South African host, Justin Bonello, and his motley crew are loading up the combi once again for a second series of Cooked… the cooking, eating and travelling show. Justin describes himself as a food lover not a chef. All he wants to do is have fun - cooking using local ingredients and innovative recipes and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of his native South Africa. To this end he hires a van, invites thirty of his friends and sets off on the culinary road trip of a lifetime. Apart from delicious food, Cooked also shows us Justin’s way of life - his cooking is as spontaneous as his partying and with a cast of thirty we get to meet all of his friends as they help out in the kitchen.
The journey starts and ends in Cape Town, and passes through the Langebaan Lagoon, the Buttonquail Nature Reserve, Treetops in the Cedarburg Mountains, Namibia and Ludertiz amongst others. Never one for conventional methods, Justin’s transport encompasses buses, boats, and even a hot air balloon! He cooks using whatever wonderfully varied and fresh local ingredients are available and creates dishes that are exotic (Snake Mackerel), vibrant (Roadside Burgers, Stone-Baked Ostrich Fillet), highly experimental (Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows), and we even see him spit and eat his national symbol, the Springbok.