Introducing the Campervan cook
The joys of the open road and cooking what you can buy or catch along the way are to be explored in a new television series.
The Camper Van Cook sees Martin Dorey embark on a foodie road trip around Britain, living out of Pootle, a vintage T25 Volkswagen Camper, and sampling the finest cuisine the island has to offer.
The first episode, which airs on Monday night on BBC Two, sees Martin visit Clovelly, near his family home in North Devon, to fish.
Later episodes will see him searching for oysters in Kent, whisky in the Scottish islands, honey in Northumberland and crabs in Norfolk.
“It was one of the longest trips I have ever been on,” he said.
“It was quite an adventure, five or six weeks in total around the whole of the UK.
“I went to a lot of places, especially inland, which I hadn’t been to before.
“ Normally I go surfing in Scotland or Ireland, but that’s around the coasts.”
The ten-part series follows on from the success of last year’s Camper Van Cookbook, in which Mr Dorey provided recipes for meals you could make on a bad cooker in a van, or an open fire or barbecue.
The Devon episode sees him set up on the beach before he fishes for his lunch, has to beat the tide to pick mussels and tries to master an egg banjo sandwich.
His love affair with the open road started many years back when he was a student in Manchester, when he’d camp in his van on surfing trips to North Wales. Later, working in the film industry in London, it represented the great escape.
Now living on the North Devon coast with his family, within strolling distance of wide sands and good surf, the family still gets away at weekends, venturing down the coast of Cornwall.
The series takes Martin from home through the New Forest, East Anglia and Northumberland, to Scotland and back, via the Lake District and Wales. He said his favourite part of filming last summer was in the Trossachs National Park in Western Scotland.
Here he took part in tyre fishing – fly fishing while wearing flippers and floating on a lake in a tyre, which allows fishermen to get closer to fish without spooking them.
The series is being shown Monday to Friday on BBC Two for the next two weeks at 6.30pm.