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-Cook Like the Locals - Grey London’s first work since winning General Mills’ creative account - promotes Old El Paso’s new Restaurante range-

Grey London
Aug 27, 2015 · 5 min read

Creative agency Grey London has unveiled its first work since being named lead creative agency for General Mills UKIN earlier this year. Cook Like the Locals is an integrated, content-led campaign promoting Old El Paso’s new Restaurante range, four soft taco meal kits — Steak Carne Asada, Pork Al Pastor, Chicken Tinga & Baja Fish — inspired by authentic recipes from different Mexican regions.

It is the heritage and the origins of the latter two dishes that have inspired the Cook Like the Locals campaign, with Grey producing two travelogues shot in the very locations the dishes were conceived. As well as these films and a host of additional YouTube content including pro cooking tips, the campaign comprises PR, a full social media calendar and activation, digital (through GreyPOSSIBLE), in-store activation (through Grey Shopper), a blogger outreach programme and a fully-integrated media campaign, which includes a foodie-focussed media partnership with The Guardian (through UM London).

The vibrant, colourful films follow the adventures of Simon Bennett, a fishmonger from Lyme Regis, and Charlotte Harbottle, a butcher from Gosforth, who travelled to Mexico with Old El Paso to discover the sights, smells, people and ingredients that inspired two of the country’s most famous dishes.

Simon, Charlotte and a Mexican fishmonger

First, the pair visit the hustle and bustle of Puebla, birthplace of the Chicken Tinga — a popular street food in the region. There, they meet the authority on local, traditional recipes, 93-year-old Nana Jovita — who not only shares some of her secrets, but, having never met anyone from outside of Mexico before, also arranges a huge fiesta for her guests, complete with fireworks, costumes and a street parade.

Nana Jovita

Next on their travels is the relative tranquillity of the Baja California coastal region, inspiration for the distinctive Baja Fish taco and famous for its isolated surroundings and fresh and abundant seafood. The film sees the pair go fishing with local fisherman Martin before heading back to shore and a traditional Mexican fish market, where they learn how to cook their catch like the locals have for years. It is thirsty work: the trip is finished off with a visit to Hussong’s Cantina, birthplace in 1941 of the original Margarita.

The films will be seeded via video-on-demand platforms, pre-roll advertising and sponsored social posts. The PR campaign includes the signing of former Pussycat Doll, winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2015 and passionate foodie Kimberly Wyatt as campaign ambassador.

The media partnership sees Old El Paso align with The Guardian and targets a passionate, discerning foodie audience actively seeking recipe inspiration in trusted environments. It sees the creation of a co-branded microsite within which will host a range of Cook Like the Locals content, Guardian editorial created specifically for the partnership (including an article with renowned food and travel blogger Niamh Shields — of Eat Like a Girl fame — on the social aspect of Mexican meals and the perfect side dishes to complement the Restaurante range) and an interactive guide to Mexican cuisine and ingredients.


Project name: Cook Like The Locals

Client: General Mills Old El Paso UK, Senior Brand Manager, Katy Jones

Executive Creative Director: Ben Clapp

Copywriter: Ben Buswell

Art director: Andrew Singleton

Business Director: Tamara Bennett

Account Director: Erika Bataillard

Account Executive: Seb Cohen

Agency producer: Jennifer Gillen

Senior Producer: Lise McQuillin

Planner: Andy Hyland

Content Planning Director: Alex Wrigley

Media agency: UM

Media planner: Maxim Kabakov

Production Company: Firecracker

Photographer: Andy Lockley

Director: Rod Main

Editor: Matt Newman, Craig Coole and Michele Difrancesco

Producer: Jayde Thomas

Designer: Beatriz Coias

DOP: Dave Miller

Post-production: Hogarth

Audio post-production: Greyworks

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