Hosting a cooking show is good timing for Sam Oh.
It came when she started to learn cooking at home, together with her mom who loves to prepare Korean food.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and some entertainment writers got to hear a few things about how Sam started her career as a host.
She related her story at the pocket press conference prepared for her and Chef Sau Del Rosario’s new show Sarap to Heart at Napa restaurant on Tomas Morato, Quezon City, last May 11.
Korean-born Sam first tried out hosting a few years ago.
She was Monsour Del Rosario’s co-host at a Filipino-Korean Cultural Exchange Festival held at the Rizal Coliseum in Manila.
As a student then at the De La Salle University, Sam did not have experience in hosting.
She recalled a moment when, “I was crying, may mascara sa face ko. Then, nagpapa-picture ako!
“It was so funny!”
Little did Sam know that this funny moment would start her passion for hosting.
PERFECT TIMING. Since her first hosting stint, every opportunity that came her way seemed to be perfect timing.
After she graduated, Sam auditioned to host a new show on ETC channel.
Luckily, she got hired and hosted the defunct lifestyle show called Rated Oh! (2005) for three years.
She also started her DJ career at former Hit FM 99.5, together with now Boys Night Out DJ Sam YG.
But when her co-host got suspended and moved to another radio station, Sam was given a replacement show. She decided soon, however, to leave her radio jock career for good.
Sam came back on TV when she was chosen to host a lifestyle show on Q-TV11 called Living It Up (2008), which was somehow close to the format of her previous TV show.
Although the program ended, opportunities never stopped coming Sam’s way.
LIKES HOSTING, NOT DRAMA. When her interest in cooking was sparking up, a chance to host a cooking show came along.
The very first cooking show that was offered to Sam was True Confections (2008).
It is a 30-minute show that she hosted with Chef Aileen Anastacio and Chef Jackie Ang-Po.
“You know what, I’m not sure,” she replied with a laugh when we asked how she got to host a cooking show without having any background.
She related, “I was just asked to host a cooking show, first one is True Confections.
“I was personally very happy about it kasi at that time, in my personal life, I was like trying to explore cooking at home.
“So, when they offered me a cooking show I was like, ‘Oh, this is perfect!’ Then, I guess from there tuluy-tuloy na.”
She had tried hosting a lifestyle show, then a cooking show, and now a cooking and dating game show.
How can all of these be different from each other?
“Well it’s very different,” she replied brightly.
“Like for example, Sarap at Home, it was not really hosting. It was more like acting.
“So, I guess with Sarap to Heart, parang I was going back to my original style of hosting, which is more like welcoming everyone on the show, talking to the audience which I enjoy, actually.
“But it was really, completely, different from Sarap at Home.”
But no matter where her hosting career may go, Sam is sure of one thing—she will never do serious acting.
With a loud laugh she says, “Wow, like serious acting? Hindi ko kaya ‘yong mga drama.
“Yes, with Sarap at Home [I do skits] because the show is like that, acting.
“But like ‘yong serious acting, afraid!”