Singapore – The Asian Food Channel (AFC) will commemorate International Women’s Day by exclusively premiering two women-centric programmes this month.

On  March 12, 2013, AFC will exclusively premiere a brand new programme named Spice Goddess (13 x 30’), a series featuring talented chef, Bal Arneson. Born in a small town in Punjab, India, Chef Bal is no stranger to the art of Indian cuisine. She spent most of her time in the kitchen when she was a child and managed to master and acquaint herself with many authentic Indian recipes and cuisines. The series will introduce viewers to a myriad of herbs and spices, as Chef Bal demonstrates how everyday cooking can be delicious and also shares her favourite Indian recipes that can be easily replicated in the viewer’s kitchen.

Following that, on March 14, AFC will exclusively air Café Secrets (8 x 30’) a series hosted by food and travel writer, Julie Le Clerc, who takes viewers on a journey through New Zealand’s bustling café scene. After many years cooking in professional kitchens, running her own catering business, setting up, owning and cooking for two highly successful cafés, Julie is truly a seasoned player within the café industry. Follow Julie as she visits notable cafés in New Zealand and entices owners to share their success stories and divulge the secrets behind their signature dishes. Armed with the tricks of the trade learned from her expeditions, Julie then teaches viewers how to create their own delectable and mouth-watering dishes in the comfort of their own home.