Michelin-starred kitchen comes to Chinese TV

By Xu Fan ( ) Updated: 2016-05-20 15:58:45

Michelin-starred kitchen comes to Chinese TV

Actor Sun Honglei. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant has been rarely showcased in Chinese-language television dramas, but such an eatery takes center stage in a forthcoming series.

In To Be a Better Man, starring veteran actor Sun Honglei, a three-star Michelin restaurant and its kitchen become a major setting.

A Michelin chef is hired as the consultant to teach actors cooking skills. Alongside the training, the chef creates more than 60 recipes for the storyline.

The 40-episode drama will air on two satellite TV channels in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces from May 31. Simultaneously, the series will also be broadcast on the streaming site

Centering on a Chinese chef, the series narrates the man’s romances and struggles amid a series of cultural clashes after his return from the United States, where he has stayed for several years.

Sun, a 20-year screen veteran, says his role is a charming, funny guy.

"With his overseas experience, my character first encounters some misunderstandings back in China but soon finds his new orientation and goals," he said at a press event this week.

Li Xiao, the scriptwriter, says it will be an unlikely tale that is "far from ordinary life".

To re-create some millionaire characters' affluent lifestyle, the crew rented some expensive "props", such as 3-million-yuan ladies' bag and two drone cameras.


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