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Barbadian cuisine will be showcased to an international audience by British celebrity chef and television presenter Ainsley Harriott. The author of 12 books and charismatic host of popular television shows aired in Britain and other parts of the world, is currently on a world tour doing a series of cooking shows for Britain’s Channel 4, whose viewership is estimated around four million. The new show will be called Ainsley Eats The Streets and, as expected, will focus on street food. The cooking show Ready Steady Cook once aired on British television and the American version Ready, Set, Cook which he previously hosted, were a big hit attracting millions of viewers. Harriott and his film team including director Alex Ferneau and director David Edgar were at a popular Martin’s Bay, St John rustic seaside restaurant on Thursday, where scores of Barbadians and visitors converged. Edgar said the scenic St John location was one of the “most beautiful sites”, ideal for shooting part of the Barbados episode that will be one in a ten-programme series. The team has already filmed shows in Istanbul, Turkey; Osaka, Japan; and Reykjavik, Iceland, before coming to Barbados. From here they will travel to Taipei, Taiwan; Sicily, Peru and Jordan. Harriott, who is the nephew of Sir Frederick Smith, described his current assignment as a new experience which was taking him places he had never gone before. He was particularly impressed with the atmosphere at Martin’s Bay, describing it as “the real Barbados.” “It has got a real energy, a real vibrancy about it” he said. Travelling around the world, he said, presented opportunities not only to discover food but to learn about the heritage of food.