The Great British Food Revival (2011)


Gary Rhodes holding Cherries in Great British Food Revival © BBC

Gary Rhodes holding Cherries in Great British Food Revival © BBC

Production Company: Outline Productions

Kent Filming Locations Used: Swale House (Sittingbourne), Detling Showground & The New Gardens Estate (Teynham)

Following the success of the first series, The Great British Food Revival returns to our screens on October 26th 2011.  The show aims to highlight local produce and get us all eating British once more! Some of the country’s best chefs will be championing the produce of their choice and encourage us to rethink our eating habits whilst providing mouth watering recipes that feature their chosen ingredient.

Earlier this month, Kent born celebrity chef Gary Rhodes came to the district of Swale to champion the humble British cherry.   Since 1950, the UK has lost over 90% of its cherry orchards and only 5% of the cherries bought come from our own shores.

Rhodes’ campaign takes him to the cherry orchards in Teynham near Sittingbourne. While visiting the area Gary speaks to local historian from the Mid Kent Downs, Pippa Palmer. While taking in the beautiful Kent countryside they discuss the rich history that links Kent to the fruit. It was in fact in Teynham that the first commercial cherry orchards were founded during the reign of Henry VII due to the county’s perfect climate being ideally suited to the growing of fruit.

The nearby Park Farm Community Cherry Group at Lynsted was also paid a visit. The project aims to raise interest in the heritage of cherry production in the local area by developing the traditionally managed old orchard for community use.

Gary Rhodes up a ladder in Great British Food Revival © BBC

Gary also took the cherry to the local town of Sittingbourne. While there he met with the Mayor of the town at Swale House, home to the Borough Council, to try the delectable fruit.  Residents of Sittingbourne were given the opportunity to try the local produce as Gary and the filming team went into the town centre to talk to the general public.

Filming also took place at this year’s Kent County Show at Detling Showground. An annual institution for the people of Kent, the County Show is a three day event focusing on local agriculture. Every year, hundreds of visitors flock to the site to enjoy locally sourced produce, watch cookery demonstrations and talk to farmers and growers.

As the episode shows, the county of Kent has earned its name as the Garden of England. With a rich agricultural history and idyllic landscapes, it is the perfect location for any production.


The Great British Food Revival starts on the 26th of October 2011 on BBC 2 (Sky Channel 102 / Virgin Media Channel  102) at 8pm.

To watch the episode on Kentish Cherries remember to tune in on November 15th 2011 at 8pm!

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