Cooking For The Crown


Royal cuisine has held their intrigue throughout the years. Royal chefs and food-tasters have held their tongue to what has been served throughout the generations. Now, we get our chance to understand their appeal. In COOKING FOR THE CROWN, international chef Christian Bauer travels around the globe to interview and prepare specific home-cooked dishes for Royal families, taking them down memory lane and learning their history with food, culture, and family. Through a series of candid interviews with Royal families and their kitchen, we de-mystify the monarchy through cooking and learn how their country’s unique and traditional dishes have played a part in their lives.



Genre: Food, Travel, Lifestyle, Culture
Language: English
Year: 2013

Duration: 8 Episodes x 30 Minutes
Territory/Rights available:  Asia avails. Outside Asia c/o Beyond
Formats Available: Yes
Show Format: HD
Produced by: The Moving Visuals Co.

Client: Channel News Asia


Episode 1 – Balasinor, India
Chef Christian Bauer visits Asia’s Royal Families to learn and reinterpret their favourite dishes. In Balasinor, India – he meets Princess Aaliya Babi and cooks their family favourite: Lasaniya Kheema – a minced lamb with green garlic.

Episode 2 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The late King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia was a famous cook. This week, Chef Christian Bauer visits Princess Norodom Buppha Devi and re-invents the King’s favourite dessert – a banana and peanut butter cake. Will his version prove just as sweet as the kingly treat?

Episode 3 – Bali, Indonesia
This week, Balinese Prince Tjokorda Raka Kerthyasa of Ubud has invited Chef Christian Bauer to his island home to prepare bebek betutu, or dirty duck. But will Chris find himself set back by the ancient kitchen of this centuries-old household?

Episode 4 – Solo, Indonesia
This week, Princess Astrini of Solo Indonesia invites Chef Christian Bauer to prepare one of her late father’s favourite dishes – the Huzarensla salad. It’s a dish that is so simple that it’s challenging – and Chris needs to do what he can to reinvent this classic recipe.

Episode 5 – Rajpipla, India
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla has invited Chef Christian Bauer to prepare his grandfather’s specialty Rajpipla Chicken. Traditionally made ‘with love’, the Prince and his uncle await Chris’ soulful interpretation.

Episode 6 – Auckland, New Zealand
Chef Christian Bauer may have met his match in New Zealand where his love of and respect for food is shared wholeheartedly by the Māori. Can he impress the Maori King, a supreme guardian of the earth from which all food comes?

Episode 7 – Nagoya, Japan
The Tokugawa Shoguns were military Lords who unified Japan. Under their rule, Japan enjoyed 200 years – its longest period – of peace in its history. Today, their descendant Tokugawa Yoshitaka tells us more about their founder’s favourite food – haccho miso.

Episode 8 – Tokyo, Japan
The Meiji Emperor ruled Japan from 1868-1912. This week, Chef Christian Bauer prepares a traditional Japanese meal for Takeda Tsuneyasu – his descendant, and cousin of the present Crown Prince.