Alliance Group suppliers star in new TV series

(Left to right) Frank Bunce, Tim Shadbolt and Richard Till toast a great meal (episode six in Southland)Alliance Group suppliers from across the South Island and their finest produce will be hitting television screens this week as a new cooking series, Gourmet Safari, airs on Heartland TV.

Hosted by celebrity chef Richard Till and former All Black Frank Bunce, the series moves down the South Island, spending time in each region, visiting farms and sourcing the best cuts of Alliance Group’s Pure South products from six of the co-operative’s suppliers.

After spending time with farmers and getting an understanding of life on a working farm, Till shows viewers how to turn the meat into restaurant quality meals while Bunce searches for other ingredients and shows off what the South Island has to offer.

Murray Brown, general manager marketing for Alliance Group, said: “This series provides a fascinating insight into some of our suppliers’ farms and underlines the quality of our Pure South products.

“We believe it’s important that people understand where their food comes from and Till and Bunce bring this to life in an entertaining way. The programme showcases the best meat in the world and teaches viewers how to take the freshest cuts and local produce and turn them into delicious, home-cooked meals.”

Richard Till (left) and Frank Bunce outside Cardrona Hotel.Each episode visits one of the South Island’s regions, with the series starting in Marlborough and finishing in Southland.

In the first episode, Till visits Lachie and Fiona Taylor in St. Arnaud to source a prime cut for a charred lamb dish, while Bunce takes a sea-kayak ride through the Marlborough Sounds on the hunt for fresh mussels.

During their visit to Queenstown and Fiordland in episode five, Bunce goes for a fishing lesson on Doubtful Sound while Till visits Alliance supplier Owen Buckingham in Te Anau and is given a lamb rack for the centrepiece of the meal.

Gourmet Safari will air on Heartland TV from 25 August to 29 September 2014 on Mondays at 8pm. Recipes for Richard Till’s dishes will also be available from

Murray Brown says the show’s producers are currently working with an international distributor to offer the series to broadcasters overseas which would provide additional exposure for the company’s brand.

Material supplied by Alliance Group.



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