SINGAPORE, 26 September 2016 – After five weeks of challenges and eliminations, the final four for Food Hero 2016 have been selected. A panel comprising of production and creative experts evaluated the entries based on the participant’s personality, on-screen appeal and their creativity in producing original and engaging content. The four contenders will battle it out in the final challenge at the Food Hero finale taking place in Singapore on 20 October 2016. The winner of Food Hero 2016 will join Scripps Networks Interactive as its newest talent on their channels, Asian Food Channel and Food Network.
“As the leader in lifestyle programming with two dedicated regional food channels, this year’s Food Hero participants have raised the bar with their quality entries. We are encouraged by the response from across the region and look forward to welcoming a new talent into our portfolio. We are confident that our next Food Hero will no doubt charm our audiences and provide a fresh take on all things food”, said Carl Zuzarte, Senior Vice President of Programming and Productions.
Leading up to the finale, the four finalists were challenged to produce and edit their own video based on GR848, a popular AFC digital series. In this challenge, contestants had to venture to their respective hometowns in search of great eats under USD$8. The challenge tested their hosting skills and on-screen personality.
Meet the top 4 finalists for Food Hero 2016:
Philippines - Anton Amoncio
The 27-year-old’s love for travelling has allowed him to dig deep into the cultures and heritage of the different countries he visits. Inspiring him to always create unique recipes based on the destination.
In his audition video, he brought us to Antojos, a restaurant that he owns and runs. He also showed us how he spends his time perfecting his culinary skills in the kitchen. Besides cooking, he sings, plays basketball and confidently proclaims that he loves being in front of the camera!
Malaysia - Farris Danial Abdul Rahman
Take a look at his Instagram feed and you will find yourself salivating at the various photos of his self-prepared dishes. His boyish looks and charms, together with his culinary skills are a bonus and will swoon you over. He believes that everybody can make good meals but it takes practice to ensure perfection in every execution.
He prepared a simple yet impressive version of scrambled eggs during in his audition video, showing that even the simplest of dishes can be whipped into perfection when given one’s full attention.
Malaysia - Koh Kay Kim
Cool and laidback would be the first few words you will think of when you look at Kim. But once he steps into the kitchen, his culinary talent takes center stage and propels him to produce only the best meals for his guests. Good food must be shared with others and that is exactly what Kim would like to do with his dishes and recipes.
With his culinary skills, and the only one to coach someone else to cook in his audition video, he prepared fried rice with duck and Japanese omelette.
Thailand - Pattaya Benjavari
Pattaya, who prefers to be called ‘B’ is not just passionate about cooking, she even grows her own food in her own balcony! She then uses her produce to whip up delicious and healthy Thai meals. Putting extra emphasis on the organic nature of her meals, from the way she plates her dishes to the taste.
She brought us around her humble home in her audition video, showing the simple and healthy lifestyle she leads. Besides cooking, she loves travelling and exploring different cultures and cuisines.
Asian Food Channel (AFC) is the region’s leading food-focused channel that celebrates the unique Asian culinary experience with the added touch of global flavour. AFC entertains viewers with a range of local and international content from reality, lifestyle to travelogue program formats. It believes in celebrating the rich history and story behind Asia’s most beloved cuisines and continues to grow its library of originally produced Asian content, breaking boundaries with new and exciting programs. Available in more than 10 countries in Asia Pacific, the channel’s online engagement via website and social media platforms surpass two million likes on Facebook and continues to increase daily. Asian Food Channel is part of Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the world’s leading producers of lifestyle content. More information is available on www.asianfoodchannel.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/asianfoodchannel
Food Network is a unique lifestyle network that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. It is a trusted resource that strives to teach, inspire, empower and entertain viewers through engaging content hosted by authentic personalities, world-class chefs and culinary experts. Available in more than 10 countries in Asia Pacific, the network offers a mix of local original productions and global programming featuring kitchen competition, culinary adventure, instructional cooking and home entertaining. Food Network is part of Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the world’s leading producers of lifestyle content. More information available on www.foodnetworkasia.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/foodnetworkasia