Chef Christine is surprised to discover how many foods trace their origins back to China - even her beloved baklava! Following the path of phyllo and baklava, an original recipe discovered in China, Christine ends up in the kitchen of celebrated Greek food TV personality Elias Mamalakis. And no look at the influence of Chinese cuisine can be contemplated without looking at the travels of famed Italian explorer Marco Polo. In his hometown of Venice, Christine explores the influence of Chinese cuisine.
celebrity chef and former Food Network host Christine Cushing takes viewers on a voyage of discovery, uncovering the fascinating traditions, philosophies and history of Chinese culinary culture and its surprising influence on food around the world. Christines motivation to embark on this journey is her discovery that 2,500-year-old Chinese philosopher Confucius was actuallya foodie. From exploring Chinese cuisines in North America to the culinary politics of Taiwan, the tasty richness of Hong Kong, and the blended flavors of South East Asia, Christine finds connections to the gastronomic precepts of the great Chinese philosopher both ancient and modern. Each episode features Christine as a culinary adventurer, fearlessly leading viewers to a deeper appreciation of our world through a gourmand filter. In Italy Christine questions the origins of pizza, in Greece she uncovers the beginnings of her beloved baklava, and in Paris she discovers that crêpes have Chinese roots. Featuring celebrity guests such as Anna Olson, chef Wan, Ming Tsai, Alvin Leung, and Janet Hsieh, CONFUCIUS WAS A FOODIE shakes up foodie myths, and takes a delicious look at the historical and contemporary landscape of Chinese cuisine.