In celebration of Taal Vista Hotel’s 75th anniversary, celebrity guest chefs will be taking over the Café Veranda kitchen to present their unique interpretations of Filipino cuisine.
Running on select weekends from September 6 to November 23, guests can expect specially crafted dishes for lunch and dinner buffet every Saturday and Sunday. Last September 20, we experienced the artistry of featured Chef Sau Del Rosario, who was the featured chef for the four weekends of September.
As a proud Pampangeño, Chef Sau paid tribute to his roots with heirloom recipes from his mother’s kitchen. Notable appetizers included Maya-Maya Mayonessa, Donya Editha’s Chicken Galantine, Kesong Puti Stuffed Kalabasa Florets and Fried Catfish and Buro Pockets with Mustasa and Pako Salad.
Balancing the savory flavors of the main courses was the dessert selection, which included Jackfruit Tibok-Tibok, Suman sa Lihiya with Mango and Coco Jam and Pandan Crepes with Sweetened Coconut.
Chef Sau received his Culinary Arts training in France and worked in several hotel restaurants in Singapore, Shanghai. He has hosted and judged several television cooking shows and was an endorser of a famous ice cream brand. Those who welcomed us were the top executives of the SM group of Hotels and Conventions Corp. led by Betty Sy Chua together with consultant Nes Jardin, area marketing communications manager Celine Arenillo, assistant vice president Treena Tecson, and Taal Vista’s executive assistant manager Faye Deloso.
Other featured chefs are Chef Bruce Lim, Chef Fernando Aracama, Chef Babes Austria, Chefs Jackie and Rolando Laudico and Taal Vista Chef Edwin Santos. You can still catch them on weekends until November at the Culinary Gems: A festival of Filipino flavors buffet.