Dallas-Based Streaming Channel Gives Viewers a Taste of Texas

Local chefs, restaurateurs, and foodies alike are giving viewers an inside look at Dallas' food industry through this interactive viewing experience.

You might find yourself hungry for more after watching Nikky Phinyawatana—founder of Dallas’ Asian Mint and EnjoyMint—bring the movers and shakers of DFW’s food industry into your home with new streaming channel Texas Foodies TV.

Viewers can interact with Phinyawatana and her guests by commenting and receiving feedback in real time. Launched earlier this year, the show has an estimated streaming audience of 450,000 foodies, according to a release. 

“Texas Foodies TV provides an incredible platform for us to share with our viewers the amazing diversity of food that Texas offers,” Margaret McKoin, The Time Group’s CMO, told Dallas Innovates. “Showcasing award-winning restaurateurs, who are passionate about food, their culture and people, is a story worth sharing.”

The channel includes guests from Dallas-based La Madeleine, Chamberlains, and Hammbone Willy’s that come from a variety of food industry backgrounds, such as restaurateurs, directors of sales, and foodies of all kinds.

“It is a rare treat to have the opportunity to sit down and glean from a visionary such as Vikas Khanna,” Phinyawatana said. “He not only feeds the souls of those who enjoy his food, but also helps bring others into everything that makes the Indian culture so incredible.”The latest episode features Vikas Khanna, a James Beard Award nominee and Michelin Star chef. Khanna is also the host of MasterChef India and was featured as one of the top ten most influential chefs in the world by Deustche Welle and Gazette Review. 

Just like the show itself, Phinyawatana has strong ties to North Texas. After coming to the United States from Thailand, she attended Dallas’ The Hockaday School and later became the Food and Hospitality Pastry Chef Associate at El Centro College. She’s now a member of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, and her restaurants have received acclaim from D Magazine and The Dallas Observer, along with Food & Wine, TripAdvisor, and Zagat. 

The Time Group hopes to have up to 20 different shows eventually that will appeal to a variety of interests, including art, fashion, and beauty, McKoin says. Texas Foodies TV’s first six episodes can be streamed now on its website as well as on YouTube for free. 

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