His first quest takes him to the northernmost tip of Luzon, landing him in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. Join Chef Sandy as he goes straight to the best places to get to know a region’s food culture, setting himself right in the middle of the hubbub of the busy Laoag Sunday market. There, he familiarizes himself with the tastes and cravings of the Ilocano people—taking on the famous Ilocos empanada, bagnet with KBL (kamatis, bagoong Balayan and lasona), and pinakbet. He even goes into the debate between Batac and Laoag longganisa, and visits the man who is known to have revolutionized Ilocano cuisine.
Meanwhile, in another locally-produced show, the Lifestyle Network’s “Curiosity Got the Chef” features the quirky Chef Sharwin Tee as he sets meat aside for a while, declaring a meat-free zone. Taking a leap of faith to see if he can make things greener on his side of the fence, Chef Sharwin is out to prove that a dish can be as rich and flavorful, even in the absence of bacon and the rest of its meaty relatives. Cooking up Veggie Hash and a 6-Minute Egg, Mucver with Spicy Sour Cream, Roasted Squash and Coconut Risotto, and Malted Choco Butter Pinipig Bites, Chef Sharwin makes vegetarian delight grow in all the right directions.
Don’t miss out on the Lifestyle Network’s best locally-produced shows, as “FoodPrints” premieres on Saturday (September 21) at 8:30 p.m., with replays on Sundays at 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m., and Fridays at 2:00 p.m., and “Curiosity Got the Chef” airs on Wednesday (September 18) at 9:30 p.m. For more details, visit and like the Lifestyle Network on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LifestyleNetwork.