IN PHOTOS: Margarita Fores kicks off CNN show ‘Culinary Journeys’ season 2

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Asia's Best Female Chef 2016 and the woman behind restaurants like Cibo and Grace Park is featured in the CNN series

MARGARITA FORES. The Filipino chef is featured in the first episode of 'Culinary Journeys' season 2. Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

MANILA, Philippines – Following Anthony Bourdain’s exploration of Manila in Parts Unknown in April, the Philippines’ own Margarita Fores is set to give viewers a taste of Filipino cuisine this May. (READ: Philippines’ Margarita Fores is Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016)

Margarita, named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016 by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, will be featured in the first episode of CNN’s Culinary Journeys season 2.

Culinary Journeys takes chefs out of their kitchens and has them experience cuisines in a different country.

In her episode, Margarita shows viewers a different side to Philippine food, starting with a walk through a market in Manila.

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She then takes the show to Negros, where she grew up, and presents Filipino desserts, born out of the sugar cane that the region is known for. Margarita also explores how Latin American flavors influenced the food in the area.

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The episode ends with Margarita hosting a dinner in Manila for her close family and friends.

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Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the episode below: 

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

Margarita was a public accountant before coming home from a trip to Italy 1987 and setting up her first catering business Cibo di M. Today, she’s the woman behind restaurants like Cibo, Grace Park, and Lusso.

She also prepared the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit welcome dinner for APEC leaders, together with Via Mare founder Glenda Barretto. (IN PHOTOS: Beautiful Pinoy dishes at APEC 2015 welcome dinner)

Aside from Philippine president Benigno Aquino, among the leaders at the APEC dinner were US president Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Culinary Journeys episode that will feature Margarita will first air on Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 pm HKT. It will be aired again at the following dates and times:

  • Friday, May 20 at 11:30 am HKT
  • Saturday, May 21 at 12:30 pm and 11:30 pm HKT
  • Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 pm HKT
  • Sunday, May 29 at 12:30 pm HKT
  • Monday, May 30 at 11:00 am HKT

Will you be catching the Culinary Journeys episode with Margarita Fores? Let us know in the comments! – Rappler.com