A Lincolnshire billionaire landowner, local pig farmers, and an award-winning chef from the county, all feature in the new BBC Two series Rick Stein’s Food Stories next week.
The three-week series spanning 15 episodes will begin on Monday, February 12, 2024.
The Lincolnshire focused third episode will air at 6.30pm on Wednesday, February 14.
In episode three, celebrity chef Rick meets inventor Sir James Dyson, who gives him special access to his ‘farm of the future’. Strawberries, tended by robots, are grown there all year round.
In 2023, Lincolnshire landowner Dyson was ranked as the fifth richest man in the country in the Sunday Times Rich List. His colossal fortune at the time was estimated at £23billion, made in part by the invention of the Dyson vacuum cleaner.
In the episode, Lincolnshire Chef Rachel Green also proudly cooks Rick traditional plum bread.
Rachel is known by many for her award-winning grassroots cooking, local food campaigns and TV appearances, and her family has farmed Lincolnshire land for 14 generations.
Rick also meets pig farmers Terry and Jane Tomlinson from Redhill Farm, who produce the “finest Lincolnshire sausages”.
Graham Fidling Traditional Butchers in Woodhall Spa told us that they are also mentioned in the Lincolnshire episode.
During the episode, Rick also “makes simple strawberry sorbet and the ultimate bangers and mash.”
Rick Stein’s Food Stories sees him travel all around the UK in search of some of the best food in each location, including Lincolnshire, Cumbria, Kent, Birmingham, Bristol and Northern Ireland.
As is custom with his previous travels, he returns to his Padstow kitchen in each episode to cook the recipes that he thinks the viewers will most enjoy recreating at home.
Rick said: “Behind every dish there’s a story, big or small. From fish & chips to pad Thai noodles, from chicken tikka masala to square sausages in a bun for breakfast on the streets of Glasgow.
“The series is about my travels around Britain and Northern Ireland trying to get a handle on what is British cuisine today.
“Some of the nation’s favourite dishes are not traditional to these islands, the series is an attempt to show how exciting and varied what we like to eat in this country is today.”
In a recent interview with The Times, Rick spoke about a successful heart operation he had in 2022, saying “the improvement in my health has left me tremendously optimistic”.
He added: “Even though at my age and with the normal realities of life I’m not going to last that much longer, I think as you’ve got your health and you’re optimistic generally and enjoying your life, you don’t tend to ponder too much about how little life you’ve got left.”