Greece’s Ionian Islands – what a setting for a travel, adventure and food show. Blue skies, stylish boats, sensational scenery, interesting escapades and a unique food challenge are the ingredients for TV’s most enthralling new travel series, served up for the ultimate in armchair fantasy viewing. Add sizzling talent in the form of the talented icon that is Peter Andre, top with dry banter from esteemed restaurateur Dimitri Kissoff, round it off with cheeky boat hostess Charlotte Craven and serve it on the charmingly old-fashioned boat that is the ‘Menai Lady’ and you have compelling television.
Filming in stunning Ultra High Definition when Greece’s beauty is at its sunlit zenith, ‘Peter Andre’s Greek Odyssey’ takes us on a journey that stimulates all the senses. Blazing a gastronomic trail in search of Greece’s culinary treasures…sometimes glamorous, sometimes eye wateringly real, always delicious… we are treated to signature dishes from harbour front restaurants, tavernas – big and small; and hidden bistros.
‘Menai Lady’ berths at beautiful moorings on islands like Lefkas, Meganisi, Ithaca and Kefalonia (think Captain Corelli’s Mandolin for a sense of the visual feast) and at each stop-over the guys battle it out to be the one to discover the people’s favourite Greek dish. Peter, a self-confessed foodie, goes head to head with Greek restaurant owner Dimitri in a unique taste challenge. Boat hostess Charlotte – the perfect feminine foil to the sparring male egos – winkles out the very best gastronomic possibilities. Heading their separate ways at each stop, Peter and Dimitri uncover their own distinctive dish, before serving it up to be judged by a panel of random tourists and locals, also selected by Charlotte.
It’s the spark between Peter and Dimitri that first ignited the idea for the series. One evening when Peter was enjoying a dinner with friends at the ‘Olive and Vine’, one of Dimitri’s award winning restaurants, the menu was questioned. A challenge ensued involving Dimitri’s passion for discovering the best in modern Greek food, his boat and the friends’ shared love of travel and adventure. ‘Peter Andre’s Greek Odyssey’ was conceived and the rest, as they say, is history.