While this post was originally published last February 6, 2018, the Philippine Department of Tourism has informed us that Madrid Fusion Manila 2018 has been postponed to a later date. Details to be confirmed.
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!
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Very proud to have our Cross Cultures collaborator Jordy Navarra (@jordynavarra) of Toyo Eatery (@toyoeatery) and sous chef JP Cruz (@jepecruz) repping the Philippines this year at Madrid Fusion in the Spanish capital!🙌🇵🇭🇪🇸 Here, Jordy spoke about the patis or Philippine fish sauce, which they creatively use with chocolate at his restaurant. @madridfusion @madridfusionmanila @maybnavarra @mvayuyao @noellemagcale #madridfusion #madridfusionmanila #realemf18 #crossculturesbycheryltiu #filipino #filipinofood #pinoypower #pinoypride #madrid #spain #chefstalk
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
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.
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)
Javier Estevez of La Tasqueria in Madrid, Spain
Roberto Ruiz of Punto MX in Madrid, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 2 Repsol Suns)
Diego Gallegos of Sollo in Málaga, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 1 Repsol Sun)
Inigo Lavado of Singular in Irun, Spain
Pepe Solla of Casa Solla in Pontevedra, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 3 Repsol Suns)
Gorka Txpartegi of Alameda in San Sebastian, Spain (1 Michelin Star, 2 Repsol Suns)
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)
Akrame Benallal of Akrame in Paris, France (2 Michelin Stars- Paris; 1 Michelin Star- Hong Kong)
Matt Abergel of Ronin in Hong Kong (No. 45, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017)
LG Han of Labyrinth in Singapore (1 Michelin Star)
Mingoo Kang of Mingles in Seoul, Korea (1 Michelin Star; No. 15, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017)
Aitor Jeronimo Orive of Iggy’s in Singapore (1 Michelin Star)
Hajime Yoneda of Hajime in Osaka, Japan (2 Michelin Stars, No. 34, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017)
Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe of Kakao Bombones Lab in Caracas, Venezuela (Ambassador of the Venezuelan cacao and chocolate)
Floriano Pellegrino and Isabella Poti of Bros’ in Leece, Italy
Tom Cunanan of Bad Saint in Washington DC, USA (Nominee, 2017 James Beard Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
Paul Qui of Kuneho in Austin, Texas (Winner, Top Chef Season 9; Winner, 2012 James Beard Best Chef: Southwest)
AND OUR MANILA-BASED CHEFS….
JP Anglo of Sarsa in Manila, Philippines
Patrick Go [formerly] of Black Sheep in Manila, Philippines
Nicco Santos of Hey Handsome and Your Local in Manila, Philippines
For more information, visit Madrid Fusion Manila’s website.