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To go global, Filipino cuisine should not compromise


In town last Tuesday for the Nespresso Food Forum’s The Next Big Thing were David Thompson, chef of Nahm, which bagged the No. 1 spot at this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards; Leisa Tyler, regional chair of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards; and Raymond Lim of Les Amis, a restaurant in Singapore that has constantly made it to various lists of Asia’s best.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Alain Ducasse: It takes more than just skill to make ‘fantastic street food’

THE AUTHOR with chef Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse looked none the worse for wear after his gruelling trip. He arrived in Manila Monday morning from France, took lunch at Enderun Colleges and faced both the student body and the media by 2:30 in the afternoon.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Nahm–with an Australian chef cooking Thai food–is ‘Asia’s Best Restaurant’ for 2014


The verdict is out and newspapers worldwide have carried the headline: Nahm, a traditional Thai restaurant in Bangkok serving historical and heritage recipes, is Asia’s Best Restaurant for 2014.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Chef-couple let their culinary imagination run wild with Shine

CLOCKWISE, from above: Shine Café; Sliders with Foie; Umami Fries

Shine Bakery and Café is the playground of chefs Rob and Sunshine Pengson. It is where they allow their culinary minds to run wild.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Food | Read More »

Cebuano cuisine–more than just ‘lechon’and ‘sinugba’


Last Thursday, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu opened its annual food festival called “Sugbusog Culinary Journey,” which will run until Jan. 20 at Café Marco buffet restaurant.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Culinary showdowns, new food books–and a lending hand from kitchens all over

WOMEN and kids partake of rice, fried luncheon meat and hot soup during a feeding program in Concepcion, Iloilo, after Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Year 2013 was a busy one for the culinary scene, with lots of culinary competitions, food festivals, celebrity chef cook-offs, food and wine pairings, degustations, book launches and the coming together of food companies, establishments and foodies to extend help to survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Photo exhibit pays tribute to Mama Sita, culinary pioneer


A photo gallery on the life and culinary beginnings of Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes-Reyes opened two weeks ago in the historic Casa Real in Paseo del Congreso, Malolos, Bulacan.

Posted: August 29th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Each province has an exotic cuisine that can shake the world


The goal of this column is for Philippine cuisine to make an impact on the world culinary scene. This is also the goal of  “Foodprints with Sandy Daza,” a  new show on the ABS-CBN Lifestyle Network that will air its first episode on Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.   I’ve always believed that the only [...]

Posted: August 8th, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Tour de France–the culinary kind–at Sofitel

TROPEZIENNE Tart from Nice

It was a Tour de France but the bicycles roaming about were not in competitive mode because the riders were merely showing off the products offered. And the route was only within Sofitel’s Spiral.

Posted: July 11th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food | Read More »

Manila gets a taste of European culinary season

TOURISM Assistant Secretary Benito Bengzon Jr. and Julian Vassallo,
EU Delegation to the Philippines Political Counselor

The European Union (EU) delegation to the Philippines has launched European Culinary Season 2013, a festival featuring European food culture in Manila with over 20 participating restaurants and establishments.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Memorable meal introduces Discovery hotels’ new corporate chef

CHEF Anthony Raymond: “It’smy responsibility to elevate the skills, create kitchen-standard guidelines and beat the giants out there.”

Filipino chef Anthony Raymond welcomes the newest challenge in his culinary career—as the corporate chef of the Discovery Leisure Company, which owns and runs Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay City and Discovery Shores Boracay.

Posted: June 13th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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