Chef Chele Gonzalez from the Philippines Joins the International Oceana Save the Ocean: Feed the World CampaignMarch 20, 2015
- Pamela CortezWords
Last March 17, a prestigious group of 20 of the world’s best chefs gathered at the Basque Culinary Center in Spain for a campaign called Save The Oceans: Feed The World. A global campaign launched by Oceana, an international advocacy organization which focuses on ocean conservation, it aims to bring the world’s best chefs together to talk about overfishing, limiting bycatch and protecting habitats.
Only 20 chefs around the world were chosen for this campaign, including some of the biggest names in food. Hosts Andoni Luiz Aduriz of Mugaritz, Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, Ferran Adria of the elBulli Foundation, Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park, Ashley Palmer-Watts of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Alex Atala of D.O.M., Juan Mari and Elena Arzak of Arzak, Pedro Subijana of Akelaŕe, Grant Achatz of Alinea, Brett Graham of The Ledbury, Joachim Wissler of Vendôme, Heinz Reitbauer of Steirereck, Gastón Acurio of Astrid y Gastón, Enrique Olvera of Pujol, Rodolfo Guzmán of Boragó, Normand Laprise of Toqué, René Redzepi of Noma, and our very own José Luis González of Gallery Vask.
In this year alone, so many of our chefs have represented the Philippines and its cuisine abroad, from Myrna Segismundo and Gaita Fores presenting kinilaw in Madrid Fusion, to Sau del Rosario and JP Anglo making waves at the Melbourne Food Festival, to Tonyboy Escalante finally putting the Philippines on Asia’s Top 50 Best. Is 2015 the year Filipino cuisine finally goes global?