We Went on a Tour of Farmer’s Market with Margarita Fores and Asia’s 14th Best Chef Hiroyasu KawateJune 22, 2017
Chef Margarita Fores has become the unofficial tour guide for any visiting gourmand. Since the rise of four hands dinners in Manila, chefs renowned all over the world intrigued by our produce have made their way to our markets. A visit by any chef often includes a trip to the beloved Farmer’s Market in Cubao with Fores as the storyteller; she has after all, become the champion of our local food and ingredients more than any other, bridging gaps between the global culinary scene and ours. Her close relationships with the farmers and vendors at the market have been forged over years, which makes her the natural choice for unofficial cicerone.
Her latest guests included Chef Hiroyasu Kawate and his team at Japan’s Florilège, in town for a one-night-only dinner with Fores at Mireio, located in the Raffles Hotel. The young Japanese chef is also a recipient of one of Asia’s 50 Best Awards special category honors; while Fores was crowned best female chef in 2016, the Shibuya restaurant was deemed ‘one to watch’. The following year, Kawate received one of the highest new entries in the coveted list, landing at number 14. His brave cuisine is a marriage between France and Japan, with an emphasis on the seasons. Fores herself highlights the importance of ingredients in her cooking, which makes this collaboration so thrilling.
A run through the maze of the market has visitors intrigued by what we have on offer, from rare spindly green flowers of alukon, to a variety of local shellfish, whole goats, and the essential balut. Here’s a snapshot of our tour with Fores and the team behind Florilège.