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The Backcountry Gourmet

Outdoor chef/backpacking show
 
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Each episode would feature a different celebrity or regular restaurant chef backpacking in a spectacular wilderness with our rugged outdoor host. The chef would have to create an innovative gourmet meal using a combination of packed-in and wild, hunted and gathered foods (the host would be a good shot and would assist with botanical knowledge). The chef and the host would have to carry all the ingredients and equipment in on their own backs, with no cheating, and our host would gruffly evaluate the meal for taste, appearance, and backcountry viability. Combines the excitement of wilderness shows, the fun of cooking shows, and lots of educational content.
annaa, Sep 25 2002

Food Network: Appetite for Adventure http://www.foodnetw...w/0,6525,AP,00.html
No celebrities but showcases cooking in the rough outdoors. [bristolz, Sep 25 2002]

Euell Gibbons http://www.wildfood...m/euellgibbons.html
"The Father of Modern Wild Foods" [phoenix, Sep 25 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Euell Theophilus Gibbons http://www.tsha.ute.../view/GG/fgi38.html
Short biography. [phoenix, Sep 25 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Bush Tucker Man http://homepages.en...van/ysac/bush.shtml
The same sort of thing, except not gourmet. NB All Australians look, talk and dress like this. [calum, Sep 25 2002]

whatchagot stew http://www.idfishnhunt.com/gamebird.htm
Patrick McManus, one of this planets funniest writers [thumbwax, Sep 26 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Wild Food Adventures http://wildfoodadventures.com/
[URL moved from John Kallas, PhD's annotation] Site has an extensive section on Euell Gibbons. [bristolz, Oct 04 2004]

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       I'd like a travelling version of the show that makes at least one stop in a land still accepting of cannibalism.
Wes, Sep 25 2002
  

       Why would you like that, [Wes]?
bristolz, Sep 25 2002
  

       More or less Baked by Euell Gibbons, though that may have been before your time. I'll see if I can find a decent link.
phoenix, Sep 25 2002
  

       If memory serves, Patrick McManus did a fictional "Outdoor chef" show "on" TV in one of his books - I believe the book was "They shoot canoes, don't they" - though it could have been "The night the bear ate goombah" or one of several others which just make me howl with laughter... I do know Mr. McManus has done some interview/recipe bits on TV shows. Funny, funny man.
thumbwax, Sep 26 2002
  

       Didn't Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall do something like this recently?
lewisgirl, Sep 26 2002
  

       "A Cook on the Wild Side"
yamahito, Sep 26 2002
  

       I like this. Welcome anaa, good idea.   

       [calum] - I don't. I don't think UB does either (although I could be wrong).
madradish, Sep 26 2002
  

       I understand that something like 98%* of all shows on TV these days are cookery programmes. I think we can do without another one. However, if you changed the idea to 'Celebrity Cook wanders naked across the Serengetti, smothered in fresh blood and armed only with a wooden spoon." then I might vote in favour.

*The other 75% are DIY programmes.
DrBob, Sep 26 2002
  

       the remaining 68% are soaps.
po, Sep 26 2002
  

       Kind of baked. Yes, lg, Hugh Fearlessly-Eatsitall moved into a small-holding in rural Dorset where he routinely grows/catches/kills food which you then see him cook in some gourmet-style and feed to unsuspecting locals or sell to unsuspecting Londoners - great fun, albeit a tad bucolic.   

       Also Ray Mears goes around explaining how you can eat this kind of berry or survive on snow in his how-to-survive-in-the-wilderness-or-Birmingham shows. Not exactly gourmet, but if you haven't eaten for 5 days I guess you wouldn't exactly care about the sauce.
PeterSilly, Sep 26 2002
  

       No, silly. The River Cottage series does touch on free/hedgerow foods, but Hugh Fairly-Witterson also did a series called "A Cook on the Wild Side" previous to it which concentrated more exclusively on this much neglected (though thoroughly baked) field. River Cottage is more concerned with the general smallholder's way of life.
yamahito, Sep 26 2002
  

       This is an excellent idea. I've been working on this concept myself and plan to someday host a show with a little more in the way of outdoor adventure, history, tributes to Native Americans, the survival angle, the recreation angle, and of course cooking the food up. I wrote the bio on Euell Gibbons that Phoenix referred to. I could go all over North America identifying, gathering, processing and cooking edible wild plants and other foragables in the wild. Check my web site at
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Respectfully, John Kallas, Ph.D.
JohnKallas, May 22 2003
  
      
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