There Are Loads of Delicious Reasons to Get Excited Over Madrid Fusion Manila 2017

The best chefs of the Philippines are all cooking up amazing dishes!

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Now on its third year, Madrid Fusion Manila 2017, is an annual conference that sparks conversation inspired by the biggest food trends of the year, the culture behind them, and the chefs that make it all happen. To be held April 6 to 8, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, the conference’s theme this year is “Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet,” where chefs from all over the world, including our own, will get to showcase their craft through talks and demos that sweep through the topics of using local ingredients and the innovation that it takes to make the most of them. 



Aside from the chef talks and demos, there will be concurrent curated regional lunches organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA). The DOT’s lunch revolves around our regional cuisine: Day One will focus on Luzon dishes, Day Two on Visayan specialties, and Day Three will highlight the flavors of Mindanao. This year, the DA lunches will focus on themes relevant to the local culinary scene: rice (April 6), nose-to-tail eating (April 7), and the third day on seafood, corn, atbp. (April 8).


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Head over to Madrid Fusion Manila’s main website to sign up for the talks and lunches. Here are a few exhibitors and presentors that you can look for:



1 Risa Chocolates 

With professional chocolatier Pam Lim Cinco at the helm, Risa Chocolates is all about sourcing local cacao beans and nurturing local talent to produce top-notch chocolate bars. 


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Risa Chocolates brings something special to our local food and beverage industry: 100% locally-made chocolate.



2 Manila Creamery

Jason Go and Paolo Reyes create the craziest flavors: salted egg cheesecake, mangga't suman, and brazo de mercedes. They are all about showcasing the unique ingredients that the Philippines has to offer! 



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These guys from Manila Creamery keep it *chill*.


3 El Union

The people behind El Union take pride and slinging out good quality coffee for their easy-going customers. With several Philippine National Barista Championship awards under their belts, one can expect nothing less than stellar cups of coffee! 

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4 Hiraya Bakery

Colette de Guzman and Likha Babay are great contemporaries in the local pastry scene: they scour the markets and mountains of Laguna to use proudly Filipino seasonal produce in their pastries: sampinit, bignay, pili nuts, and lipote

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A secret we can't keep to ourselves: this bakery churns out distinctly Pinoy pastries.


5 The Moment Group

This restaurant group runs an impressive line-up of establishments which include Ooma, Manam, 8 Cuts, and more. Who wouldn't be excited for their Filipino food creations? 



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Serve the favorites: pancit palabok, sisig, kare-kare, and more!


Here’s a complete breakdown of the Department of Agriculture’s themed lunch menus throughout the three days of the conference:


Day One

Theme: Rice

Curated by: Angelo Comsti



Myke Tatung Sarthau - Agos

Miko Aspiras - Le Petit Souffle

Happy Ongpauco-Tiu - Pamana Restaurant and Tsokolateria

Nicco Santos - Hey Handsome

David Cruz and Paul Samson - Nestle Professional Philippines and 5060 Restaurant

Dino Dizon - The Smoking Joint

AJ Reyes - Privatus Dining

Kevin Tuason - Tahanan Bistro

Kristine Lotilla - Freezerburn

Peachy Juban - Shortcrust

Francis David and Raul Bolledo - The Test Kitchen MNL



Dedet dela Fuente-Santos - Pepita's Kitchen

El Union - Kiddo Casio

Machiavelli Chocolatier - Raul Matias

Liquido Maestro - Kalel Demetrio


Day Two

Theme: Nose-to-tail eating

Curated by: Nina Daza Puyat, Sasha Lim Uy Mariposa, and Idge Mendiola



Sunshine Puey - Gourmandise by Sunshine

JP Anglo - Sarsa

Francis Lim - Tripple and Slaw / NAV Modern Thai


Kalel Chan - NINYO Fusion Cuisine / Alamat

Patrick Go - Black Sheep

Mikel Zaguirre - Locavore

Jay Angeles - No Reservation



The Moment Group

MNL Creamery

Risa Chocolates

Mama Sita


Pedro Brewery

Hiraya Bakery


Day Three

Theme: Corn and seafood

Curated by: Alicia Sy



Margarita Fores - Grace Park

Claude Tayag - Bale Dutung

Miguel Vargas / Justin Golangco - Bucky's

Tina Legarda - Bamba Bistro

Alec Santos - The Belle & Dragon

Mark Tan - Hibana

Edgar Sanuy - Churreria La Lola, Las Flores, Ramba, Tomatito

Raul Fores - Made Nice Super Club

Tippi Tambuting - M Dining 




Fresh Start

Mama Sita

San Miguel

Destileria Limtuaco

Homegrown Organics

Purefoods and CDO 



To view the full schedule of Madrid Fusion Manila 2017, click here.


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