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CNN ‘Culinary Journeys’ features Philippines’ Margarita Forés, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016

MANILA – Season two of CNN International’s acclaimed ‘Culinary Journeys’ series kicks off with Filipino chef Margarita Forés, who was recently crowned Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016.


Filipino food is rarely mentioned amongst the stars of Asia’s culinary scene, but Forés is determined to change perceptions, one dish at a time. ‘Culinary Journeys’ follows Forés on her quest as she invites viewers to learn about a new side of Filipino food.



Starting in Manila, Forés walks through the market where her passion for food was first formed. The chef’s efforts in promoting the farm to table movement are evident in her restaurant ‘Grace Park’, which is part of her culinary empire.

Forés then takes CNN down to Negros, the island where she spent her childhood summers amongst the sugar cane fields. She presents how the local cuisine was born out of its sweetest crop creating some of the Philippines’ best desserts, and how its seaside has attracted Latin American flavours.


Over the course of her 30-year career, Forés has prepared dinners for three Philippine presidents as well as U.S. Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. Forés’ culinary journey culminates with her hosting a meal back at her family home in Manila, where she shares the best of the Philippines with both family and friends.


Airtimes: Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei:

Thursday May 19 at 1630 HKT

Friday May 20 at 1130 HKT

Saturday May 21 at 1230 and 2330 HKT

Saturday May 28 at 1930 HKT

Sunday May 29 at 1230 HKT

Monday May 30 at 1100 HKT


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