MANILA, Philippines – On Thursday, 19 February at 9.00pm, the Asian Food Channel (AFC), part of the Scripps Networks Interactive family of lifestyle media brands, unveiled the winner of The Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines 2 (AFC: FITP 2).
The reality competition series, which was produced in collaboration with the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPB), saw 10 new contestants travel across the Philippines, competing in physical and culinary challenges for USD50,000 worth of prizes.
In the highly anticipated finale, Sunya Thadathanawong from Thailand and Alec Wing from Mauritius went head-to-head in a heated cooking showdown. Their challenge – to use all the knowledge that they have learned throughout the program to make a traditional Filipino dish, and prepare it for 50 guests!
The judges also threw in a last minute challenge, tasking both contestants to make an additional dish using only the ingredients they had on hand.
Sunya cooked a local favorite, adobo (vinegar chicken) and sinigang (sour tamarind soup with chicken and vegetables), while Alec cooked hipon sa aligue (prawns in crab fat) and sinuglaw (fish ceviche with grilled pork belly).
In the nail-biting final deliberation round, due to his impressive skill and flavorful dishes, Sunya was crowned the winner and awarded the grand prize of USD30,000 in cash and a 3 day 2 night travel package to the Philippines. As runner up, Alec took home USD6,000 and a 3 day 2 night travel package to the Philippines.
When asked about his victory, Sunya said, “Winning Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines 2 is one of the best things that has ever happened to me! I will never forget all of the exhilarating places that I visited and the wonderful people I met. I hope that viewers enjoyed watching the program on AFC and will take the chance to experience the Philippines for themselves.”
CheeK, Head of Creative, Content and Marketing Scripps Networks Interactive, Asia Pacific said, “We are thrilled to have partnered once again with Philippine Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines for the second season of Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines 2. The program received very positive feedback and we are heartened by the enthusiastic response. We look forward to entertaining our viewers with more unique and fresh lifestyle concepts in 2015.”
The Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in The Philippines is hosted by Malaysian celebrity, Sherson Lian and resident judge, Chef Rolando Laudico from the Philippines.