John Torode's Middle East

Episode Guide

Series 1 Episode Guide


Series 1 · Episode 1

John is in Cairo, the largest city in the Middle East. John hits the busy city streets to explore the flavours of Cairo and learns the secret of one of his favourite recipes, falafel.

Dubai Emirati

Series 1 · Episode 2

John is in Dubai to explore the food that evolved in Dubai long before those glittering towers were even built; the traditional food of the United Arab Emirates.

Red Sea

Series 1 · Episode 3

This time John is off to explore one of Egypt's national parks, south of Egypt's Red Sea coast. John is keen to learn more about the food of the people who have called it home for centuries.


Series 1 · Episode 4

John is in Luxor in central Egypt, an ancient city on the banks of the river Nile. John can't wait to explore a city steeped in history with its temples and tombs at every turn and ancient food to match.

Dubai Expat

Series 1 · Episode 5

John is in Dubai, a city known for its fast cars and glittering skyscrapers. He can't wait to find out about the food that people from across the Middle East have brought with them to this modern metropolis.


Series 1 · Episode 6

John is in Aswan, a city where the Middle East and Africa collide; where the food of the local Nubian people has influenced everyday eating.


Series 1 · Episode 7

This week John is in Malta, a surprising stop on his Middle Eastern tour. John is shown how to make Middle Eastern cheese and uses this in his own recipe 'imam bayildi'.


Series 1 · Episode 8

John is in Alexandria on Egypt's north coast, one of the great cities of the ancient world. John gets stuck in to the city's many culinary delights and seeks inspiration for a dish of his own.


Series 1 · Episode 9

John's in Bahrain, the land of a million date palms, eager as always to sample local flavours, learn as much as possible about traditional cuisine and incorporate it all into a dish of his own.

Best Of

Series 1 · Episode 10

In this episode of John Torode's Middle East, John looks back at a series full of extraordinary places, inspiring home cooks and delicious and diverse food.