BBC TwoCooking in the Danger Zone


Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
Cooking in the Danger Zone: Food as a weapon
In the final programme, food writer Stefan Gates continues to explore some of the most controversial food issues and dangerous places in the world.


Stefan cooking and eating in the Burmese jungle
Friday, 29 June at 0040 BST on BBC Four
Repeated: Sunday, 1 July, 2007, 1900 BST on BBC Two

Stefan continues his culinary journey around the world with his most dangerous trip yet - smuggling himself into the jungles of eastern Burma, where the Karen people are fighting a vicious guerrilla war with the Burmese army.

Stefan goes on patrol with a Karen rebel group deep into the jungle to check on isolated villages that are under constant threat of attack from the Burmese army.

There he finds villagers whose fields have been mined to stop them harvesting their crops, and whose homes are often looted by the Burmese army. The patrol must survive on a little rice and what they can catch in the jungle, even if that means eating endangered animals.

Producer: Marc Perkins
Executive Producer: Will Daws


Stefan milking a cow
Friday, 29 June at 0040 BST on BBC Four
Repeated: Sunday, 1 July, 2007, 1900 BST on BBC Two

Leaving Burma behind, Stefan travels to Venezuela, which is in the midst of a socialist revolution led by President Hugo Chavez.

He arrives the day after President Chavez is re-elected and finds a country split down the middle, locked in a battle between rich and poor.

Key to this battle is the president's massive redistribution of land and food to the poor, paid for with oil exports.

During the trip Stefan cooks in the slum's soup kitchens, investigates food shortages in subsidized shops, and meets one of the richest men in the country who has been battling with "land invaders" for five years.

Producer: Chris Alcock
Executive producer: Will Daws

Country profile: Burma
19 Apr 07 |  Country profiles
Country profile: Venezuela
01 Feb 07 |  Country profiles


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