SOURCE: Lifestyle Network

March 18, 2016 07:12 ET

Lifestyle Network Premieres Its First Original Food and Travel Show, Spice to Life

Celebrated Chefs and Restaurateurs Take Audiences on the Most Exciting Gastronomic Adventure Yet

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - March 18, 2016) -  Behind everything remarkable is a story: the best bourride perfected with practice, the ensemada made contemporary through the mastery of basic techniques, the human transcendence into artist. Beyond the Michelin stars and competition trophies are artists that have not only discovered the soul behind food, but have also traversed unique journeys. Meet celebrated and awarded chefs and restaurateurs as they share their secrets to success and take audiences on never before seen food tours on Lifestyle Network's first original food and travel series, Spice to Life. Spice to Life premieres on March 20 and airs Sundays at 7:30pm Pacific.

Lifestyle Network's Spice to Life is a series where chefs and restaurateurs share their passion for food, culture, people, and their communities. It reveals their remarkable journeys and secret ingredients to their success, highlights their favorite local food spots that are hidden from the average tourist, and demonstrates their signature dishes. Distinct palates, authenticity to flavor and a commitment to philanthropy allow them to bring their cuisine to the forefront of the food revolution. They harvest. They create. They nourish life.

"Spice to Life, in itself, is the recipe to top notch entertainment," said Lifestyle Network channel head Aileen Paredes. "It is adventurous, satisfying, and moving, all at once. More and more, we are finding ourselves in an era where audiences are asking for amazing role models that are reflections of this generation. Spice to Life brings scores of inspirational achievers and their delicious stories to your Sunday night television."

On March 20, its season debuts with New York entrepreneur Nicole Ponseca, restaurateur and owner of influential food establishments, Maharlika and Jeepney. Best known for revolutionizing Filipino cuisine for the mainstream eater, Ponseca removed the fear factor elements behind the cuisine, replacing it with visible and tangible details of Philippine hospitality, the novelty of unique combinations of Asian flavors, and the magic of condiments like banana ketchup, fish sauce, and shrimp paste. The former advertising executive decided, "I hired myself to re-brand and re-market Filipino food and it became my new client." In a decade, she would give it a fresh look, palatable design, and lasting effervescence, catching the attention of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Zagat, Thrillist, Vice, the James Beard Foundation, and Food Network's Bobby Flay.

Ponseca adds, "I could write a book on the things I've learned along the way, from financing and investor relations to hiring, but the best advice I can offer is to be authentic to yourself. Be kind to yourself. Work harder and smarter than anyone else."

Join Nicole Ponseca this Sunday as she scouts the boroughs of New York for the best food finds, cooks with executive chef Miguel Trinidad, and talks about what drives her skyward success.

Lifestyle Network programming opens the doors to a whole new world of possibility. Check local listings for channel availability.

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Lifestyle Network is a living and travel TV guide that fulfills the lifestyle needs of modern Filipinos around the globe. A TFC premium channel, Lifestyle Network's programming is a unique combination of original and acquired shows airing 24/7 in English. Broadcast in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, it is available through satellite, cable, and video on demand platforms. Based in Redwood City, California, the channel is owned by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation -- the Philippines' largest entertainment and broadcasting company, through ABS-CBN Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary, ABS-CBN Global Hungary Kft. To find Lifestyle Network in your area and for exclusive content online, visit

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