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SBS Food to Showcase Darwin’s Zesty Food Scene

One of Darwin’s best kept secrets will soon be beamed across the country with a new TV series showcasing our vibrant food scene.

Top End Producers Ms Sally Ingleton and Ms Naina Sen have been awarded the contract to work with SBS to produce the series to be filmed around Darwin. The series will be presented by renowned Chinese Sri Lankan Territorian Chef Mr Jimmy Shu.

The NT Government has invested $200,000 towards this partnership with SBS Food, SBS’s free dedicated 24/7 food channel to produce “Delicious Darwin”. 

A series of eight half-hour television episodes will showcase Darwin’s incredible food and culinary scene, including the diversity of ingredients and the quality of our fresh produce and restaurants.

The series will be broadcast on SBS Food in a primetime slot and SBS On Demand. 

SBS Food builds on SBS’s 30 year history in food and offers a broader range of programming, focussing on premium Australian content while exploring the world through cooking, cuisine and culinary cultures. 

This initiative is aimed at experienced Territory screen producers and will further strengthen Screen Territory’s relationship with SBS. The project will also include career development opportunities for emerging local screen talent to gain work on the series as production attachments. 

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“Congratulations to Sally Ingleton, Naina Sen and Jimmy Shu on being awarded this contract to work with SBS Food to produce content for this national program. 

“Through Screen Territory, we are excited to partner with SBS Food to support this fantastic opportunity to showcase our outstanding local production talent while sharing our multicultural and innovative food industry with the rest of the country. 

“We know that today’s travellers are interested in great food experiences and as well as being a fantastic development experience for local filmmakers it will also showcase our amazing food offerings to potential visitors.

“This TV series will also be a great boost for the tourism industry, for local jobs and businesses.”

Quotes from General Manager SBS Food & Subscription Television, Chris Keely:

“SBS Food is committed to producing local content and investing in exciting and fresh productions which celebrate cultural diversity through food.  

“We are delighted to partner with Screen Territory on this initiative which brings together talent from across the Northern Territory to showcase the culinary delights of Darwin.”   

Quotes from Naina Sen, Director/Producer:

"We’re absolutely thrilled to have been chosen to work with SBS Food and Screen Territory to create the 8 part series Delicious Darwin, that profiles the extraordinary multiculturalism of Darwin and the Top End through its’ incredible food scene!

“We’re so excited to be working with renowned Territorian chef Jimmy Shu who will present the series and take audiences on a culinary adventure through his wonderful food world and the amazing people that inhabit it.

“This is such a fantastic initiative and we’d like to thank SBS Food and Screen Territory for giving us this momentous opportunity. 

“From the nooks and crannies of the markets, hidden city laneways to the majestic landscapes of Kakadu and Arnhem Land, we can’t wait to show national and international audiences our Top End, a place unlike anywhere else in Australia, through the sights, smells, breathtaking landscapes and stories of our most celebrated and hidden foodies!"


Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242