Donal's Asian Adventure follows Irish food writer, photographer and television presenter Donal Skehan as he heads east to explore the flavours and secrets of Asian baking, with stops in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia.
With Western-influenced baked goods becoming incredibly popular in the East, which is undergoing a baking explosion, Donal explores how the two cultural regions have influenced one another. Donal is inspired by the range of cakes, breads and savoury snacks on offer in Asia, where taste and presentation are equally important - this is food for the Instagram generation
From the very latest pandan croissants and matcha (green tea) cakes to black sesame scones, the cheese tart craze to traditional dim sum, wedding trends and popular street snacks, Donal gathers inspiration from a range of local experts to pull together his top 20 easy recipes for fantastic Asian bakes.
Status: In Development
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Susan Elizabeth Perkins (born 22 September 1969) is an English comedian, broadcaster, actress and writer, born in East Dulwich, south London. Originally coming to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc in Mel and Sue, she has since become best known as a radio broadcaster and television presenter, notably of The Great British Bake Off (2010–2016) and Insert Name Here (2016–present). Perkins was ranked sixth in The Independent on Sunday's 2014 Rainbow List.
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In 2002, Perkins appeared on the second UK series of Celebrity Big Brother in aid of four charities, Centrepoint, National Missing Persons Helpline, Rethink and Samaritans. During the series, she interacted with series winner Mark Owen from Take That, and TV presenter Les Dennis. Perkins was evicted from the house on Day 9. She provided the voice for Messenger Bird in Dinotopia, produced for Hallmark Entertainment. In 2003, Perkins joined Channel 4 morning television programme RI:SE. In the same year, Perkins also provided additional written material for BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. Perkins has appeared on several BBC shows including Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, QI, Room 101, Celebrity Weakest Link, Question Time and Newsnight. Perkins has commented that the BBC pay her a regular wage for “blabbering on random shows”. She has made appearances as a field reporter for Armando Iannucci vehicle The Saturday Night Armistice. Perkins hosted the second series of Good Evening, Rockall, a short-lived, news-orientated panel game shown on BBC Choice. In 2006, she appeared in BBC Four's vocabulary quiz show Never Mind the Full Stops. She was also a team captain on ITV's Win, Lose or Draw Late. During the same decade she made appearances on Celebrity MasterChef, Celebrity Poker and News Knight with Sir Trevor McDonald. In April 2007, she participated in the television series, Edwardian Supersize Me for the BBC. She was joined by food critic Giles Coren. The series focused on spending a week eating the equivalent of a wealthy Edwardian couple's food, whilst wearing period clothing. Following the series, Perkins and Coren were commissioned to present a new series called, The Supersizers Go.... The premise of “Edwardian Supersize Me” was replicated and focused on other periods throughout history. In the first episode, they survived for a week on Second World War rations. It was re-commissioned for a second episode, Perkins and Coren covered the English Restoration period. The third episode covered the Victorian period, the fourth the 1970s, the fifth the Elizabethan period and the sixth the Regency period. In August and September 2008, Perkins appeared in the reality television series Maestro on BBC Two. During the series, a group of eight celebrities attempted (until eliminated) to learn to conduct orchestral, choral and operatic music. During the series, Perkins conducted three pieces, two of them with soprano soloist Lesley Garrett. Perkins won the series. In 2008, Perkins narrated the series ....And Proud on Virgin 1. Perkins appeared in a second “Supersizers” series called The Supersizers Eat... with Giles Coren which aired on BBC Two in June and July 2009. In September and October 2009 she hosted the Channel 4 panel game The Big Food Fight. She then gave a televised lecture for the Royal Television Society. Entitled “Wit's End? British Comedy at the Crossroads”, the lecture focused on the state of British comedy. The presentation was broadcast on BBC Two. In March 2010, Perkins appeared in a three part mini-series on BBC Two, A Band for Britain, in which she attempted to revive the fortunes of the Dinnington Colliery Band. In 2010, Perkins and Coren presented Giles and Sue Live the Good Life, a celebration of the 1970s BBC series The Good Life, where they were challenged to live a self-sufficient lifestyle. Later that year, Perkins was joined by Mel Giedroyc to present The Great British Bake Off. The series is a cookery competition with each episode looking at a different aspect of baking which they co-hosted for seven seasons. In September 2016, Love Productions announced that a three-year deal had been agreed to broadcast the show on Channel 4 instead of the BBC from 2017. Perkins and Giedroyc announced that they would not be continuing with Bake Off on its new network. Mary Berry announced she was also leaving Bake Off on the same day that fellow-judge Paul Hollywood separately announced he would be staying with the show. Perkins narrated the 2011 game show Don't Scare the Hare. In October 2011, she presented a series on BBC Two called All Roads Lead Home. It featured Perkins learning how to use nature as a navigation tool. She was joined on the series by Alison Steadman and Stephen Mangan. On 30 December 2011, she presented and performed Mrs Dickens's Family Christmas, a sixty-minute documentary for BBC Two that examined the marriage of Charles Dickens through the eyes of his wife, Catherine. Periodically, she has presented The Culture Show, including its broadcast from the Edinburgh Festival in August 2012. During that broadcast she interviewed Nile Rodgers, a member of the American disco pop music group Chic. In 2011, Perkins featured in the BBC travel adventure show World's Most Dangerous Roads: Alaska. She and Charley Boorman, her companion for the trip, drove the Dalton Highway. She then appeared with Liza Tarbuck in Series 2 Episode 2 of World's Most Dangerous Roads: Ho Chi Minh Trail, shown in 2012, driving in Vietnam and Laos. In November 2014 she returned to South-East Asia, travelling from the Mekong delta up to Tibet in The Mekong River with Sue Perkins, produced by Indus Films for the BBC. In September 2015, she presented a one-off show Kolkata with Sue Perkins on BBC One. On 26 February 2013, the first episode of Perkins's self-penned sitcom, Heading Out was broadcast. Produced by Red Production Company and Square Peg TV, Perkins also portrayed the show's lead, Sara. From 4 August 2014, she presented Cooks' Questions on More4. Perkins was a team captain on the second and third series of What the Dickens?, hosted by Sandi Toksvig on Sky Arts. In 2016, she began hosting the BBC Two panel show Insert Name Here and commentated on the BBC game show Can't Touch This. She co-presented The Big Spell, a weekly game show for Sky1 alongside Joe Lycett and Moira Stuart.
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