POPE Francis will get to taste two favorite Filipino dishes when he visits the Philippines in January next–chicken adobo and lechon.
Steve Tamayo, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Tamayo Catering Service and Restaurant, on Wednesday said he plans to serve the famous Filipino dishes and some Italian food to the pontiff.
He noted that the pope’s visit is a good chance for the country to introduce Filipino dishes to the international community.
“Of course yung walang kamatayang chicken adobo, maraming version yan e, talagang pinipilit namin na makapasok sa international [arena]yung Filipino food, baka mamaya ito na yung way [Of course, we’re serving him the ever-present chicken adobo, it has many versiosn, we really want Filipino food to make it to the international arena, we hope serving the pope our favorite dishes could start the journey],” Tamayo said.
“Of course Italian food . . . lechon di naman nawawala yan [lechon it’s always there],” he added.
Tamayo said some of his “priest friends” advised him to prepare the best food for the papal visit.
He, however, clarified that the final menu would depend on the decision of organizers of Francis’ visit.
“Sila ang mag-request kung ano ang pagkain [They will be the ones to make the request what dishes they want served],” Tamayo explained.
For the past 17 years, Tamayo’s restaurant had been tapped to cater big events hosted by the Catholic Church in Manila.
The restaurateur said he has started renovating the Villa Immaculada where a huge number of devotees are expected to dine.
Thee pontiff will say a Mass at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.
A group of Vatican inspectors has also checked the integrity of the century-old cathedral.
The Pope is expected to also say a Mass at Rizal Park (Luneta) in Manila.
Tamayo said he hopes to personally serve the Pope.
It was Tamayo’s restaurant that served the 28,000 delegates to the World of the Families in 2003. The restaurant also served food during the World Youth Day in 1995 when Pope John Paul 2nd visited the Philippines.
Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso recently said they will send five earthquake victims to Palo, Leyte, to dine with the pope. Francis will fly to the Visayas to meet with victims of Typhoon Yolanda, which destroyed many parts of Leyte and a few other provinces in the Central Visayas region of the country in November 2013.