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WEDNESDAY, 21 JANUARY 2015

Thai Rock - Restaurant Redemption Season 2

It’s the final episode of this wonderful 2nd series of Restaurant Redemption, premiering tonight, Tuesday 20th January at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT, “Thai Rock”. Thank you to you all for watching, I really hoped you enjoyed it. Also a very special thank you goes to all the people and restaurants that took part. It was a fantastic journey.

This final week takes me to the iconic Rockaway Beach in New York to help a waterfront restaurant that has already survived despite the odds. Two years ago, ex-Wall Street worker Robert and his Thai wife Metta's beachfront restaurant Thai Rock was decimated by Hurricane Sandy. The cleanup operation left them in debt, and Robert has sunk everything he owned into Thai Rock. Two years later, the surrounding neighborhood has not fully recovered from the devastation and with people still struggling to cover the cost of home restoration, paying to eat out is considered a luxury not many can afford. Helping a struggling restaurant survive within the recovering Rockaway community sounded like mission impossible. Had I finally bitten off more than I could chew?



You can join me online at CookingChannelTV.com/Restaurant-Redemption for exclusive web-only videos about Chinese cooking, including tips on shopping in Asian markets, the must-have kitchen gadgets for the perfect Asian-inspired meal, pantry must-haves and new recipes.

Love, Ching x

TUESDAY, 13 JANUARY 2015

Korea House - Restaurant Redemption Season 2

It’s that time of the week again! The new series of Restaurant Redemption, premiering tonight, Tuesday, January 13th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmET. This week it’s “Korea House”.

I am heading to Silicon Valley to help a restaurant owner keep her establishment afloat. Hye Kim is the owner of Korea House, a restaurant specializing in a Korean all-you-can-eat buffet. With big tech companies and college campuses nearby, it should be filled to the rafters with hungry office workers, but it is failing to attract customers. She has also borrowed thousands from her family and friends who are bankrolling her restaurant. Hye has little restaurant experience and finds it hard to be authoritative without shouting, struggling to earn the respect of her staff. With bankruptcy looming, can I help this failing restaurant before it is forced to shutter?

Find my web-exclusive guide to Chinese cooking CookingChannelTV.com/Restaurant-Redemption, including tips on shopping in Asian markets, the must-have kitchen gadgets for the perfect Asian-inspired meal, pantry must-haves and new recipes. I’ve helped dozens of professional chefs revitalize their Asian food and establishments; imagine what I can do for you too!

Join the conversation on Twitter at #RestaurantRedemption @CookingChannel

You can also connect with both me and each other on Facebook at Facebook.com/CookingChannel

Love, Ching x

TUESDAY, 06 JANUARY 2015

Naked Chorizo - Restaurant Redemption Season 2

Another new episode of Restaurant Redemption. What a great way to start the new year! Premiering tonight, Tuesday, January 6th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmET. This week it’s “Naked Chorizo”. Food trucks are the latest foodie fad, but one truck in San Francisco is suffering from an identity crisis and has called us in to help. Zenia Llamas was inspired to make her own "naked chorizo," the spicy Spanish sausage served without the usual casing. A food truck showcasing Zenia's chorizo-based Spanish-Filipino dishes was the logical next step. Things started to veer off course when customers, confused by the name and branding, assume that Naked Chorizo is a Mexican food truck. Their reluctance to try the fusion fare has resulted in the food truck's profits coming to a skidding halt. Zenia, however is a strong-minded firebrand who refuses to change the name of her business. Can I put this food truck back on the right track or will I be on a collision course with Zenia from the start?

Find my web-exclusive guide to Chinese cooking CookingChannelTV.com/Restaurant-Redemption, including tips on shopping in Asian markets, the must-have kitchen gadgets for the perfect Asian-inspired meal, pantry must-haves and new recipes. I’ve helped dozens of professional chefs revitalize their Asian food and establishments; imagine what I can do for you too!

Join the conversation on Twitter at #RestaurantRedemption @CookingChannel

You can also connect with both me and each other on Facebook at Facebook.com/CookingChannel

Love, Ching x

TUESDAY, 30 DECEMBER 2014

Kathy’s Chinese Cuisine - Restaurant Redemption Season 2

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year celebrations! Take some time to put your feet up and enjoy another new episode of Restaurant Redemption, premiering tonight, Tuesday, December 30th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmET. This week it’s "Kathy’s Chinese Cuisine"

Baron and Christine are the owners of Kathy's Chinese Cuisine, a 20 year-old restaurant that desperately needs my help. Baron and his wife have ploughed their entire life savings into this restaurant, but after 20 years of business, things are at an all-time low. Baron cooks a "healthy" Californian Chinese style of cooking; no canned foods or animal fats. They are not profitable enough to hire a chef, frequently work seven-day weeks, and are losing money hand over fist. The couple is so stressed that customers frequently witness their constant arguments. If Baron will not listen to his wife, how can I expect to be heard? Can this couple reconcile their differences and turn this restaurant around?

Find my web-exclusive guide to Chinese cooking CookingChannelTV.com/Restaurant-Redemption, including tips on shopping in Asian markets, the must-have kitchen gadgets for the perfect Asian-inspired meal, pantry must-haves and new recipes. I’ve helped dozens of professional chefs revitalize their Asian food and establishments; imagine what I can do for you too!

Join the conversation on Twitter at #RestaurantRedemption @CookingChannel

You can also connect with both me and each other on Facebook at Facebook.com/CookingChannel

Love, Ching x

TUESDAY, 23 DECEMBER 2014

Golden China - Restaurant Redemption Season 2

Christmas is nearly upon us so time to indulge in another episode of Restaurant Redemption, tonight, Tuesday, December 23rd at 10:00pmET/7:00pmET. This week it’s "Golden China" I am heading east, to a struggling restaurant in Canton, Massachusetts. Golden China's been in the Chen family since the 1970s, and since then neither menu nor decor have changed. Golden China was once considered Canton's answer to Boston's "Cheers" bar; a popular Chinese sports bar-themed restaurant. Now it has hit hard times and the bar can no longer turn a profit. Will I be able to help the Chen family continue their legacy? Will their restaurant remain empty despite my best attempts to drag their dated Americanized Chinese menu and decor into the 21st century?



Find my web-exclusive guide to Chinese cooking CookingChannelTV.com/Restaurant-Redemption, including tips on shopping in Asian markets, the must-have kitchen gadgets for the perfect Asian-inspired meal, pantry must-haves and new recipes. I’ve helped dozens of professional chefs revitalize their Asian food and establishments; imagine what I can do for you too!

Join the conversation on Twitter at #RestaurantRedemption @CookingChannel

You can also connect with both me and each other on Facebook at Facebook.com/CookingChannel

Love, Ching x