SINGAPORE — “Food Affair with Mark Wiens” is a fresh and invigorating journey of food obsession in Singapore, experienced through the eyes (and mouth) of popular food vlogger, Mark Wiens. The HBO Asia Originals’ production is the first non-scripted food series hosted by Mark as he discovers the untold stories, personalities, and history behind Singapore’s smorgasbord of delicacies, from haute to hawker cuisine. The six-episode series is set to premiere on November 18 on HBO, HBO GO, and will debut same time on HBO Max in the U.S.
With over nine million subscribers on YouTube, Mark is no stranger to sharing his love for street food, and for the first time, Mark assumes his role as program host in a food miniseries, “Food Affair with Mark Wiens.” Through the series, Mark deepens his understanding of Singapore’s dynamic food culture, acquainting himself not only with Singapore’s popular street food but its fine dining experiences as well.
Each episode features a star-studded panel of guests comprising a fine-dining chef, a culinary veteran, and a hawker hero. Through conversations, Mark uncovers the artistry and stories, as well as the distinct and rich culinary heritage, that has made Singapore home to more than 50 Michelin-starred establishments and over 60 Bib Gourmand locations, including street food and hawker center stalls.
“It was a huge honor to be a part of the Food Affair series. I am immensely thankful for this opportunity and grateful to everyone who has made it possible. In addition to eating lots of delicious food and exploring the cultural diversity of cuisine in Singapore, it was most rewarding to learn the stories of each restaurant owner and how they have followed their passion (sometimes against many challenges), which is truly reflected in the taste of their food. It’s undeniable that food is at the center of all our lives, and that’s what brought us all together,” Mark shared.
Directed by Gillian Tan and executive produced and created by pre-eminent filmmaker and consummate foodie, Eric Khoo, who also created the HBO anthology series “Folklore” 1 & 2 (2018, 2021) and the award-winning “Food Lore” (2019).
“Singapore is a delightful melting pot of mouth-watering food from the woks of street hawker fare to high-end Michelin-starred restaurants – a reflection of our multicultural society and heritage. Through food, I want to share with the rest of the world the diversity of what this tiny island has to offer,” said Eric Khoo.
“Food Affair with Mark Wiens” kickstarts a three-year partnership between the Singapore Tourism Board and Warner Bros. Discovery, which will see both parties collaborate on a suite of entertainment and lifestyle content, as well as joint marketing, to spotlight and inspire travel to destination Singapore.
Stream or download “Food Affair with Mark Wiens” from November 18 on HBO GO. Subscribe to HBO GO online here or the mobile app via the App Store or Play Store for as low as S$9.99/month. Or access HBO GO via StarHub, Singtel and meWatch. HBO GO is also available on Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV, and Samsung Smart TV – and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality. Download the app at App Store or Play Store and get a free trial today.