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!
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).
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
Here's a complete breakdown of the Department of Agriculture's themed lunch menus throughout the three days of the conference:
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
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
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
Purefoods and CDO
To view the full schedule of Madrid Fusion Manila 2017, click here.