For the second year in a row, madridfusión travels to Manila to offer a fresh look at the fusion of culinary cultures. This year's event is entitled “The Manila Galleon: East Meets West”.
“The Manila Galleon” epitomises one of the longest trade routes that have ever existed. For about 300 years this route enabled the exchange of products, food, objects and cultures between Manila (the Philippines) and the ports of New Spain (Mexico) and later, Spain.
The protagonists of the event are twenty chefs from across the world.
From the West:
Ricard Camarena (Ricard Camarena, Spain); Jordi Butrón (EspaiSucre, Spain); Dani García (Dani García, Spain); Ángel León (Aponiente, Spain); Virgilio Martínez (Central, Peru); Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico); Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca, Spain); y Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil, Mexico).
From the East:
Michael Apiras (Scout´s Honor and Le Petit Soufflé, the Philippines); Kevin Cherkas (Cuca, Indonesia); Leah Cohen (Pig & Khao, the USA); Amy Besa & Romy Dorotan (Purple Yam, the Philippines and the USA); Yoshihiro Narisawa (Narisawa, Japan); Paul Qui (Qui, the USA); Tatung Sarthou (Alab, the Philippines); David Thompson (Nahm, Thailand); Nurdin Topham (Nur, Hong Kong); Jungsik Yim (Jungsik, South Korea).
In addition to the congress, gourmet products – mainly Spanish and Filipino – will be presented at the Exhibition Area. Spanish companies will be grouped together in the ICEX pavilion. Throughout April – and in parallel to the congress – culinary activities will be held all over the country as part of the programme of the Flavors of the Philippines Festival.
The aim of madridfusión Manila is to foster cultural and gastronomic exchange between East and West via the cultural heritage and bonds that exist between the Philippines and Spain.
The event is organised by the Philippine Department of Tourism, Foro de Debate (the organiser of Madrid Fusión in Spain) and the consulting firm Arum.