World's Greatest Food Markets

World's Greatest Food Markets

World's Greatest Food Markets

Starts Thursday 26 March at 8.30pm on SBS ONE


This brand new three-part series follows one of Britain's most charismatic market traders, Roger Barton 'the bastard of Billingsgate", as he follows his dream of visiting and trading in the world's greatest food markets.

 

The hard-talking, hard-working fishmonger, who has only taken five week's holidays in the last 50 years, joins the Thursday night food line-up on SBS ONE as he leaves his livelihood at the Billingsgate Fish Markets behind and sets off on a cultural journey where his trading skills will be put to the ultimate test.

 

Each episode, viewers are exposed to a side of the markets rarely seen as Roger pulls out all of his trading stops, trying to make a quid or two at some of the world's greatest food markets. These markets are the beating hearts of some of the most vibrant cities on earth, including the New Fulton Fish Market in New York, Central de Abasto in Mexico City and Delhi's Azadpur Market.

 

Along the way, Roger meets an array of larger-than-life characters who all help to tell the story of the city which he is in. From typical tough-taking New Yorker Frank Smitty who takes a chance on Roger as an apprentice salesman to the Mexican family who invite Roger into their home to take part in Day of the Dead traditions, Roger's experience in each city is enriched by the locals from these diverse and colourful cultures. The 'electric" experience opens Roger's eyes to a different world, which reveals a different - and much softer - side of Roger.

 

Far away from the comfort of home and his beloved cups of tea, Roger discovers that pitting himself against the world's sharpest traders may be more challenging than he first anticipated. However, with his passion for trading and eagerness to learn, Roger is determined to give it his best shot when it comes to trading up a storm.

 

'Let's see how good this Englishman is. He might think he's good, now let's see how good he really is." Roger Barton, World's Greatest Food Markets presenter.

 

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