Be­hind the re­al­ity show Chi­nese Restau­rant'

Changjiang Weekly - - CULTURE - By He­len Pan

(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.

Photo source: WeChat ac­count of Hu­nan TV

Olivier Guy­on­va­rch over ta­ble

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