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Get ready for a feast of flavors in the Secret Ingredient

The first of its kind cross-culture series premieres on Viu this April 30!

Craving a heartwarming escape filled with sizzling romance and mouth-watering dishes? Look no further than Unilever Nutrition and Viu Original series, Secret Ingredient! This delectable cross-culture series premieres on April 30th, embarking on a delightful journey that proves love comes in all flavors.

A Culinary Adventure Across Borders

Secret Ingredient stars Sang Heon Lee, who plays Ha-Joon, a Korean man who has it all—a top executive at a global 500 company hailing from one of the most distinguished families in South Korea and is consistently regarded as Asia’s top 10 most eligible bachelors. He suddenly decides to leave behind the luxurious life he is accustomed to to find some answers and hopefully, rekindle the past. His journey for answers leads him to meet Maya, played by Julia Barretto, and Chef Arif, played by Nicholas Saputra, who offer him a fresh perspective on life and teach him forgiveness, understanding and acceptance.

The Secret Ingredient is the first Viu Original regional drama series to feature an ensemble Asian cast. This unique production done in a collaboration Unilever Nutrition Southeast Asia and Indonesia, features household favorites such as Knorr, Lady’s Choice, Bango, Royco, Sariwangi, and Buavita, promises an experience that goes beyond entertainment.

Get Ready to Savor the Story

To officially launch the series, an immersive experience was held in Market Market where guests were taken into the Secret Ingredient world filled with games, prizes and interactive installations allowing them imagine themselves as Maya in the kitchen. 

Excitement for the series was buzzing, and both Viu and Unilever Nutrition expressed their confidence in its potential to connect with audiences. “With its rich storylines, mouthwatering food shots, and undeniable chemistry between our lead actors, we’re confident viewers will be captivated by this series.”  says Corinna Vistan, showrunner and executive producer of Secret Ingredient.

Echoing this sentiment, Unilever Nutrition SEA and Indonesia lead for digital marketing, media, and commerce Macce Samarist highlighted the show’s unique exploration of food and love, “The unwavering love for K-Drama and food gave us a platform to create a digital series that integrates love, drama, and food starred by a powerhouse cast from Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. All made possible with the creative magic of producers with Hollywood experience that bring Asian stories to life and a Korean director to ensure we have the K-Drama magic viewers are looking for.

Secret Ingredient is now available on streaming exclusively on Viu with new episode drops every Tuesday.

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