Rick’s Long Week­ends

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Life­style Food (127)

The seem­ingly in­de­fati­ga­ble Rick Stein re­turns with the pre­miere of a rather charm­ing vari­a­tion on his “English­man Abroad” for­mat, giv­ing us the in­side track on his favourite des­ti­na­tions for a week­end jaunt, start­ing off in ”the Sleep­ing Beauty” of France: Bordeaux. “A lit­tle bit of what you fancy does you good,” he says. He de­lights in lo­cal foods and, of course, wine. In fact he is sel­dom seen with­out a glass in hand, es­pe­cially at lunch, such that it’s hard to imag­ine how he copes with his af­ter­noon shoot­ing sched­ules. But as he says, the lo­cal cui­sine is an im­por­tant part of the cul­ture of a place, adding: “Some­one once said, ‘A wedge of cheese has as much his­tory as a baroque cathe­dral’, and I think there’s some truth in that.”

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