PHUKET, Thailand – Culinary extraordinaire Chef Rolando Laudico, more famously known as Chef Lau, represents the Philippines in Asia’s number one design reality TV show, The Apartment, for its fourth season produced by Imagine Group in collaboration with Fox International Channels. The series is set at the breathtaking Bangtao Beach in partnership with Castlewood Group featuring celebrities from all over the globe. Chef Lau will be battling it out with 11 other contestants and get the chance to win USD 100,000 for a charity of their choice.
The renowned chef has been featured on television for the development of Selecta’s Gold Label Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream and was a recurring judge and host in the highly popular and successful MasterChef: Pinoy Edition. This time, Chef Lau is competing against an international cast, namely: Paula Taylor (Actress/ Host), Xiao Wang (Actress/ Jewelry Designer), Rima Fakih (Miss USA 2011), Lucy Clarkson – Demeo (Model/ Singer), Patricia Knudsen (DJ/ TV Host), Nicole Russo (Producer/ Singer), Mary Christina Brown (Film Star), Cindy Gomez (Pop Singer), Justin Bratton (Host/ Actor), Ryan Star (Singer), and Bronson Pelletier (Actor).
The cast will be divided into four groups to redesign luxurious villas provided by the Castlewood Group. Chris Comer, CEO of Castlewood Group, said, “We are extremely proud to be partnering with Imagine Group for this year’s brand new format of Asia’s leading reality design show, The Apartment. This edition has been taken to a whole new level, raising the bar for reality TV with a star-studded international cast in a beautiful and inspiring setting with our award-winning luxury villas in Bangtao Beach, Phuket. Also having all the winnings donated to charity supports our belief in giving back to local communities, something very close to my heart. Can’t wait to see the celebs go at it!”
This season of The Apartment, top design guru Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will reprise his role as the head judge of the competition, and former guest judge, Andrea Savage will join the panel as a recurring judge on the show. Jamie Durie is also back as the host of the show.
President and Founder of Imagine Group Riaz Mehta also expressed, “We are extremely excited to launch The Apartment: Celebrity Edition. The Apartment is one of our longest running reality TV shows and having celebrities as contestants add a varied dimension to the show.”
Mr. Jeremy Rowe, Managing Director, Decorative Paints – South East and South Asia at AkzoNobel, the manufacturer of Dulux, said: “We have a long-standing partnership with The Apartment from the very first season, and this is the fourth consecutive year that we provide the contestants with access to the latest interior design tools and resources. As the world’s leading colour authority, we are excited to the return of this Asia’s number one design show and look forward to see all 12 celebrity contestant this year to express their personal style and turn their ideas to reality.”