In cooperation with San Miguel Pure Foods, GMA7 is bringing back its cooking show “Home Foodie” for a second season. Along with the resident chefs Llena Tan-Arcenas, Rene Ruz and RJ Garcia, Drew Arellano, 36, returns as the host and this time, he is joined by his pregnant wife Iya Villania, 29.
On June 3, Friday, the couple and the three chefs talked about the upcoming season of the cooking show during a bloggers conference at San Miguel Pure Foods' Culinary Center in Pasig City, where the episodes of the show are being filmed. More than 20 bloggers were treated to delicious dishes by the three chefs.
One of the favorites during the event was the pali kambing, a delicacy made of ripe banana mixed with butter, brown sugar and flour and deep-fried in cooking oil. Tan-Arenas said that the delicacy is common in the southern part of the Philippines and she inherited a special recipe of the delicacy from her grandmother.
Running in only three minutes, “Home Foodie” Season 2 is a quickie that contains several tips about dishes that can be quickly prepared at home by anyone with an interest in food and new food experiences. Staying true to its title and its slogan “Kayang-Kaya ang Sarap,” the cooking show will feature recipes that are simple enough for people not good at cooking to follow.
As the master chef, Tan-Arcenas considers herself the mother of the group. When asked by The Web Magazine whether “Home Foodie” caters to the common people or to the middle class, she said the recipes they feature in the show should apply to all and not to a particular group.
The Web Magazine also asked Arellano and Villania about their opinion on who between the husband and the wife should do the cooking regardless of cooking skills. The latter said she used to believe that women should know how to cook but now, she believes that cooking can be done either by men or by women. Her husband added that cooking should be done both by the husband and the wife.
Arellano and Villania dated for 10 years before getting married on Jan. 31, 2014 at Meditation Point, Kawayan Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas. In March, the couple announced that they are expecting their first baby.
Featuring only Arrelano, Tan-Arcenas, Ruz and Garcia, “Home Foodie” Season 1 premiered on Aug. 10, 2015 on GMA7. It also aired Saturdays and Sundays on GMA News TV.
“Home Foodie” Season 2 premieres on June 13, Monday, at 7:30 a.m. on GMA7. It airs Mondays through Fridays after “Unang Hirit.”
Watch Villania and Arellano share their thoughts about cooking here: