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BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand has announced the first original format deal to come out of its partnership with FremantleMedia Australia (FMA), Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne, which is being produced for SBS.

The cookery series is being produced as part of the multi-year deal between BBC Worldwide ANZ and FMA to produce general entertainment formats for the Australian market.

Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne will see Rachel immerse herself in the world renowned food destination of Victoria.

In pursuit of new cooking ideas and inspirations, Rachel will travel around some of the most beautiful foodie locations Melbourne and the state of Victoria has to offer. With a notebook full of ideas and sketches, Rachel will take her inspiration and ideas back to her cute apartment in Melbourne, where she will create an array of delicious and simple recipes.

Bright, informative and engaging, Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne will offer a world of delightful flavours and insight to a unique Australian culinary region.

Rachel, who won a global audience with her modern twist on French cuisine in the BBC series Little Paris Kitchen, will begin filming for the new 8×30 minute series early next year.

FremantleMedia Australia has also recently produced the 14th series of BBC Worldwide’s Dancing with the Stars for Seven.

Jon Penn, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand, said: “Rachel’s unique style and creative recipe ideas have proved extremely popular with audiences around the world, so we’re delighted to be working with her to create a series with a distinct Australian flavour.

“This is exactly the type of high quality programming that we are looking to produce through our partnership with FremantleMedia Australia, enabling us to grow our content business in Australia, develop exciting commercial opportunities off screen and create world class content that can travel to other territories.”

Ian Hogg, FremantleMedia Australia Regional CEO Australia/Asia Pacific said: “Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne is a great opportunity to put a uniquely Australian spin on a BBC Worldwide format. Rachel is an undeniable talent and her star rises every day. This series will be unique, edgy and above all, incredibly engaging.”

Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne is based on the Kitchen Notebook format, originally developed by BBC Productions for BBC Worldwide. The series will be will be distributed by BBC Worldwide.