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Food Unwrapped

Food Unwrapped

Channel 4 2012

The food and science series that travels the world to explore the industry secrets behind our favourite produce, industry secrets, and how foods are really made.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Food Unwrapped

Food Unwrapped - S7E1

#1 - Salt, Hens, Haggis


Season 7 - Episode 1

Jimmy Doherty heads to Sicily, where a vast network of tunnels leads to a subterranean salt-processing plant. Kate Quilton looks at free range hens, and is surprised to learn that most chicks on British farms have their beaks trimmed at birth. In the Netherlands, she visits a new cutting-edge farm designed using the latest scientific advances in hen welfare. Plus, in Scotland, Matt Tebbutt makes a surprising discovery about the origins of haggis, and then faces the ordeal of delivering some unwelcome news to an unsuspecting audience.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S5E4

#2 - Rose Oil, Pink Pork, Roasting Bags


Season 5 - Episode 4

The team travels the world to answer those niggling questions about different foods. This week, Jimmy Doherty visits Bulgaria to find out why rose oil is considered liquid gold, Kate Quilton tackles the question of pink pork - is it safe to eat? - and Matt Tebbutt explores the pros and cons of oven roasting bags.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S1E3

#3 - Prawns and Mushrooms


Season 1 - Episode 3

This episode explores how prawns are intensively farmed and discovers why there are often so few wild mushrooms in our wild mushroom soups. Kate flies to Thailand - the world's biggest producer of farmed prawns - to get a sense of the scale of the industry, and Matt meets a professional wild mushroom forager in the woods of West Sussex.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S10E4

#4 - Gelato, Rum, Sweets


Season 10 - Episode 4

Gelato bars are popping up everywhere in the UK, but what exactly is gelato? Is it just ice cream? At the oldest gelato parlour in Rome, Kate learns some important differences. And a gelato flavourist who's been dubbed the Heston Blumenthal of the ice cream world shows Kate the surprising reason why Italian gelato is famed for its staggering range of flavours. Jimmy visits Mauritius to find out what the difference is between white and dark rum. Are they made from different ingredients? Back on home soil, he learns where the term 'proof' originally came from: the answer is explosive, and it nearly blows Jimmy away! And why does Matt's mouth go cold when he sucks on a mint? To find out, he visits a traditional sweet factory in Blackburn, full of mouth-watering treats... and an unexpected encounter with a very hot chilli.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

Food Unwrapped - S10E6

#5 - Prunes, Black Pepper, Swiss Cheese


Season 10 - Episode 6

Jimmy finds out if prunes can help the Food Unwrapped team stay regular. After a trip to southern France for the prune harvest, Jimmy puts plums, prunes and prune juice to the test, and heads to Kings College London where he's tasked with making his own 'poo recipe'. A global surge in demand for black pepper has transformed the lives of farmers across Vietnam, where Kate learns the difference between black and white pepper, hears the secrets of peppercorn quality control, and discovers the remarkable lengths to which producers go to guard their valuable crop from thieves. And Matt visits Switzerland to find out why there are holes in Swiss cheese.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

#6 - Lemons and Ham
Season 1 - Episode 2

Kate and Matt investigate the wax on our lemons in Spain and Thailand, and Matt gets the real story behind formed ham here in the UK.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
#7 - Vegetable Oil, Water, Supermarket Pies
Season 5 - Episode 11

Jimmy investigates mineral water, Kate finds out what the vegetable is in vegetable oil.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
#8 - Whitebait, Doggy Chocs, American Beef
Season 5 - Episode 9

Jimmy finds out what whitebait actually is and why it's not available in most supermarkets. Kate visits a cattle farm in America that supersizes cows and asks if what our meat eats matters.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
#9 - Crumpets, Baby Food, Mascarpone
Season 13 - Episode 2

Kate Quilton challenges Matt Tebbutt to make crumpets, and finds out how they get filled with unique holes. Jimmy Doherty looks into the unusually long shelf-life of baby food, and is introduced to a brand new machine that preserves food by using pressure instead of heat. And, in Italy, Matt finds out why mascarpone is more expensive than other soft cheeses.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
#10 - Dates, Sausages, Apples
Season 8 - Episode 1

Jimmy Doherty heads off to Israel on the trail of the fresh date, with his search taking him to a vast water purification plant where the raw sewage of Tel Aviv is used to turn barren desert into fertile farmland. Kate Quilton is in Belfast to meet a sausage-maker whose sales suffered in the wake of the recent World Health Organisation report linking processed meat to cancer, while Matt Tebbutt is in Kent, where experts have perfected the science of growing apples.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.

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