Netflix’s first Filipino Original series, “Replacing Chef Chico,” starring Piolo Pascual, Alessandra de Rossi, and Sam Milby, has captivated audiences worldwide with its unique focus on Filipino cuisine.
Created and penned by Antoinette Jadaone and directed by Dan Villegas, the show made its global debut on November 24, 2023, and is now available for streaming on the popular video platform.
“Replacing Chef Chico” unfolds the journey of sous chef Ella (Alessandra de Rossi) as she overcomes challenges, including the demanding consultant Raymond (Piolo Pascual), to save a Filipino fine dining restaurant threatened with closure after head chef Chico (Sam Milby) falls into a coma. The series gained traction for its authentic portrayal of Filipino culinary traditions and the heartfelt stories interwoven with each episode.
The series intricately weaves the narrative with Filipino culinary delights like Laing, Adobo, and Kare-Kare, offering an immersive dining experience to its viewers. Director Dan Villegas emphasized the world-class nature of Filipino cuisine, stating, “It’s high time for it to be recognized globally.” Antoinette Jadaone added that the series brings Filipino dishes to life, making viewers feel like they’re part of the meal, not just observers.
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The creators dove deep into kitchen life, consulting chefs and incorporating real kitchen dynamics into the storyline. Jadaone revealed their extensive research process, involving interviews with chefs to capture the stress and dynamics of kitchen life authentically.
“Replacing Chef Chico” is not just an 8-episode series about food; it’s a cultural journey, an exploration of Filipino heritage through its cuisine. With its heartfelt narratives and delectable dishes, the series promises to resonate with audiences worldwide, celebrating Filipino culture and culinary artistry.
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Filipino cuisine took the spotlight this year at the James Beard Awards, with Chicago’s Filipino restaurant Kasama’s chefs receiving top honors while Filipino celebrity chef and content creator Erwan Heussaff was acknowledged with the Social Media Award for his Instagram account that highlights Filipino food.
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