A Cook Abroad episode 1 – Dave Myers’ Egypt: Hairy Biker Dave Myers travels to Egypt, home to some of the oldest recipes known to man. From the fantastic street food of one of the world’s greatest cities, Cairo, to a family feast 500 miles south in ancient Aswan, Dave voyages up the Nile to find the origins of some of our favourite dishes.
On this epic adventure, Dave fulfils a boyhood dream to visit the pyramids of Giza and learns that they were built by labour fed on no more than the humble loaf. He goes off the beaten track to the lush oasis of Al Fayoum in search of a dish with mythical properties and, on the banks of the River Nile, discovers a place where ancient man first turned to farming. Venturing further into the land of the pharaohs, Dave finds what he’s been searching for – the origins of baking and the living proof of a food that changed the eating habits of the planet.
To mark the end of his journey, Dave is invited by a family of Nubians for a feast to celebrate the end of Eid al-Adha. He helps prepare a traditional meal that has become legendary across the entire Arab world and receives hospitality he’ll never forget. Celebrity chefs try out different recipes from around the world.
A Cook Abroad episode 1 – Dave Myers’ Egypt
David James Myers (born 8 September 1957) is an English celebrity chef and television presenter, best known as one half of the Hairy Bikers, along with Si King. He is also known for his appearances on the BBC celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing. Together, Myers and King have presented a number of television cookery series for the BBC. They have also launched their own product called The Hairy Bikers Diet Club.
The duo first appeared on the BBC’s show The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook. The programme presented a mixture of cookery and travelogue, using a similar style to chef Keith Floyd, including the habit of frequently referring to the cameraman and other crew. Most shows featured the pair riding motorbikes, including the BMW R1200GS, F650GS and Triumph Rocket III. The show also featured elements of the Two Fat Ladies format, including regular banter between the two stars, use of various unusual cooking locations and the use of motorbikes.
On 24 August 2009, they hosted a 30-part daytime series for BBC Two, The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain, which aired weekdays. The series saw them visit a different county each day and cook what they considered to be that county’s signature dish. In January 2010, a six-part series titled The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best was broadcast on BBC Two. On 25 October 2010 a new 40-episode series, The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off, was launched on BBC Two. The programme included a cook off between two families and celebrity guests.
From January to May 2010, the Hairy Bikers performed their Big Night Out show in theatres throughout the UK. Directed by Bob Mortimer, the show was a fun mixture of cooking and chat plus a little song and dance. It explored their youth, how they met and their love of food. In June 2011, the Bikers appeared in the second series of Mum Knows Best. The series, made up of eight episodes, featured three ‘Star Mums’ whose recipes were tested and shared with the public.
October 2011 saw a new series, Meals on Wheels, air on BBC Two. The series fronted a campaign with BBC Learning to save local ‘meals on wheels’ services around the UK. From November to December 2011, the Bikers appeared in a 30-part BBC series called Hairy Bikers: Best of British, airing at 3:45pm on BBC Two (apart from the show’s final week, in which it aired on BBC One). The series celebrated British recipes and championed local produce. In January 2012, continuing into February, BBC Two showed hour-long re-versions including recipes from various episodes of the series.