PH and Spain to spark new culinary fusion

Elena Arzak, Francis Paniego and Jose Luis Gonzalez

Elena Arzak, Francis Paniego and Jose Luis Gonzalez

Madrid Fusión, a globally anticipated annual gastronomic affair, is set to seize the Manila summer with three exciting events—the International Gastronomy Congress, Trade Exhibition and Flavors of the Philippines Festival.

First organized in the Spanish capital in 2003, this latest outing has been locally dubbed “Madrid Fusión Manila,” and will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City from April 24 to 26.

Celebrating over 300 years of cultural ties, Madrid Fusión Manila aims to renew the culinary spark between the Philippines and Spain.

Internationally renowned, Michelin-starred Spanish chefs and notable Filipino celebrity chefs will take center stage at the Congress to discuss and demonstrate the latest trends and techniques to transform global cuisine. Food connoisseurs and gastronomes will surely enjoy the Festival happening simultaneously all over Metro Manila, including a Tapas Festival, food tours and tasting, roving food trucks, and bar crawls among others.

The featured Spanish chefs are: Andoni Luis Aduriz (of restaurant Mugaritz, 2 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns); Elena Arzak (Arzak, 3 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns); Quique Dacosta (Denia, 3 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns); Ramón Freixa (Ramón Freixa Madrid, 2 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns); Francis Paniego (Echaurren, 2 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns); Paco Roncero (La Terraza del Casino, 2 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns); Mario Sandoval (Coque, 1 Michelin star and 3 Repsol suns); Paco Torreblanca (Torreblanca Bombonerías, awarded Best Pastry Chef in Spain and Europe).

Meanwhile, the featured Filipino chefs include: Fernando Aracama (Aracama); Margarita Fores (Lusso); Jay Gamboa (Cirkulo); José Luis Gonzalez (Gallery Vask); Pepe Lopez (Rambla); Rob Pengson (The Goose Station); Bruce Ricketts (Mecha Uma); Myrna Segismundo (Restaurant 9501); Claude Tayag (Bale Dutung) and Juan Carlos de Terry (Terry’s).

The trade exhibition will feature Spanish and Filipino premium products such as Spanish wines, cheeses, sausages, hams, beers, and sweets, as well as, Philippine rice, cacao, coffee, mango, coconut, liqueurs, chocolates, cheeses, nuts and artisanal salts, and various world-class kitchen equipments.

“The whole concept behind Madrid Fusión is to get the best in culinary arts to come to Manila, share their knowledge, and learn from our local culinary chefs at the same time. Not only are we excited to learn from the modern techniques, this event serves to challenge our food artisans to bring out the best in their craft and to start a crusade to make Manila the center of culinary excellence in this region,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

The event is made possible through a partnership among Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotions Board, and Madrid Fusión organizers Foro de Debate and Arum.

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