Behind the reality show Chinese Restaurant'
(right) and Zhao Wei (left) talking
The hot reality show "Chinese Restaurant 2" is a Hunan Television production about celebrities running a functioning restaurant. In a recent episode aired on September 7, the restaurant staff receives a special guest, Olivier Guyonvarch, the Consul General of France in Wuhan. Guyonvarch recently shared how he got involved in the TV series with Changjiang Weekly.
"Chinese Restaurant 2" stars Zhao Wei, Shu Qi, Alec Su, Larry Wang, and Bai Jugang, who work together to start a restaurant business in Colmar, France. Guyonvarch explained that the location was selected from eight French cities recommended by the consulate. Guyonvarch said that the crew of the show reached the consulate last December. The consulate helped the team get connected with possible city candidates and facilitated their local communications.
After learning that Chinese Restaurant had begun taping in Colmar, Guyonvarch decided that he must go to try the restaurant's food. The show captures the moments of Alec, the waiter on "Chinese Restaurant," serving dishes to Guyonvarch, and being surprised to hear him in fluent Chinese, comment on the preference for spicy food among the people of Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan. Guyonvarch said that he and the cast of the show did not meet before shooting the episode, and they had no idea who he was.
Guyonvarch said that the program had caused a stir locally, when locals and media alike had the opportunity to get a close up view of how a Chinese TV show worked. Guyonvarch was interviewed by the French media afterwards, and introduced to the French audience on the advanced entertainment industry of China.
Olivier Guyonvarch over table