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Aaron Craze, one of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen protégés, takes on home grown food heroes from around the world in Taste Off, a Discovery Real Time production Fridays 9.30pm.

The TV show, part part-travelogue and part competitive culinary show, features British chef, restaurateur and author Aaron Craze, as he takes on homegrown food heroes around the world.  From Rio de Janeiro to Sydney, Aaron's on a gastronomic journey to beat the best local chefs at their own game.

Aaron seeks out the best local chefs and the best dishes before challenging one of them to a taste off competition in which he takes a dish and tweaks it into what he considers a tastier combination. The judges? It is left to the local people to decide which dish tastes best.


We've signed up for a year's supply of Kopi coffee.

The aroma and flavour of the August bag of Sumatra Aged Mandheling Grade 1 coffee had us in an advanced stage of addiction after just two cups.

Every month Kopi send out a different single-origin, ethically sourced coffee from around the world, along with tasting notes and brewing tips. Choose from beans or ground.

We will be watching the post to see what coffee the September delivery brings. We can hardly wait! Absolutely delicious.

A couple of interesting coffee facts:

  • Coffee is best enjoyed 10 - 14 days after being roasted - most coffee on supermarket shelves is months old!
  • The majority of people think they should keep their fresh coffee in the fridge once they have opened the bag. This is probably the worst place to store fresh coffee - a dry, cool place is best.

Love the flavours of the Caribbean and want to recreate them at home? Then check out Grace Foods UK.

They have a range of products for tasty Caribbean dishes such as jerk chicken, callaloo or ackee and salt fish; as well as Caribbean treats like coconut water, guava jelly and the popular Excelsior water crackers and cheese krunchies.

We've tried beef jerky in the past and not been particularly smitten, until now! Mariani beef jerky made from free-roaming grass-fed beef is soft.

The company uses specially selected cuts of premium quality Australian beef which is then hand cut to the desired thickness before it is marinated in spices. Apart from being soft it has a really tasty, tangy flavour. It's low in fat and calories so we are now keeping a packet or two in the car or in travel bags for those times when we need a little something! Retailers include service stations and Tesco RRP £1.99.

In our last edition of At the Pass feature we highlighted African Volcano, a premium peri peri sauce and marinade made by South African chef Grant Hawthorne.

The Foody Traveller is delighted to announce that within just four months of launching African Volcano both the marinade and sauce were both awarded gold in the 2012/13 Great Taste Awards run by the Great Britain Guild of Fine Food.

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