3rd Madrid Fusión introduces sustainability in the culinary industry

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In Photo: Tourism Promotions Board’s Joselito Gregorio, Foro de Debate’s Ana Capel, Spanish Ambassador Luis Calvo, Chef Rodrigo de la Calle, Chef Kiko Moya, Chef Ray Adriansah, Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo, Foro de Debate’s Jose Carlos Capel, Chef Sally Camacho, Foro de Debate’s Lourdes Plana, Chef Robby Goco, Chef Gene Gonzalez, Tourism Director Verna Buensuceso, Former Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos Salinas and Arum’s Mielle Esteban

DELEGATES and attendees of the third Madrid Fusión Manila witnessed world-renowned chefs present and define the future of food and sustainable cuisines in the 21st century.

Exploring the cultural influences of the country, Madrid Fusión Manila is back in the Philippines for the third time, bringing in award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs from across the world.

With this year’s theme “Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet”, 19 multitalented chefs showcased culinary innovations and cutting-edge techniques in creating exquisite cuisines while introducing sustainability in the culinary industry.

Among the chefs who came from Spain were Josean Alija, Rodrigo de la Calle, Kiko Moya, Paco Perez, Pedro Subijana, Jordi Roca and Alejandra Rivas Gomez. Other European counterparts who were featured in the three-day event were Gert de Mangeleer, Magnus Ek, Tatiana and Katia Levha, among others.   Filipino kitchen chefs also took part in the gastronomic event.

(Seated, from left) Spanish Economic and Commercial Office representative Pedro Pascual, Department of Tourism Director Verna Buensuceso, Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano, Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr., Arum Estrategias Internacionalizacion S.L.’s Inigo Canedo and Foro de Debate’s Carlos Capel
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People with the love for food, the passion for cooking and extremely talented individuals gathered in one venue to celebrate another year of gastronomic experience. The past two years have truly been an incredible journey for the global food industry, where chefs from different parts of the world came together as they shared knowledge about food.

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017 was composed of these three components: the International Gastronomy Congress, where award-winning chefs shared their views and techniques in cooking; the International Gastronomy Expo, which featured the finest food products and gourmet food, ingredients and technologies from Asia and Spain; and the launch of Flavors of the Philippines, a monthlong food festival across the country featuring the finest delicacies from every region.

The International Gastronomy Expo 2017 and Regional lunch

“Today food forecasts for 2017 have predicted the Philippines as the place where the next big food trend will start, and many articles have been written worldwide about how the food scene in the country is heating up,” said Tourism Director Verna Covar-Buensuceso at Madrid Fusión 2017 at Palacio Municipal de Congresos, Madrid.

With Madrid Fusión Manila’s third installment, the Philippines’s culinary industry has further expanded and grown, as it serves to challenge the country’s aspiring chefs to bring out the best in their crafts and make every corner of the archipelago a melting pot of sorts for culinary excellence.

Congratulations to the organizers of the third Madrid Fusión Manila!