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A brand new series of Paul & Nick’s Big American Food Trip is heading to STV this year, as celebrated chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn team up once again to travel around the USA in search of delicious dishes and fascinating stories from those they meet.

A brand new eight-part series of 30 minute programmes, produced by Waddell Media for STV and UTV, kicks off from Monday 8th August at 8pm on STV.

Firm friends Ulsterman Paul and Scot Nick follow in the footsteps of the first Ulster-Scots who travelled and settled in America.

In this brand new series, the chefs stop off in eight different culinary locations, including Virginia, North and South Carolina, East Tennessee and Washington D.C. to meet local producers and learn more about the history of the Ulster-Scots from their descendants.

Speaking about the new series, Nick said: “In the year of the American Presidential election all eyes are on the United States so there is no better time to be returning for another food trip.

From bison farms in Madison County to oysters in Chesapeake Bay and fine dining in Washington D.C., Paul and I will be exploring great American produce and discovering some of the surprising Scottish and Irish history behind what they eat.

From experiencing the hottest chilli in America to cooking a dinner fit for a President, the series is an amazing adventure through the world of food and the shared heritage uniting Scotland and America.”

And Paul also spoke of his excitement at the return of Paul & Nick’s Big American Food Trip, “What a privilege it was to film this series. To travel and experience so many iconic places in America where our ancestors settled and formed communities was just fabulous,” he said.

“Chesapeake Bay, Shenandoah Valley and Smoky mountains - it was like being in the movies! And to film it with my best buddy Nick was, well, unbelievable. Ask yourself what could possibly go wrong?

“The food was spectacular - real southern BBQ, bison, sun-ripened Carolina peaches, Rappahannock oysters and Virginia country ham ... mmm ... I could do it all again!”

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of content at STV, said: “It’s great to see Paul and Nick return to our screens in this foodie road trip as they cook their way across some of America’s most historical locations, meeting locals and Ulster-Scots descendants on route.

“The new series is a great insight into history and travel, as well as a fantastic opportunity to learn some new recipes from these celebrity chefs.”

The recipes from the series will be available on the STV website.