What do you get when you combine a former award-winning choreographer for break-dancing groups, 3rd degree Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor, acclaimed chef, TV and radio personality, and priest? None other than Fr. Leo Patalinghug! Raised and currently based in the Baltimore, MD area, but born in the Philippines, Fr. Leo is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei. He is the Founder, Host, and Director of Plating Grace, an international apostolate to help strengthen families and relationship through God’s gift of a family meal. Fr. Leo is a best-selling author, and the host of Savoring Our Faith on EWTN, which was developed following his dynamic win on the cooking competition, “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.” He has also established a non-profit organization, The Table Foundation, with the mission to elevate culture and family life, one meal at a time. Fr. Leo travels frequently for speaking engagements and pilgrimages to promote the importance of not what appears on the table, but who gathers around it.
On Shoot the Shiitake Father Leo, talks with unique and interesting guests from all walks of life – drawing out connections to help bridge social divides. You may not expect what two completely different people have in common, but this show will bring people to a better understanding of how we’re all connected. We may not always agree, but we still have to learn how to live with each other, and have some fun in the process, even if it’s just a casual opportunity to “Shoot the Shiitake!”