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EXCLUSIVE: Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez And Jhonel Faelnar Are Now Taping For 'The Crawl France'

Metro Channel has landed in France with hosts Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez and Jhonel Faelnar to start on their French cuisine adventure!

We stay tuned to The Crawl New York with Chef Margarita Forés and Edu Manzano, where they scoured the city of New York for the best Filipino restaurant and All-American eats. And after the success of the three-part special, the Metro Channel team now heads to one of the biggest hub of fashion and food in the world: France.

The Crawl France is all about experiencing the French way of life and eating. The country has always been known for their sophisticated way of cooking and eating—and what better way to celebrate the French way than by visiting all the food hotspots that make French cuisine what it is?

This is where Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez and Jhonel Faelnar come in: As the hosts of the brand new The Crawl series.


The Parisian woman

Metro Channel patrons know Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez as a woman of style and design, as one of the hosts of the living and home TV show, Metro Home, with Anton Barretto. But apart from being a stylish icon on  (she was part of Metro Most Stylish, and was also featured in Joey Mead-King's Women of Style show on Metro Channel), Steph also has a deep appreciation for food and culture.

“I enjoy food but what I love most about it is how it brings people to the table, sparks conversations and convivial times,” says Steph.


And apart from food, Steph also loves to travel, which is evident in many of her photos on Instagram. As a woman who has been around the world for study, work, and leisure, Steph really has a lot of insights when it comes to what is good food. And since every country’s cuisine is integral to their culture, exposing herself to a certain place always comes with a good meal or two.

“Food has become a beautiful art form and I appreciate the creativity behind it, and also the sustainable practices many restaurants now stand for,” adds Steph.

Steph also has a deep connection to France since she spent many years in Paris when she studied Sciences Politiques at the Institut des Sciences Politiques. Having spent some time in Paris, she fondly describes her style as an epitome of a Parisian woman—carefree and sophisticated.

“My fondest moments in France are being able to meander the beautiful cobbled stone streets and get lost in Paris’ more recluse neighborhoods. I also would love to visit the church I got married in and relive, albeit shortly, those wonderful memories,” shares Steph, who tied the knot with Christian Gonzalez at the Basilique Saint Clotilde eight years ago.

Photograph by Pat Dy

The Filipino sommelier

Accompanying Steph on The Crawl France is multi-awarded sommelier Jhonel Faelnar, who was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as the Best New Sommelier of New York. He is also the wine director of Atomix, a restaurant who was named by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Best Wine Restaurants in the USA. It’s only been six years since he transferred to the US, but his passion for wine and culture has already brought him places.

France is indeed the heart of wine culture in the world. And with The Crawl heading to France this year, it'll be even more exciting to have a wine expert like Jhonel to walk us through the country’s complex but beautiful wine-and-dine scene.

“The wines of France are as diverse as they are delicious. It is a country of wine (and food) that you can spend your whole life trying to taste through and never tire of. You should look forward to our visits in Champagne, Burgundy, and the Rhone Valley where we'll be visiting some iconic and classic wineries that have been around since before your grandparents,” Jhonel teases about The Crawl France.

Photo from the International Culinary Center

And now, Jhonel and Steph have already landed in France to start shooting for the show. Here are some snippets from their adventures in France so far, with a stop at the Eiffel Tower and one of Paris’s most high-end chocolate manufacturers, Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse Paris.