Awal Ashaari How To Make It : Culinary Dreams Asia Food Channel

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Malaysia Celebrity Awal Ashaari

Join Awal Ashaari as he enrolls in a crash course at KDU University College to learn the secrets behind running a successful F&B business

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Professor Dr Khong Yoon Loong

On Wednesday, 9 April 2014 at 9pm (Jakarta/Thailand 8pm), the Asian Food Channel (AFC), part of the Scripps Networks Interactive family of lifestyle media brands, will proudly premiere its latest original production, ‘How to Make It: Culinary Dreams’ on Astro Channel 703. Produced in collaboration with KDU University College and IMI University Centre (IMI), the 6x30min series, which stars Malaysian celebrity, Awal Ashaari will broadcast regionally across 12 territories in Asia.

Join Awal as he goes down the road of discovery and takes on the challenge of opening his own bistro. Week after week, the actor-turned-host takes on tough culinary challenges set by his lecturers, from preparing gourmet dishes to creating an inviting dining atmosphere. Awal’s exciting journey at KDU University College opens his eyes to the important elements of setting-up a successful restaurant business in Malaysia.

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CheeK, Head of Content, Creative and Marketing of Scripps Networks Interactive, Asia Pacific

Derek Chang, Managing Director of Scripps Networks Interactive Asia Pacific said, “We hope that AFC viewers will join Awal as he pursues his dream of starting an F&B business in Malaysia. ‘How to Make It: Culinary Dreams’ is a compelling program that viewers can relate to and we anticipate great response for the series. It was a pleasure working with KDU and IMI to produce this high-quality program and we look forward to working closely with them again in the future.”

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Malaysia Celebrity Awal Ashaari

Sharing his excitement Professor Dr. Khong Yoon Loong, Vice Chancellor of KDU University College adds, “At KDU, we are committed to providing our students with only the best learning experience to further them in their career. On top of their academic programs, we embed elements of our E3-Boosters initiatives which include English proficiency, EQ development and Entrepreneurship for our students. Awal went through a culinary crash course at our ‘School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts’ (SHTCA) and we trust that his experience at KDU University will arm him with the skills and knowledge to open his own bistro.”

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‘How to Make It: Culinary Dreams’ is produced in collaboration with KDU University College and IMI University Centre. Catch the premiere exclusively on the Asian Food Channel, Wednesday 9 April at 9.00pm on Astro Channel 703.

For program information, images and episodic synopsis for “How to Make It: Culinary Dreams”, please visit from 26th of March onwards. For more information about the Asian Food Channel and its programmes, please visit

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Exclusive World Premiere (ASIA – 1st Run)
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 at 9.00 pm (JKT/TH 8.00 pm)

Follow Malaysian celebrity Awal Ashaari as he pursues his dream of opening his own bistro! Wanting to learn more about the food business, Awal enrolls in a culinary crash course. Taking on a series of exciting challenges each week, he finds out that running a restaurant is not as glamorous as it appears! Will Awal succeed or give up on his culinary dream?   


Awal Ashaari is a popular Malaysian actor and television host. Soon, he’ll be adding food entrepreneur to his ever-growing resume! Follow him in his journey of learning everything he needs to know to run a successful food business in AFC Original Production, How to Make It: Culinary Dreams!

Awal started his first career on television as a newsreader for 8TV. After winning the FCUK Model Search competition, Awal went on to host Astro infotainment program, Beat TV, and 8TV reality-competition show, One in a Million. Being an ardent follower of fashion, he would later be given the chance to host his own fashion program, W, on TV3.

Awal has acted in nine feature films, including Niyang Rapik, Syugar Cinta and Impak Maksima. These three films were box-office hits in Malaysia. He has also acted in a number of telemovies and dramas. One such drama was a Malaysian-Philippines collaboration entitled A Time For Us, which was nominated for Best TV Series Award at the 2009 International Emmy Awards. In that same year, Awal was also nominated for the Best Actor Award at the 22nd Malaysian Film Festival for his performance in Syurga Cinta.

Acting on his status as a role model to youth, Awal has collaborated with Malaysia’s Department of Labor to give motivational talks to primary and secondary school students around the country. An ongoing passion, this has been his small contribution to the nation.

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