Pacific islands cuisine into this very high status and it delves into the deep meaning of cuisine and what is traditional Pacific island food and why was not fully kind of incorporated into tourism and here's how to."

Robert Oliver says traditional Pacific food was based on what was available to the locals at the time, so most Pacific food was really healthy.

The show is also expected to air in 80 other countries.