SBS Food, 5pm
Hosted by leading Norwegian food writer and television chef Andreas Viestad, New Scandinavian Cooking shows no signs of exhausting its titular remit. This is the first episode of season 12 and the enthusiastic, personable Viestad has plenty of dishes tied to the specific locale of Bulandet, a series of islands off Norway’s Atlantic coast. The region was settled for its abundance of fish, so he starts with a fish burger made with saithe, before comparing the sirloin steak taken from the hardy west Norwegian fjord cattle to Kobe beef.
Working on the water’s edge – it’s summer – allows for shots that are alluring but not postcard perfect, and Viestad has a sure touch with locals who often represent the old Scandinavia. The best is gruff octogenarian fisherman Havard Halsoy, whose boat is so old it was the first recorded on the national shipping register. Coaxing a grin and a shared joke from the no-nonsense Havard might be the most culturally relevant dish Viestad conjures up in this tidy half-hour episode.