After the success of Survivor Philippines, GMA-7 is launching another reality show on Philippine primetime. Titled Kitchen Superstar, the new show aims to find the best amateur cook in the country.
There is no announced schedule for Kitchen Superstar yet. However, since February, auditions have been held all over the country.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was there at the first audition held at the SM Skydome, SM North, Quezon City on February 19.
A total of 827 individuals came to audition. It was a mixed group: mothers and carinderia owners auditioned along with wannabe models and actors. All of them brought choice samples of dishes they had prepared for the judges to taste.
PEP and other entertainment press were able to talk to Marvin Agustin, the show’s host, in the middle of the audition day. The actor said he will host the show and act as mentor to the contestants.
Marvin, a self-made restaurateur, said he saw himself in the various contestants who showed up for the audition.
Professionals, chefs and graduates of culinary schools were barred from joining the contest because the show aims to discover ordinary people who have passion for cooking.
"Ito ay pag-asa para sa mga taong gustong baguhin ang buhay nila, na may passion sa pagluluto, na may gustong patunayan sa pamilya nila, sa sarili nila," he said.
Marvin said one does not have to go to a culinary school to be a top chef.
"Yun yung gusto kong sabihin sa kanila. Na dahil hindi sila nakapag-aral, may magsasabi na wala silang tiyansa diyan. Hindi e!
"Nasa sa ’yo yun. Ikaw lang ang makakapagsabi kung gusto mo, at ikaw lang ang magdadala sa sarili mo kung saan mo gustong pumunta," he said.
"You don’t have to be technical about cooking. Ang passion, innate ’yan. Nasa sa atin ’yan. Hindi ’yan ituturo ng school, hindi ’yan ituturo ng ibang tao, at hindi mo pag-aaralan kung wala kang passion dun.
"It helps na yung nanay at tatay ko, nagluluto. It helps siguro sa bahay na wala kaming helper. Na ako yung namamalengke, ako yung... Ang ayaw ko lang talaga sa bahay, maghugas ng plato. Pero papalengkehin mo ko, pag-set-in mo ko ng table, lahat ’yan gagawin ko. Pero yung paghuhugas, yung sister ko ang gumagawa nun. Sister ko naman, ayaw magluto," Marvin said.
Those who pass auditions will go through rigorous challenges under the country’s top chefs. The ultimate winner will be awarded a P1-million cash prize. The possibility of hosting his/her cooking show may also be thrown into the prize pot.
"Actually may sinabi rin sila sa aking possible cooking show. Kung itong mananalo ay entertaining, kayang humarap sa camera, maganda ang personality. Puwede siyang magkaroon ng sarili niyang cooking show," Marvin said.