Jimmy Doherty's Florida food adventure from oysters and rollercoasters to the Everglades
10.02.2024 - 09:19
Jimmy Doherty is swapping his Suffolk farm for sunny Florida as the keen foodie travels across the US state to visit its culinary hotspots. However, the ITV1 series isn’t just a regular travel show for Jimmy – as he finally fulfilled his lifelong dream of ticking Florida off his list of must-see holiday destinations. “Growing up, my view of Florida was Miami Vice, Gentle Ben, Flipper and all that kind of stuff.
I got to tick a lot of those things off my bucket list as a kid, which was great,” says Jimmy, 48. “Everyone knows Florida, but do they really know it?" "It was a journey of discovery," continues Jimmy. "And I wanted to get beneath what everyone knows Florida for – the beaches and the theme parks – to get to its vibrant food scene.” Jimmy explores the dishes on offer across the Sunshine State.
And while most people tend to think of greasy burgers, over-sized portions and stacks of fries when they picture American food, Jimmy was delightfully surprised by Floridian kitchens’ unique twists on classic cuisine. “In Pensacola, a chef introduced me to boiled peanuts,” he smiles. “I’m used to eating peanuts in a pub with a pint of beer but out there, they boil them in their shells until they’re really soft in a spicy stock.
That was incredible." “I then went to Panama City Beach and met one of the fastest oyster shuckers out there – you’ve got to be careful how you say that,” Jimmy laughs.
“You walk into a sports bar and there are guys and girls coming back from work – fishermen, policemen.
They rock up and work half a dozen oysters with their beer while watching the game. “I think in the UK, sometimes people go, ‘That’s too posh for me,’ but in Florida, oysters are food for everyone. Can you imagine if the cabbies in
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