"Cooking is very therapeutic especially when you smash the garlic. Because when I'm mad, I just smash the garlic. At least from there I can cook good food," says Grace Lee, host of Cooking with the Stars.

 

Photo: Ricky Gay


Former radio DJ Grace Lee will be seen regularly on GMA-7 starting May 28, 2012.

Grace, who was romantically linked to President Noynoy Aquino, attended a press conference earlier today, May 24, held at the San Miguel Corporation office in Ortigas.

The Korean TV host is thankful to be part of Cooking with the Stars.This is Grace’s second time to host a cooking show after being part of Eateria, an innovative cooking show that combines food, cooking and travel. It was broadcast starting November 2009 and used to air every Sunday morning on GMA-7.

Grace was chosen not only for her hosting skills but also because she completed a course in culinary arts under Chef Rob Pengson in the Global Academy. Guests on the show include celebrity moms namely Camille Prats, Angelika Dela Cruz, Christine Jacob, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, and Candy Pangilinan.Kapuso stars Heart Evangelista, Carla Abellana and Jolina Magdangal are also part of the show’s lineup.

Every episode will feature a celebrity who has a food-related dilemma, and at the end of the program, the resident chefs will offer solutions on how to solve the problem.

Another twist to the show is “Cooking Star of the Barangay,” where the show will visit barangays, bringing with them a live brass band and dancing food servers.

Grace admits: "Cooking is very therapeutic especially when you smash the garlic. Because when I'm mad, I just smash the garlic. At least from there, I can cook good food."

The TV host also revealed: "I love feeding people."


DREAM CELEBRITY GUEST. When Grace was asked to name her dream celebrity guest on the show, she quickly answered Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. “I want to calm her with good food,” she explained. Grace plans to cook beef stew as well as Korean staples chapchae and bulgogi if the said politician does accept her invite.

During the presscon, Grace was also given a list of celebrities and she was asked to name a particular dish that best represents that person.

Marian Rivera: “Adobo…Classic but good.”

Dingdong Dantes: “Lemon Tart…Refreshing"

Jillian Ward: “Chocolate ice cream…Sakto kasi di ba sa Luna Blanca?”

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago: “Pinakbet…because you have all the interesting flavors in it.”

Mo Twister: “Chicharon…Stay Away!”

Angelicopter: “Wag na lang po…”      

President Noynoy Aquino: “Cheese fondue.. simple but deep, interesting.”

Kris Aquino: “Carbonara…what you see what you get, simple yet elegant.”

Grace Lee: “Myself? Spaghetti, you can do so much about it.”

 

Cooking with the Stars will be a thematic weekly show hosted by Grace Lee. She will be joined by top chefs who aim to solve the kitchen dilemmas of viewers. Chef Maricel Manalo will focus on kid-friendly meals,Chef Martin del Prado will teach viewers how to cook food fit for one’s barkada, Rene Cruz will specialize in viands for a fiesta while Kai Verdadero will offer recipes for delicious and healthy food.

This show will be taped at the San Miguel Purefoods Culinary Center and will start airing on May 28, 2012. It will air every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:55 am to 10:05 am on GMA-7with replays on GMA News TV every Tuesday and Thursday (7:00-7:10 pm) and Saturday at 6:45 pm to 6:55 pm.