Negros Occidental will showcase its local cuisine in the Department of Tourism’s “Chefs’ Food Trip Project”, Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said yesterday.
“Chefs’ Food Trip Project” will feature some of the country’s renowned culinary destinations, showcasing its most iconic dishes and local produce, she said.
This is part of the agency’s efforts to position the Philippines in the world gastronomic scene, she said, adding that DOT has tapped three United States-based Filipino-American chefs who will discover their food roots in the country.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, said, “This is the perfect occasion for us to institutionalize Filipino cuisine and flavors that can proudly stand side by side with other cherished cuisines of the world.”
Going back to their roots will certainly inspire these leading Fil-Am chefs to lend their voices and talent to raise the world’s perception and taste towards Filipino dishes, she added.
In the coming Negros Occidental leg this week, chef Gaita Fores will showcase the rich culinary offerings of the province to the three chefs, namely, Tom Cunanan of the famed Washington, DC’s Bad Saint, who is also the 2019 James Beard Awards’ Best Chef for the Mid-Atlantic; Charles Olalia, owner and manager of Ma’am Sir, one of GQ’s Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America for 2019; and Grant Tabura, host of food show “Cooking Hawaiian Style” and winner of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race”.
Mansinares said the program will put Negros Occidental in the culinary map of the Philippines, as it will also highlight the Negrense ingredients and flavors that are seen to influence these visiting chefs that will surely boost its culinary promotion.
Aside from the DOT’s food trip project, there will be an engaging food talk to the culinary tourism stakeholders at the Institute for Culinary Arts in Bacolod City on November 16, Mansinares said.
“This will help our budding chefs and culinary students,” she added.
The culinary program will also be conducted in Pampanga, Davao, Manila, Iloilo, and Cebu.*
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