10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts Only Diehard Fans Know

Season 5 of Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil has taken Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal to enjoy lobster rolls in Maine, mole in Oaxaca, and a variety of delicious food truck dishes in Portland. Before working on Somebody Feed Philthe actor and writer was the host of PBS’s I’ll Have What Phil’s Having which has a similar format. With news of a season 6 renewal, according to varietyfans can look forward to more sweet scenes of Phil visiting beautiful locations and meeting inspiring people.

While watching every episode of this sweet and moving series, it’s hard not to wonder about what filming the food documentary series is like. Viewers will want to know these interesting behind-the-scenes facts.


10 Ray Romano Inspired The Show

Ray Ramano and Patricia Heaton in Everbody Loves Raymond

Phil Rosenthal shared a story with CBS News about how he came up with the idea for a food and travel series. Ray Romano explained that he liked traveling to the Jersey Shore and shrugged when Phil suggested going to Europe. But when the friends went to Italy together, they had such a good time eating good food and meeting people, and Phil felt inspired.

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Phil thought, “what if I could do this for other people?” and now fans can watch the fun, moving, and enjoyable Somebody Feed Phil. In every episode over five seasons, Phil shows the amazing power of people bonding over meals.

9 Phil Wanted A Theme Song For This Show

Phil Rosenthal eating next to a child on Somebody Feed Phil

Somebody Feed Phil is one of the best Netflix travel shows and stands out thanks to its charming theme song. The lyrics “A happy hungry man / he Is traveling all across the sea and the land / He’s trying to understand / The art of pasta pork chicken and lamb” are the sweet and friendly introduction to each episode.

according to deadline, when Phil began working on the show, Netflix inquired what he would like to do that he didn’t on his previous PBS series. Phil wanted a theme song and told the publication that he worked with Lake Street Dive on it. They received an Emmy nomination.

8 10 People Work On Each Crew

Phil Rosenthal eating on Somebody Feed Phil

In each episode of the show, Phil jokes around about his brother Richard, who is a producer. Sometimes Phil will say that something is too delicious to give to his sibling and their relationship always seems to be light-hearted and playful.

In an interview with blog.wiretap.coPhil shared that John Bedolis directs the episodes and the crew is made up of six people from the United States along with a few people from the place where they are filming.

7 There Will Be An Episode Honoring Phil’s Parents Max And Helen

Helen and Max Rosenthal on the computer on Skype on Somebody Feed Phil

Seeing Phil with his parents Max and Helen was always sweet, and one of the most emotional parts of the series was watching Phil Skype with his mom and dad and share what food he was eating and what experiences he was having. Phil wanted to do something in their memory. Each season 5 episode features “a joke for Max” as Phil asks his friends to share something funny that Max would have enjoyed.

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In an interview with variety, Phil shared that an episode that will stream on Netflix in the fall months that will honor his parents. Phil said, “Because to me, they were the best part of the show” and added, “how do we continue and still honor the past and honor their spirit? I think we found a way to do it.”

6 Phil Wants To Inspire People To Travel The World

Phil Rosenthal eating on Somebody Feed Phil

Just like some movies make fans want to travel, Phil definitely wants his viewers to have some wanderlust after watching the five seasons of his show. As Phil told CN Traveler, “The whole point of the show is to get you to travel. I want you to get up off the couch.”

Whether watching Phil enjoy duck fat fries in Maine, tortillas in Mexico City, or gelato in Venice, it’s tough not to want to visit these places and enjoy these dishes firsthand.

5 Phil Has Unseen Scenes On His YouTube Channel

Phil Rosenthal smiling and holding a sandwich on Somebody Feed Phil

according to The Hollywood Reporter, Phil has a YouTube channel called Phil’s Finds where he talks about the restaurants that he loves the most.

These videos also include some scenes from Somebody Feed Phil that no one has seen since they didn’t make it into the episodes streaming on Netflix. Phil said in his first video, “I hope you’ll come into my rabbit hole.”

4 Phil Really Is A Fan Of The Food That Makes It Into The Episodes

Phil Rosenthal looks excited on Somebody Feed Phil

Somebody Feed Phil can be considered one of the best Netflix reality shows because of Phil’s sense of humor and positive personality.

Phil shared with bustle in an interview, “People say, ‘It looks like you love everything.’ And I do love everything that I put in the show.” If he eats something that he isn’t a fan of, it won’t be included.

3 It Took A Decade For The Show To Become A Reality

Phil Rosenthal Somebody Feed Phil Season 2

It’s interesting that after creating and writing Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil began hosting a food and travel show. His passion for food and his love of life and great sense of humor are definitely qualities that make the Netflix series work.

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Phil shared with goldderby.com that the process between having the idea for Somebody Feed Phil and the show actually filming. Phil said, “They don’t hand dreams out like this to just anybody. It took some doing. I really had to prove myself.”

2 Phil Likes Giving Crew Members Some Food

Phil is a favorite reality TV host because his kindness radiates in every episode, as he loves the crew who he works with and enjoys meeting new people.

according to Cheat SheetPhil appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show and explained that he doesn’t eat the entire portion of the food that he’s given on the series. Phil said, “it looks like I eat a lot, but you’re seeing a week’s worth of filming condensed into less than an hour. And, I share it with the crew, which I love doing anyway.”

one A Cookbook Will Be Released Soon


If fans want to learn how to make the food that has appeared on the show, they can check out a cookbook that will be out soon.

according to Entertainment WeeklyPhil has a “companion book” that is slated to be released in October 2022 called Somebody Feed Phil The Book. This will be perfect for fans as it will have a lot of details about filming the series and recipes from the talented chefs who have appeared on the show.

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