Spicy Steve's Biography
Who is the man behind the apron?
Spicy Steve Sorko was the host of the award winning cable cooking show, Spicy Steve. The highly informative and often zany show highlights the cuisine of Southeast Asia . The original series met with overwhelming audience enthusiasm and Spicy Steve won a Canadian Cable Television Association, Pacific Programmers Award and placed second at the CCTA National Awards.
The original series of Spicy Steve was produced by SHAW Cable 4, North Vancouver in 1993 and aired for many years on both SHAW and ROGERS Community Television in British Columbia. In 2000, a new 13 part series of Spicy Steve was filmed and produced by SHAW Television, Abbotsford (at that time ROGERS). This series highlighted the cuisines of Thailand , Malaysia and Singapore and began airing in British Columbia and Eastern Canada in the fall of 2000 through 2002, on SHAW TV, The SHAW Multicultural Channel, and ROGERS Community TV.
Spicy Steve Sorko for several years hosted "Spicy Steve's Asian Secrets", a weekly food feature aired 16 times a week in British Columbia on SHAW TV 4's "THE EXPRESS". Segments filmed in Singapore, Malaysia & Malaysian Borneo in the summer of 2005 aired as "Spicy Steve in Singapore" and "Spicy Steve in Malaysia" . These segments also appeared 16 times a week in British Columbia on SHAW TV 4's "THE EXPRESS" until "Spicy Steve" went off the air in 2007 when SHAW TV chose to discontinue producing local cooking segments.
Spicy Steve Sorko is an authority on Asian cuisine, culture and travel. An accomplished worldwide adventure traveler with endless stories to tell, Steve has crossed the Sahara, hiked the Himalayas and even cage dived with Great White Sharks. He fell in love with Asia in the early eighties and has studied and traveled the region ever since. Even his university education included a healthy dose of Asian Studies. Steve's personal enthusiasm and humour are highly infectious, as was proven over many years as a top lecturer and award winning educator within the Canadian travel industry. Steve worked for many years for two well known Canadian Adventure Travel and Asian Tour Operators and he is also an accomplished travel photojournalist, and writer. His articles and photos have been published overseas in Singapore and within Canada in MacLean's Magazine, Canadian Business, Westworld, PATA Travel News and MLD Canadian Traveller. About 99% of the photos on this website are from Steve's travels around Asia.
Spicy Steve, a proud native of North Vancouver , is married to his wonderful Chinese Malaysian wife Tricia, who is also an accomplished cook. "Tasty Trish" acts as Spicy Steve's sous-chef and co-ordinates the shopping and prep of all the dishes demonstrated on TV. They may battle in the kitchen yet their joint efforts create culinary magic. Growing up in an airline family, Steve began both cooking Asian food and traveling at an early age. When back in Asia on holiday, Steve can usually be found in the kitchens of friends and family busy learning new techniques and recipes. He also loves to explore and learn from the "hawkers", or street vendors, as much as he does from professional hotel and restaurant chefs of Asia . The Spicy Steve website, www.spicysteve.com , receives thousands of visitors from such diverse areas as Australia, New Zealand, Europe, many parts of Asia, the United States, and of course his local fan base in Canada. Now that his TV segments are finally posted on You Tube, many more people internationally will be able to enjoy his on air talents as well as his recipes.
Spicy Steve Sorko has been called "the guru of Southeast Asian cuisine" and he has been written up or contributed to such newspapers as The Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Vancouver Courier, The North Shore News, The North Shore Outlook, The Surrey Now, The Asia Pacific Post, City Food and VIA Destinations magazine. Spicy Steve's many TV appearances include CTV's The Gabereau Show, CTV's The Vancouver Breakfast Show, BCTV's Saturday Morning News and The Noon Hour News, SHAW TV's Urban Rush , and radio appearances on CKNW's Week-end Edition and CBC Radio One's North By Northwest. His many public appearances in and around Vancouver have also included being a celebrity chef at the annual EAT Vancouver Food Show for both WEBER BBQ and Tourism Malaysia.