Taste Awards Winner
DANIELLE CHANG / CREATOR + HOST
Danielle is the founder of the LUCKYRICE Festival, a nationwide showcase of Asian food culture in the U.S. For LUCKY CHOW, she has put together both iconic and rising star chefs to showcase the unprecedented interest in Asian culinary culture today and the stories behind why our tastebuds are gravitating East. Born in Taipei, Danielle learned from an early age that food + family = a recipe for happiness. She learned how to make zongzi from her 98 year old Shanghai grandmother, grew up eating chicken feet in Houston when Asian food (and Asians) were a novelty, and then moved to the Bay Area for high school where NOT being Asian was a novelty.
CAAM / CO-PRESENTER
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For 35 years, CAAM has exposed audiences to new voices and communities, advancing our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically designed to engage the Asian American community and the public at large.
PINATUBO / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Francisco Aliwalas, founder of PINATUBO, is an award-winning filmmaker based in Manhattan. His projects encompass television series, commercials, promos, branded content, music videos, documentary, and fiction films. His works have aired on NatGeo Wild, Sundance Channel, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, NatGeo, DIY Network, Discovery Travel & Living, as well as MTV. Francisco recently executive produced a Travel Channel special about extreme adventure called The Wild Side.