Renowned Spanish Chefs and the Philippines’ Culinary Excellence to Shine at Madrid Fusión Manila

January 28, 2020

On April 24 to 26, chefs, culinary students, restaurateurs, and foodies alike will be converging at the highly anticipated Madrid Fusión Manila. A joint partnership between the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), Madrid Fusión Manila will be hosting the industry’s most important and innovative chefs from around the world at the SMX Convention Center. The event is also part of the “Visit the Philippines Year 2015” festivities, which will let the world focus on Manila and what Filipino cuisine has to offer. Both Filipino and Spanish chefs will showcase their work and knowledge at the event.

“We are very excited because we expect a lot of people from the Philippines, Asia, and probably the rest of the world to come to Manila in 2015 and be part of this landmark event,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said. The event will be composed of three main parts: the Gastronomy Congress, and the Trade Exhibition to be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, and the Flavors of the Philippines Festival that will be done in Manila and other parts of the country. Expect the best products from the world’s leading food and beverage companies to line up the trade exhibition. Restaurateurs and industry professionals can look forward to checking out food equipment, fresh and processed food, to Spanish and Filipino ingredients such as hams, sausages, wines, cheese, and beers.

Elena Arzak

Elena Arzak

Attendees can expect eight chefs who’ve earned Michelin stars for their restaurants and have innovated Spanish cuisine: Andoni Luis Aduriz, Elena Arzak, Quique Dacosta, Ramon Freixa, Francis Paniego, Paco Roncero, Mario Sandoval, and Paco Torreblanco. Andoni Luis Aduriz is the man behind two-Michelin star restaurant Mugaritz and Elena Arzak is head chef at three Michelin star restaurant Arzak. Dacosta’s restaurant Quiquie Dacosta Restaurante earned its third Michelin star in 2013, while Ramon Freixa received his first Michelin star in 1998 for Racó d’en Freixa in Barcelona. Renowned Asian chefs Andre Chiang (of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Andre) and Alvin Leung (of 3 Michelin-starred Bo Innovation) will be joining the contigency, as well as local chefs such as Chele Gonzalez of Gallery Vask, Margarita Fores of Grace Park, Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung, Myrna Segismundo and others, who will be highlighting our local cuisine.

Francis Paniego

Francis Paniego

Francis Paniego has interned in Arzak and his restaurant Echaurren el Portal earned its first Michelin star in 2005. Paco Roncero is known as Ferran Adria’s protégé and is head chef at Michelin starred restaurant La Terraza del Casino. Mario Sandoval earned his first Michelin star at the young age of 26 when he inherited his mother’s Coque restaurant. Paco Torreblanca is renowned for his patisserie in haute cuisine, with dishes that have been described as “ephemeral sculpture born to die in our mouths.”

Francis Paniego

Paco Torreblanca

Madrid Fusión has been bringing together the industry’s movers and shakers since 2003, while also using good food to bridge cultures. We look forward to the Philippines’ highlighting itself as a culinary center of excellence and the opportunities food aficionados will experience at the event.

Are you attending Madrid Fusion Manila? Which event or chef are you most excited be part of? Tell us in the comments below!

Gela Velasco Gela Velasco

Gela is a young adult slowly settling into her late twenties. She likes to make a mess in the kitchen when no one’s looking, dance till dawn on long weekends, and dream about beef on lazy afternoons. On some days she learns how to write good in graduate school. Her life goals include sashaying somewhat like Beyonce and to write a cover story on Leonardo di Caprio.

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