From April 7 to 9, the SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay became every epicure’s go-to place for the second edition of Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM), the only Asian edition of the most important international gastronomy congress in the world.
With the theme “The Philippines and Spain: A 300-year Gastronomic Journey,” aspiring and professional chefs, and food business owners and connoisseurs, among others, from around the globe were able to hear from 20 world-renowned chefs, most with Michelin-star under their name, that came from Asia, Europe and the USA.
After historian Antonio Sanchez de Mora’s session entitled “Flavours that Sailed Across the Seas” opened the congress, Chef Enrique Olvera’s Coriander or Parsley presentation ensued. Chef Nurdin Topham’s Nutrition and Gastronomy, chef Leah Cohen’s “An explanation of Tanguis from Mexico to Philippines,” chef Joan Roca’s “The world from El Celler de Can Roca,” chef Jungsik Yim’s “Do you know Kim,” and chef Jordi Butron’s “The EspaciSucre Method applied in cocoa” wrapped up the first day presentations.
For the themed lunch of MFM’s first day, the spotlight went to Luzon and its “Panlasa” dishes that basic that feature the basic tastes of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory.
Come Day 2, the “kitchen” got even busier with chef Ricard Camaren’s “Waterless Broths,” chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s “Sakura,” chef David Thompson’s “Long Leaf Coriander,” chef Perez Arellano’s “New Mediterranean Tradition,” and chef Amy Besa and chef Romy Dorotan’s “Borrowed Food” presentations.
Breakfast food from the Visayan region were feasted for Day 2’s themed lunch.
Wrapping up the congress for MFM’s third day were chefs Dani Garcia, Virilio Martinez, Kevin Cherkas, Jorge Vallejo, and Tatung Sarthou with their respective presentations. Come lunch time, delegates and guests enjoyed the street food culture of Mindanao for the day’s theme.
With the success of MFM 2016 in terms of increased attendance and participation on the part of presenters, delegates, guests, and exhibitors can Manila expect MFM 2017?
“It is in our intention to do everything possible to announce Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 soon. We believe MFM to be such an important part of Philippines’ tourism calendar and a permanent part of the Filipino culinary enthusiasts’ happiest, most exciting encounter with world-class gastronomy,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said in statement.