A new travel, cooking and entertainment show based in Greece and Canada is bringing a unique bicultural twist to OMNI 1 — one of Canada’s leading television channels.
Titled “Star Foodies!” the show is the creation of Toronto native Christina-Laia Vlahos, also known as “Gringlish Girl,” a television presenter and producer with a passion for food.
In each 30-minute episode, Vlahos takes viewers on a journey to different areas in Athens where she meets and interviews top Greek celebrities and fellows “foodies.” During their interview, the celebrity reveals a personal recipe and the story behind it.
Taking the celebrity’s recipe — and story — with her, Vlahos returns to Canada, where she enters the kitchen and shares it with a renowned chef, who tries to teach Vlahos and her viewers how to reproduce it.
In the final segment, Vlahos and the chef reveal the “star foodie” recipe that they have recreated.
In an interview with The Pappas Post, Vlahos explained the concept behind her show’s title.
“The ‘star’ portion of the show represents top celebrities that I meet while traveling throughout the different regions of Athens,” she said. “While the ‘foodie’ portion encompasses a personal recipe they reveal to me at the end of each episode.”
The show has featured Greek celebrities such as Sakis Rouvas, Kostas Martakis, Eirini Papadopoulou and Mariada Pieridi, among others. It has also featured prominent Canadian chefs Christine Cushing, Jo Castrinos and Helen Antonopoulos-Drossos, among others.
Vlahos said that “Star Foodies!” goes beyond food and travel and touches upon something even greater.
“The purpose is to overcome cultural and language barriers and bring people together via other means; food, entertainment and travel,” she said. “Yes, I have a diverse cultural background, but I grew up in Canada, where we accept the richness of diverse cultures. That is not the case globally, and my goal is to spread this message.”
The first 13 episodes of “Star Foodies!” were filmed in several neighborhoods of Athens — including urban, beach and historic locations. The second half of each show was filmed in the Greater Toronto Area depicting diverse cultural locations within the city.
The half hour travel, entertainment, cooking show has already been renewed for the 2019-2020 season on OMNI 1.
The predominantly Greek-language TV show features occasional English dialogue and includes subtitles in both languages.
See the trailer
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