World's Greatest Food Markets

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Series 1 - Episode 2 Mexico



The next stop on Roger Barton’s expletive-splattered market tour is Central de Abasto in Mexico City. It’s a massive, noisy place covering 800 acres, employing 70,000 workers and processing 30,000 tons of produce every day.

As Roger’s Spanish is nonexistent – yelling “Flores! Battersea!” isn’t even close to the Spanish phrase for cheap flowers he was taught in order to entice customers – the “Bastard of Billingsgate” gets well and truly turned over with every deal he attempts. However his slightly spurious challenge of making a profit on another man’s turf is frankly less interesting than simply seeing how market traders in other countries operate – and that’s fascinating.


Billingsgate fish merchant Roger Barton visits Mexico City's Central de Abasto as he continues to pit himself against some of the world's sharpest traders. The wholesale food market is the largest of its kind on the planet, and $10billion flows through it each year as its produce feeds one of the world's biggest metropolises, but Roger has his work cut out as there's not a single fish in sight.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Roger Barton
Narrator Nigel Lindsay
Director Jamie Balment
Executive Producer Lucy Carter
Executive Producer Jamie Balment
Documentary Lifestyle