This eight-part series is presented by a new team of reporters – Matt Tebbutt, James Watt and Martin Dickie, and Kate Quilton – who travel the globe to discover just how the food we love is mass produced.
Food Unwrapped contacts supermarkets and producers with simple questions about the food we buy – What’s the wax on my lemons?; What are the bacteria in my Probiotics? or What is formed ham? If they can’t explain it, the gang of hungry detectives stop at nothing to find out, travelling to the food producers who supply the supermarkets to investigate – from Liverpool to Swaziland, and Thailand to Spain.
Taking the cameras behind the doors of factories worldwide, the inquisitive food lovers meet food technicians, scientists, factory owners, growers and producers. On the journey to get their answers, they report back on some truly amazing places, and most importantly, reveal weird and wonderful facts we never knew about our food .
An 'honorary Welshman' since the age of six months, Chef Matt Tebbutt is passionate about British cuisine, seasonal produce and getting back to nature.
After graduating from the prestigious Leith's School of Food & Wine in London, Matt landed a traineeship with Marco Pierre White, followed by a stint of classic French cooking at Chez Bruce. Moving on to work for his hero Alistair Little, he picked up tips on high-quality, rustic cooking and seasonal ingredients. In 2001, Matt and his wife Lisa took over The Foxhunter pub in Nantyderry, South Wales, turning it into an award-winning restaurant with a daily-changing menu featuring recipes using Matt’s foraging finds.
As well as working hard in the kitchen, Matt has presented Drop Down Menu on Channel 4 with Gizzi Erskine, Market Kitchen on the Good Food Channel and appeared on The Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen for the BBC.
Kate has worked in journalism and broadcasting for seven years, is big into food – and more specifically, what's actually in it. Kate landed her first reporter job for ITV West while she was still a student and went on to work as a Broadcast Journalist in Somerset for the BBC, spending a lot of her time with farmers, and reporting mostly on food.
Kate will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of what's on your dinner plate. Whilst at university, she undertook a student equivalent of Morgan Spurlock's 'Super Size Me', she ate kebabs for one week - breakfast, lunch and dinner. The stunt was picked up by a national paper.
When she's not finding out about what's in your fridge, Kate is one of Channel 4's youngest commissioning editors. She has run the online editorial for some of the Channel's biggest shows and now manages Factual multiplatform commissions including The Food Hospital and Foxes Live.
James Watt and Martin Dickie
Martin and James are two friends who have a mutual passion – Beer. Bored of the industrially-brewed lagers and stuffy ales that dominated the UK market, they decided the best way to fix this was to brew their own beers, and in April 2007 their own brewery, BrewDog, was born. They use that same passion and their discerning palettes to investigate what’s in our food.
In the first episode, Kate travels to Swaziland to find out just how they get tinned grapefruit segments so perfectly peeled, and Matt discovers in Finland, exactly what the bacteria are in Probiotics