What will you have for lunch? Filipino, Italian, Japanese, Chinese cuisine? Or all of those?
Well, on Nov. 11, you can have those virtually while watching the new cooking/talk show on GMA News TV (Ch. 11 on free-to-air TV), and it goes on the air every Sunday, 11 to 11:30 a.m. with chef Sharwin Tee as host.
If you’ve been watching cooking shows on any channel available on your cable TV provider, like Food Channel, AFC (Asian Food Channel), tlc, FYI and many others, you’d notice that Let’s Do Lunch’s format is very different as it doesn’t only show the audience the way to cook a dish and what recipes must be used, but it is also a talk show with guests that have made a positive impact in the society. The chef/host will take a jab on them so they can share their secrets to success; give the audience a peek into their mindsets and beliefs, through, as we say, the lens of food.
The interviews take place over a shared meal that chef Sharwin cooked for them in a cozy setting.
Among the celebrities that are lined up to appear in the show are Julie San Jose, Kylene Alcantara, Derrick Monasterio, and beauty queen Mariel de Leon.
If you’re unfamiliar with chef Sharwin Tee, you can log on and go to YouTube and Facebook and search for Curiosity Got the Chef, a long-running cooking and travel show on TV, and on the web Bet You Didn’t Know and Not Safe for the Hugry.
Sharwin is know for his quirky yet innovative twists on traditional Filipino and Fil-Chi cuisine after graduating from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vacouver, Canada. He is also an author with two books published Curiosity Got The Chef, The Cookbook and the recently released So, You Want To Be Chef?, a memoir chronicling his journey to cooking, from a six-year old kid mesmerized by a cooking show to becoming what he is now, a true inspiration for many aspiring chefs.
Sharwin also cooked for a number of dignitaries and social and political celebrities like the former Canadian Ambassador Christopher Thornley and current Canadian Ambassador to Manila John Holmes at his residence, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice-President Leni G. Robredo, Top Chef champion Paul Qui, the Voice’s Dia Frampton, and Pinoy rock star Ely Buendia.
Sharwin has also worked with global consumer brands like Hunt’s and Spam, processed food company Nutri Asia, convenience store Mini Stop, meat wholesaler Bounty Fresh, wine company Casillero del Diablo, and the United States Potato Board mainly to conduct seminars, create recipes and hold cooking demonstrations.
He is also an advocate of education and reading regularly holding pop-up dinners the entire proceeds of which go to building pubic school libraries. To date, he has held some 20 pop-up dinners in the country and overseas, all sold out in San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis, Seattle, and Chicago.