A B.C.-based world traveller and entrepreneur is serving up success, and delicious dishes, as he cuts his retirement short to launch a television cooking show.
Duran Bodasing‘s design career spanned three decades, and some of his favourite projects involved designing restaurant interiors. So, shortly after retiring, he thought he’d take his love for food to new heights and try something new.
“I had some buddies over in my studio, and we decided to shoot a little test footage and see what happens,” said Bodasing, 53, referring to his eight-minute TV pilot video on how to make Dman’s Smashed Tacos.
But little did he know this feat would actually end up on TV and branch out into a full six-episode indie series called “The Dome Cooking Show.” It was filmed inside his dome-style rooftop penthouse in Vancouver, and each episode is a half hour.
But how it came to be was quite a coincidence.
Just one day after filming the tacos video, Bodasing attended a celebration of life for an old friend. He remembers it being a “tough and sad day,” adding, “Afterwards, a gentleman came up to me and said, ‘I hope you don’t mind me asking, but have you ever thought of being a host on television?'”
Bodasing then told the man he had filmed a TV pilot the day prior.
“And he said, ‘You shot a pilot yesterday?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it’s a cooking show.’ And that’s when he explained that he works for CHEK TV and he’d love to see it.”
Bodasing sent him the pilot later that night, and within two weeks, he signed a contract with CHEK for the cooking show to air on the station, which broadcasts throughout B.C.
“Now I’m ready to share some of my favourite recipes from my travels around the world,” said Bodasing in the show’s synopsis.
“I’m gonna take you on an epic culinary journey from the top of this amazing city and meet the people who grow, fish & chop the most incredible local ingredients you’ve ever tasted. This is the Dome Cooking Show!”
The show premiered on Oct. 21.
It brings together elements from Saturday morning retro cartoons, family roots, travel, favourite classic TV chefs, as well as his neighbourhood and friends, according to Bodasing in a news release.
“The Dome Cooking Show” airs Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on CHEK. Find more information about the show, including the upcoming “Kiss Kabobs” Halloween episode, online here.