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I’ll Have What Phil’s Having comes to WUCF in September

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having invites audiences to join in on an international culinary exploration with Phil Rosenthal, the creator of the TV hit Everybody Loves Raymond, and one of Hollywood’s funniest producers. Beginning on Monday, September 28 on WUCF TV, this new six-part series follows host Rosenthal as he explores culinary capitals of the world and dines on regional specialties, all while pushing the boundaries of his palate – and the viewers’ – in his funny, unforgettable travels. In his search for the best of a city’s specialty, or one of its most unusual cuisines, Rosenthal entertains the audience while making connections all over the world.

In I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, Rosenthal sets his sights on kitchens both on and off the well-worn gastronomic path, where he meets those who are keeping traditions alive and creating new ones. Viewers will travel with him from Hong Kong to Barcelona, from Paris to Tokyo, and from a three-star Michelin restaurant in an Italian palazzo to a Los Angeles bakery training former gang members.

Rosenthal is a food enthusiast, but as he was growing up, he was not exposed to any adventurous eating. Rosenthal says, “My mother was not a fantastic cook. Our oven had a setting for ‘shoe.’” He continues, “I have always been interested in family, food, travel and of course, humor. The true essence of it all is to connect with others. If a guy like me can try other foods and travel to other lands, then maybe others will be inspired to do it too, even in their own city.”

In each hour-long episode, the unscripted series brings Rosenthal to a different location, where he embarks on new adventures, visiting artisans, markets, vineyards, and farmers, trying the special culinary treats and unusual ingredients each community has to offer.

Rosenthal also learns tricks of the trade from food authorities like David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris and Nancy Silverton, the 2014 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award. His Los Angeles guests, including Allison Janney, Ray Romano, Martin Short and Larry Wilmore, share in Rosenthal’s discoveries while trying some food for the first time.