Madrid Fusión—the biggest gastronomic trade fair in Spain—comes to Manila this April 24-26 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. It will showcase new, cutting edge and avant-garde techniques, ingredients, and recipes from some of the world’s top chefs.
Among the Michelin-starred Spanish chefs expected to attend are:
Elena Arzak, 2012 World’s Best Female Chef, and Andoni Luis Aduriz of the restaurant Mugaritz, considered one of the world’s most influential chefs.
Six other Spanish chefs will be flying in for the occasion: Quique Dacosta (Alicante), Ramón Freixa (Ramón Freixa Madrid), Francis Paniego (Echaurren, El Portal de Echaurren), Paco Roncero (La Terraza del Casino), Mario Sandoval (Coque) and Paco Torreblanca (Torreblanca Bombonerias y Pastelerias).
Asian chefs André Chiang (Restaurant André in Singapore) and Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation in Hong Kong) will also be at the event.
From the Philippines, the featured chefs are: Fernando Aracama (Aracama), Margarita Fores (Lusso and Grace Park), J Gamboa (Cirkulo), José Luis Gonzalez (Gallery Vask), Pepe Lopez (Rambla), Rob Pengson (The Goose Station), Bruce Ricketts (Mecha Uma), Myrna Segismundo (Restaurant 9501), Claude Tayag (Bale Dutung) and Juan Carlos de Terry (Terry’s).
(L-R) Juan Carlos de Terry of Terry’s; Jose Luis Gonzales of VASK; Bruce Ricketts of Mecha Uma; Margarita Fores of Grace Park; Myrna Seguismundo of Restaurant 9501; and Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung
The culinary affair will feature three exciting events:
1) International Gastronomy Congress is where chefs will discuss and demonstrate trends and techniques that will transform the future of food. They will share and discuss various culinary traditions from Spanish and Filipino cultures.
2) The Trade Exhibition will showcase Spanish and Filipino premium products such as Spanish wines, cheeses, sausages, hams, beers and sweets, as well as Philippine rice, cacao, coffee, mango, coconut, liqueurs, chocolates, cheeses, nuts and artisanal salts and world-class kitchen equipment.
3) The Flavors of the Philippines Festival will run the entire month of April. It will bring together several malls, restaurants, bars, hotels, food trucks and exhibition halls to celebrate Philippine gastronomy through simultaneous events in Manila and other parts of the country.
Congress delegates will also experience the best culinary offerings of the Philippines through regional lunches that will feature exciting flavors from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
“With this event, Manila hopes to retake its place as one of the gastronomical capitals in this part of the world. The event serves to challenge our food artisans to challenge our food artisans to bring out the best in their craft,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.
Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. at the media briefing at Fairmont Makati
L-R: Lourdes Plana of Toro de Debate; Enrique Feas of the Spanish embassy; Spanish ambassador Luis Calvo; Inigo Canedo of Arum
L-R: Tourism Promotions Board chief operating officer Domingo Ramon Enerio, III and Spanish ambassador Luis Calvo
Madrid Fusión is presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Tourism Promotions Board along with Spain’s Foro de Debate, S.L. and Arum Estrategias Internacionalización (Arum).
The event is part of the DOT’s efforts for its Visit the Philippines 2015 campaign and will celebrate the shared culinary history of the Philippines and Spain.
Register now to enjoy an early-bird discount for tickets. It will include access to the three-day conference, regional lunches and meals, use of simultaneous translation device inside the venue, access to trade exhibition, badge, delegate kit, and a certificate of attendance.