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IHG launches Chef to Chef TV series

Michel Roux in garden

Michel Roux

InterContinental Hotels and Resorts and FOX International Channels have launched a new TV series ‘Chef to Chef’.

The Nat Geo People multiple media series features the crème de la crème of the culinary world, as acclaimed chef and host Sharone Hakman meets with InterContinental Hotels Group’s gastronomic experts Michel Roux, Ian Kittichai and Ross Lusted in InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Vietnam, Thailand and Australia.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort and InterContinental Sydney Double Bay form the backdrop of the episodes as Chef Sharone collaborates with IHG Culinary Ambassadors on location while discovering local insider secrets.

The chefs embark on a journey – sampling local culinary delights in spectacular destinations, before cooking up, on the spot, an authentic dish using local ingredients.

In one episode, Australia’s Chef Ross Lusted, owner of the two-hatted and award winning The Bridge Room and member of InterContinental Hotel Group’s culinary panel, takes Sharone on an adventure exploring local gems in Sydney. Viewers will join Sharone and Ross as they visit the famous Sydney Fish Market and renowned butcher Victor Churchill. While Ross prepared his exquisite picked and shelled Mud crab at The Bridge Room, Sharone prepared his signature dish of Grilled Beef Tongue, on the stunning rooftop of the newly opened InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

Culinary legend and three Michelin Star Chef Michel Roux, whose latest venture in Asia is the fine dining restaurant La Maison 1888 at Vietnam’s magnificent InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula resort, meets local fishmongers at Man Thai Beach, before preparing an elegant pan fried red snapper at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.

Thai award-winning Chef Ian Kittichai, took in Koh Samui, Thailand’s highlights aboard a tuk tuk with Sharone to source regional herbs and spices from local Markets, to season his indulgent Phla Pla Tuna, at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort.
Phil Broad, Vice President Food & Beverage, InterContinental Hotels Group (AMEA), said, “We are extremely proud of the exceptional dining offerings of InterContinental properties in the region, and are honoured to work with such an array of highly-acclaimed culinary talent.

“Chef to Chef presents an opportunity for us to showcase the supremacy of our cuisine to a much wider audience, and to share the journey of how our delectable dishes are selected and created,” he added.

Fion Yeo, Senior Vice President, Content and Communications for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, FOX International Channels said, “We are excited to launch unique, entertaining short-form lifestyle series like Chef to Chef and look forward to producing more original content like that for Nat Geo People. We are fortunate to have been able to launch Chef to Chef with three talented chefs from InterContinental Hotels and Resorts and renowned chef and TV personality Sharone Hakman.”

All of the series’ four-minute and 60 seconds episodes air on Nat Geo People across South East Asia and Australia and on National Geographic Channel in Japan from mid-January. The series are also are available to view at www.cheftochef-intercontinental.com, where viewers will also find the downloadable recipes to cook at home.

Earlier this year, InterContinental Hotels Group announced the launch of its Culinary Panel: a new initiative featuring five celebrated chefs, including Ross Lusted and Ian Kittichai, alongside Theo Randall, Sam Leong and Dean Brettschneider. Each of the chefs were appointed as IHG Culinary Ambassadors to develop a repertoire of unique signature dishes for guests dining in IHG’s hotels across the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region. The launch of the Chef to Chef series is a further sign of IHG’s commitment to its culinary offerings and establishing its reputation as the premium choice for world-class cuisine.

IHG currently operates more than 800 restaurants and bars in the Australasia, Middle East and Africa region, with more than 240 hotels open across five brands in the region: InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites. A further 137 hotels and resorts will open in the next three to five years, adding more than 200 new restaurants and bars to IHG’s range of F&B.

Currently available to view on air and online, Chef to Chef airs on the FOX International Channels network across Nat Geo People, National Geographic Channel and FX during the following dates in Australia and South East Asia:
-17th November – 14th December
-19th January 2015 – End of February 2015.
And in Japan:
-19th January – 8th March 2015

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