Young and aspiring Filipino chefs saw for themselves the skills and talent of fellow chefs from the Southeast Asia region at the “Taste APEC @ IFEX Philippines.”
An official event under the 2015 APEC Summit Calendar and a parallel activity to the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Meeting, Taste APEC was staged by the biennial trade fair IFEX Philippines this year to present a large selection of the most exciting food products and the hottest trends in the food industries of APEC member economies.
Some of the Asean guests included Masterchef of Vietnam for 2014, Hoang Minh Nhat, who prepared four signature dishes from her country: Cha ca La Vong, Cha Phuong, Banh Mi, and fresh spring rolls. On the other hand, Thai barista Suppaluck Petchplook demonstrated recipes of Siam coffee, which is produced from exotic herbs of Thailand, concocted with tomato and orange juices.
Foreign chefs from Australia, Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, and US also led exciting live cooking demonstrations, most of them making sure they gave the audience a taste of their country’s signature dishes.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), was responsible for inviting the celebrated chefs to IFEX, which also reserved as special portion for exhibits for Filipino culinary talents.