Monday, July 25


Canadian celebrity chef to promote her new show among fans in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Kuala Lumpur

Food, oh glorious food! We can’t deny that we Filipinos developed a good relationship with food. In all of our celebrations whether grand or simple, food has always been the center of any joyous occasion. Admittedly or not, we deeply appreciate good food and the more we explore the gastronomical world the more we get to appreciate the bounty of nature by providing us with unique taste experience. 

Inspired with Anna Olson (image courtesy of AFC)

Great news to all foodies since Asian Food Channel (AFC) is featuring Anna Olson highlighting four cities in Southeast Asia through her new show called “Inspired with Anna Olson”. Starting on July 29 at 9PM, Inspired with Anna Olson will premiere exclusively on AFC. 

It will feature Anna Olson’s food adventure in a two week tour of Singapore then moving towards to Ho Chi Minh City, then to Manila and Kuala Lumpur. Throughout Chef Olson’s travel to the key cities here in Southeast Asia, each episode will feature food culture of each region while getting up-close and personal with her local fans. This latest AFC food show is made in association with BMW Malaysia and Emborg.

Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder with Anna and Michael Olson welcoming guests 

Gelli Victor hosting for the Philippine media launch of Inspired with Anna Olson on AFC

Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder

Canadian celebrity chef Anna Olson

Anna Olson in Manila

With about 10 episodes that will highlight Anna Olson’s memorable culinary adventure in the four Asian cities, Inspired with Anna Olson will feature street foods, posh restaurants and local ingredients while learning secrets behind signature Asian dishes. She will make her own version of the dishes but will stay true the techniques and ingredients breathing new life to each culinary masterpiece. 

Food enthusiasts and viewers can tune into Asian Food Channel network via SkyCable Ch 22 (Analog)/Ch 248 (HD), Dream Satellite TV Ch 27, Cignal Ch 26, Destiny Cable Ch 71 (Analog)/Ch 22 (Digital) to watch the amazing culinary series.

At the media launch of the latest Asian Food Channel show called "Inspired with Anna Olson" held last July 15 at Shang-rila Hotel Manila. 

Husband and wife team working together in the kitchen producing culinary masterpieces . 

               Chef Anna Olson with husband chef Michael Olson

The premiere episode will feature 3 local recipes- Squab Inasal (grilled pigeon served alongside seasonal vegetables), Kinilaw (tuna ceviche) and Tochino di Cielo (bite-sized custards) as demonstrated by popular Filipino Chef Rob Pengson. It will be exciting when Anna Olson inject her own creativity reinventing these 3 iconic dishes. She will be using a Canadian favorite food staple- maple syrup for glazing when she whips her very own Maple BBQ Chicken Wings. Canadian maple syrup is the best when it comes to adding subtle sweetness and shine to food.

Chef Anna Olson graciously chats with media people (our table)

Appetizers as prepared by Anna Olson- on the plate Maple BBQ Chicken Wings and Mini Bao with Crab Salad

Chef Anna Olson whipped something special for us- the main entree

“Inspired” Chilled Chicken Pho Salad with Pho Flavours

Atlantic Lobster Chowder is my personal favorite. It has an earthy flavour with rich taste lobster taste.

The star of our dinner- Rosemary Roasted Canadian Beef with Balsamic Canadian Blueberry Sauce and Wild Rice Pilaf 

I have been so grateful to my AFC viewers for the support and interest they’ve had in my baking and cooking over the years. The making of Inspired with Anna Olson has been a phenomenal experience for me. It has deepened my respect for Asia’s diverse and deeply-rooted cultures. This is my opportunity to connect by sharing my sense of appreciation and wonder at the new cuisines and dishes I’ve been able to explore, across so many countries. The flavors from the region are so varied and intense, yet at the same time, so humble and heartwarming. I hope that viewers enjoy the show as much as I have had in making it.” said Anna Olson.

Elegant desserts by Anna Olson

Lime Creme Caramel is a rich sweet dessert that is infused with local Kalamansi for a tangy sour kick

Medley of sweetness- Coconut Mini Doughnuts, Chocolate Macaroons and Rosette Cookies

Canadian culinary star Anna Olson philosophy in cooking includes respecting the traditional techniques and patronizing local ingredients while paying homage to the culture of the places in her culinary journeys through her creative adaptation of each dish. Recognized for her culinary prowess, Anna Olson has wowed the international culinary community through her numerous TV programs such as Bake with Anna Olson, Sugar and Fresh with Anna Olson, all previously aired on the Asian Food Channel (AFC).

In line with the program premiere, AFC will also stream ‘live’ the pilot episode of Inspired with Anna Olson on its website

About the Asian Food Channel
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 such as Bake with Anna Olson, Family Kitchen with Sherson, The Amazing Food Challenge: Fun InThe Philippines, Wonderful Indonesia Flavours and Fresh Off Japan. Online engagement for the channel website and Facebook page garners close to two million likes and continues to increase daily. Asian Food Channel is part of Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the world’s leading producers of lifestyle content.

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