FROM MILAN TO MANILA

Michelin Star chef sets up Foo’d at Shang’s The Fort

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From half way across the globe, Michelin Star chef Davide Oldani brings his culinary expertise to the heart of the Philippines with his first concept restaurant, Foo’d By Chef Davide Oldani.

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Oldani opened his first restaurant, D’O, in 2003, a stone’s throw away from where he grew up in Comaredo, near Milan. The culinary genius soon garnered numerous awards including the prestigious Ambrogino d’oro, and was named Ambassador Export for 2015.

Michelin Star Chef Davide Oldani

Michelin Star Chef Davide Oldani

His distinctive Cucina Pop style—which masterfully weaves together incredible flavors into simple but surprising dishes—earned him the title of one of the greatest chefs of contemporary Italian Cuisine.

Foo’d (pronounced as /fú-dō/) is the latest coup of FooDee Global Concepts owners Eric Dee, Nico Bolzico, Niccolo Pizzocheri and Adrien Semblat—the same group that introduced Food Hall by Todd English, Pound by Todd English, Hook by Todd English, Tim Ho Wan, Mesa Filipino Moderne, and Sunnies Café.

Together, Cucina Pop and Food Global Concept aim to educate the Filipino palate and elevate the dining experience to a new exciting level by making luxury gastronomy reasonable through Foo’d.

“We were very excited to invite Chef Davide Oldani to Manila, because like his food, his ideas are fresh and innovative. The growing population of foodies in Manila will be undoubtedly surprised and delighted by his unique approach to Italian cuisine, which is very elevated yet comforting,” shared Eric Dee during the media launch.

FooDee Global Concepts flew in three chefs from Milan PHOTO BY RUSSEL PALMA

FooDee Global Concepts flew in three chefs from Milan PHOTO BY RUSSEL PALMA

Additionally, Foodee Global Concept sees a lot of opportunity and an exciting food scene here in the country. Assistant Vice Presiden Group Marketing Head Ariane Martinez-Valinton explained to The Manila Times, “If you would notice even the retail spaces nowadays and more than ever are being occupied by restaurants. With the sophisticated market that we have right now, they are becoming more educated so it is much better now to introduce cuisines like this to really elevate the Philippine dining experience.”

At its new posh home in Shangri-La The Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Foo’d by Davide Oldani will make Michelin Star-quality three-course and four-course meals accessible to Filipino diners.

Reasonably the three-course meal begins at P800, while the four-course meal starts at P1,200. Everything can be upgraded, of course, but the most expensive set only goes as high as P3,200—assuming a person upgrades all in the four-course meal. These will also include Chef Oldani’s signature dish Cipolla Caramelata.

This restaurant—which can occupy maximum of 50 people—opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. daily.

Chef Oldani’s goal is to make Foo’d simple with accessible prices while maintaining a fine dining experience. He will grace the grand launch of the restaurant sometime in January 2017.

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