The Full List of Chef-Presenters for Madrid Fusion Manila 2018

The full list of chef-presenters at Madrid Fusion Manila 2018

Madrid Fusion Manila is the largest international gastronomic event in the Philippines. The 2018 edition– now on its fourth year–will run from April 19 to 21, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, with a cast of chefs both from the Philippines and overseas banding together on the theme of “Innovating Tradition.”

We were recently in the Spanish capital where the Philippines’ Department of Tourism spotlighted our country at the 17th Madrid Fusion, in preparation for the upcoming event. Highlights included:

1) Having Jordy Navarra from Toyo Eatery present on the main stage about “The Wild And Untamed Flavors of the Philippine Islands.” Read more about it here— or press play on the video below to hear more about his talk on patis or fish sauce!

2) The announcement of Madrid Fusion Manila 2018 at the main auditorium; JP Anglo of Sarsa cooking Filipino cuisine at the Philippine reception; and seeing Elena Arzak sharing our Philippine mangoes to Spanish journalists over lunch

At the Philippine reception at Tatel restaurant, JP Anglo of Sarsa prepared beef with mung bean soup (beef brisket, jamon iberico bones, onions, garlic, batwan and crispy danggit and garlic chips)– and a guinamos pimento (roasted yellow and red bell peppers, grilled bananas, leeks and onions, and pureed with guinamos); Madrid Fusion Manila 2018 opening announcement: Philippine Department of Tourism’s Pam Samaniego, Silvia Diaz of La Finca, Gorka Txpartegi of Alameda, Jordy Navarra of Toyo, Philippine Amb. to Spain Philippe Lhuillier, Inigo Lavado of Singular, Lourdes Plana, JP Anglo; So amazing to have Elena Arzak as our “unofficial” ambassador of the Philippines. Here she is sharing Philippine dried mangoes with Spanish journalists and telling them about our country and cuisine at Madrid Fusion
(Clockwise from Left) At the Philippine reception at Tatel restaurant, JP Anglo of Sarsa prepared beef with mung bean soup (beef brisket, jamon iberico bones, onions, garlic, batwan and crispy danggit and garlic chips)– and a guinamos pimento (roasted yellow and red bell peppers, grilled bananas, leeks and onions, and pureed with guinamos); Madrid Fusion Manila 2018 opening announcement: Philippine Department of Tourism’s Pam Samaniego, Silvia Diaz of La Finca, Gorka Txpartegi of Alameda, Jordy Navarra of Toyo, Philippine Amb. to Spain Philippe Lhuillier, Inigo Lavado of Singular, Lourdes Plana, JP Anglo; So amazing to have Elena Arzak as our “unofficial” ambassador of the Philippines. Here she is sharing Philippine dried mangoes with Spanish journalists and telling them about our country and cuisine at Madrid Fusion

3) Having met THE Jose Andres at our Philippine reception at Tatel Restaurant! It was so nice of him to come and celebrate with us.

It was so incredible meeting Jose Andres at the Philippine reception at Tatel for this year’s Madrid Fusion! Apart from his restaurants, I love what he stands for— defending immigrants ("Walls will not make America safer or greater,” he recently penned in an op-ed piece for the Washington Post); cooking to give back— most recently for the Montecito mudslide in California, and the hurricane in Puerto Rico; giving free sandwiches to government employees after the US government shut down a few days ago...He hasn’t been to the Philippines yet but he told me his brother married a lovely Filipina.
It was so incredible meeting Jose Andres at the Philippine reception at Tatel for this year’s Madrid Fusion! Apart from his restaurants, I love what he stands for— defending immigrants (“Walls will not make America safer or greater,” he recently penned in an op-ed piece for the Washington Post); cooking to give back— most recently for the Montecito mudslide in California, and the hurricane in Puerto Rico; giving free sandwiches to government employees after the US government shut down a few days ago…He hasn’t been to the Philippines yet but he told me his brother married a lovely Filipina.

And so, without further ado– and in no particular order– here’s the  full list of chefs who will be coming to Manila this April:

(*All photos supplied by Madrid Fusion Manila/ Department of Tourism)

Susi Diaz of La Finca in Alicante, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 2 Repsol Suns)

Susi Diaz (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Susi Diaz (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Javier Estevez of La Tasqueria in Madrid, Spain 

Javier Estevez (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila/ Kitchen Community)
Javier Estevez (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Roberto Ruiz of Punto MX in Madrid, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 2 Repsol Suns)

Roberto Ruiz (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Roberto Ruiz (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Diego Gallegos of Sollo in Málaga, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 1 Repsol Sun)

Diego Gallegos (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Diego Gallegos (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Inigo Lavado of Singular in Irun, Spain

Inigo Lavado (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Inigo Lavado (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Pepe Solla of Casa Solla in Pontevedra, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 3 Repsol Suns)

Pepe Solla (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Pepe Solla (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Gorka Txpartegi of Alameda in San Sebastian, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 2 Repsol Suns)

Gorka Txpartegi (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Gorka Txpartegi (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Curtis Duffy [formerly] of Grace in Chicago, Illinois, USA (3 Michelin Stars; Five Diamond Restaurant from AAA; Best Chef: Great Lakes at the 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards)

Curtis Duffy (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Curtis Duffy (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Akrame Benallal of Akrame in Paris, France (2 Michelin Stars- Paris; 1 Michelin Star- Hong Kong)

Akrame Benallal (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Akrame Benallal (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Matt Abergel of Ronin in Hong Kong (No. 45, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017)

Matt Abergel (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Matt Abergel (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

LG Han of Labyrinth in Singapore (1 Michelin Star)

LG Han (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
LG Han (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Mingoo Kang of Mingles in Seoul, Korea (1 Michelin Star; No. 15, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017)

Mingoo Kang (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Mingoo Kang (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Aitor Jeronimo Orive of Iggy’s in Singapore (1 Michelin Star)

Aitor Orive (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Aitor Orive (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Hajime Yoneda of Hajime in Osaka, Japan (2 Michelin Stars, No. 34, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017)

Hajime Yoneda (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Hajime Yoneda (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe of Kakao Bombones Lab in Caracas, Venezuela (Ambassador of the Venezuelan cacao and chocolate) 

Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Floriano Pellegrino and Isabella Poti of Bros’ in Leece, Italy 

Florian Pellegrino and Isabella Poti (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Florian Pellegrino and Isabella Poti (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Tom Cunanan of Bad Saint in Washington DC, USA (Nominee, 2017 James Beard Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)

Tom Cunanan (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Tom Cunanan (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Paul Qui of Kuneho in Austin, Texas (Winner, Top Chef Season 9; Winner, 2012 James Beard Best Chef: Southwest) 

Paul Qui (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Paul Qui (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

AND OUR MANILA-BASED CHEFS….

JP Anglo of Sarsa in Manila, Philippines

JP Anglo (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
JP Anglo (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

Patrick Go [formerly] of Black Sheep in Manila, Philippines 

Patrick Go (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)
Patrick Go (Photo by Cheryl Tiu)

Nicco Santos of Hey Handsome and Your Local in Manila, Philippines

Nicco Santos (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)
Nicco Santos (Photo courtesy of Madrid Fusion Manila)

For more information, visit Madrid Fusion Manila’s website. 

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