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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, November 15, 2019
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3 Fil-Am chefs in Bacolod
for DOTís food trip project


The three Filipino-American chefs are continuing their gastronomic journey in Bacolod City today.

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”, will be in the city for two days for the Department of Tourism’s “Chefs’ Food Trip Project”, a two -week tour around the country’s most popular culinary destinations .

They kicked off their culinary journey on November 10 in Quezon City.

Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said c hef Margarita Fores will guide the group in going around the local markets, organic farms, and tourist sites, like the famed The Ruins of Talisay City and Balay Negrense in Silay City.

They will also try Negrense treats, such as the guapple pie of El Ideal, pili bars of Emma's Delicacies, and lumpia of Fresh Start Organic , she added .

Aside from the f ood t rip project, the team will also hold a symposium, dubbed “ DOT x WOFEX University Fun Food Talks Negros ”, with local food enthusiasts and cooking demonstrations tomorrow at the Negros Residences in Bacolod.

Mansinares said the DOT project puts Negros Occidental on the culinary map of the Philippines, as it will surely boost the province in terms of local cuisine.*


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