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“Robert Danhi – Taste of Vietnam” to debute on HTV7 next month
Kieu Giang
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“Robert Danhi – Taste of Vietnam” to debute on HTV7 next month

Kieu Giang

By Kieu Giang in HCMC

U.S. chef/photographer Robert Danhi will play host to the second season of “Taste of Vietnam” TV series in July - Photo: Kieu Giang

Robert Danhi, an American chef/ photographer and scholar on Asian food, will replace his predecessor/ celebrity chef Martin Yan to host the second season of “Taste of Vietnam” reality show on HTV7 in mid-July.

Viewers will follow Danhi’s footsteps in some spectacular destinations around the country, from the romantic mountainous provinces of Ha Giang and Yen Bai to the scared land of Phu Tho where Hung Kings are worshipped, and to some national heritages in the north-central provinces of Th anh Hoa and Quang Binh and peaceful life in the Mekong Delta provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap.

Especially, the new season will focus on introducing the nation’s seas and islands and their unique food culture like Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Ly Son, Ha Tien and Ca Mau.

“Becoming the host of Taste of Vietnam is one of the great honors of my life. Being chosen to curate your culture, to tell the amazing stories of the Vietnamese people, places and food to the world is a privilege I will always be grateful for,” said Robert Danhi, at the launching ceremony of the program in HCMC’s District 1 on Tuesday.

“There have been so many truly unique Vietnamese experiences. We have discovered the hidden charm of your country and soon get to share it with not only Vietnam…but the world,” he added.

Audiences have a chance to see daily activities of people in each locality and see the chef instructing how to prepare food with his own style and creativity.

“We have learnt and improved from the fi rst season featuring celebrity chef Martin Yan. We invest around VND30 billion for the new series. By year end we expect to publish a book featuring food recipes of both Yan and Danhi in these shows,” said Do Van Buu Dien, CEO of Dien Quan Media & Entertainment, the show’s creator.

“We also expect ‘Martin Yan - Taste of Vietnam’ to be on 300 channels in North America next year. It’s possible Dien Quan will host a trip to the U.S. to promote the show,” Dien added.

Danhi, who comes from Los Angeles, is currently researching Southeast Asian cuisine for his doctorate studies. He published the book “Southeast Asian Flavors: Adventures in Cooking the Foods of Th ailand, Vietnam, Malaysia & Singapore” in 2008 featuring over 100 authentic recipes accompanied by more than 700 of Danhi’s photos explaining to readers what to shop, details on countless ingredients, and techniques and celebrating the people, places and food of his second home. The book was awarded the title Best Asian Cookbook in the U.S. and second best Asian Cookbook in the World by Gourmand.

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