On Monday, September 28, Hollywood producer Phil Rosenthal, creator of the beloved sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, will debut his own food and travel series for PBS called I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.
The six-part, unscripted series will explore the culinary treasures of France, Japan, Italy, China, Spain, and the United States. At home in Los Angeles, Rosenthal will welcome guests including Martin Short, Allison Janney, Larry Wilmore, and Ray Romano himself.
Phil will also visit the legendary “maestro of meat,” Dario Cecchini, in Italy; see “football-sized croissants” with author and pastry chef David Lebovitz in Paris; experience ancient Eastern medicine “in the form of a powdered tea” in Hong Kong; and visit Albert Adrià's vermouth bar in Barcelona.
“My mother was not a fantastic cook. Our oven had a setting for ‘shoe.’” Rosenthal said of his foray into the world of culinary exploration. “I have always been interested in family, food, travel and of course, humor. The true essence of it all is to connect with others. If a guy like me can try other foods and travel to other lands, then maybe others will be inspired to do it too, even in their own city.”