24 April 2014

News | World's 50 Best Restaurants Revealed Next Week

Sharing this announcement from the organizers of the World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards.


On Monday 28th  April, London’s Guildhall will play host to the elite of the gastronomic world with a glittering ceremony held to announce and celebrate The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014.

The industry is holding its breath to see whether Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca will retain the coveted top spot for the second year in a row after becoming The S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant in 2013.

Philippines Food Journalist Margaux Salcedo with Chef Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca
With Chef Joan Roca of the reigning No. 1 World's Best Restaurant El Celler de Can Roca at the Asia's 50 Best Awards.

Brazil has started its party early with the announcement of Helena Rizzo, of Mani in São Paulo, as the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef. 

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014 will also present an exhibition of the works of renowned Brazilian food photographer Sergio Coimbra. His portraits of avant garde culinary creations will be shared with VIP guests on the night of the awards, hoping to inspire and excite existing and future generations of chefs and gastronomes.

Gathering at the Guildhall on Monday will be the ‘A list’ of the gastronomic world with chefs from 47 of the 50 restaurants on the list flying in from the four corners of the earth to be there.

The Awards

Further award categories include: 

Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Gaggenau
Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Zacapa
Highest Climber, sponsored by Lavazza
One To Watch, sponsored by Dekton® by Cosentino
Highest New Entry, sponsored by LesConcierges
World’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Cacao Barry®.
How the list is compiled 

The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member can cast seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognize restaurants outside of their own region.

The panel in each region is made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria.

The results will be published online at www.theworlds50best.com as soon as they have been announced to the assembled chefs and Academy members at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in London on the evening of 28th April.

Chefs | Aleth Ocampo

Speaking of Aleth ...

Getting invited to dine at another person's home is priceless. To be allowed to not only peek but participate in someone's sanctuary is, for me, the greatest honor.

23 April 2014

Chefs | Anthony Gouronopolo aka El Greco

I was asked on Facebook earlier by the great Mr. Boo Chanco about Greek cooking in the Philippines.

And this instantly reminded me of a margauxlicious Greek dinner I hosted last year for friends. It was held at the home of Aleth Ocampo and cooked by a Greek man named Anthony Gouronopolo (but we fondly call him El Greco because his Greek name is too hard to pronounce!).

Anthony Gouronopolo El Greco Greek lechon in the Philippines
Anthony Gouronopolo aka El Greco

20 April 2014

Chefs | Todd English Whips Up a Feast at Raffles

Todd English whips up a feast for the press at Raffles Makati

There was much hype about the opening of the Todd English Food Hall at SM Aura and I confess I haven't been (waiting for the hype to die down). But how lucky was I to have been invited to a sit-down lunch at Long Bar at Raffles Makati cooked by the very own hands of Mr. English himself (while he was here to open Food Hall).

19 April 2014

Chefs | Chef Jessie Resurrects the Recipes of Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada's Mother Doña Maria Ejercito

Today, April 19, is former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's birthday. To join in on the celebrations - he always serves the best meals - margauxlicious looks back to when Chef Jessie Sincioco resurrected his mother Doña Mary Ejercito's recipes, as preserved in the book Maria's Recipes, a copy of which was given to me by the former president when I handled media for his 2010 presidential bid. Chef Jessie, upon request, cooked select recipes to the letter when Mr. Estrada visited the office of the Philippine Daily Inquirer last year. 

18 April 2014

Restaurants | Shine Bakery

I confess that if I hadn't been invited by Bella Yuchengco herself (the true gourmet!), I wouldn't have gone to SM Aura. For some reason I have never been drawn to this mall, in spite of the Sarah Jessica Parker hype. But I'm glad I went.

First of all, I didn't realize there were so many interesting new shops (which I have yet to check out). Secondly, I was relieved to finally find a place with parking at the Fort/Bonifacio Global City (BGC) - at least compared to Serendra/High Street, which is absolute hell on any day of the week (try eating at High Street for lunch, you'll be going around looking for parking until 3pm - and even then if you find a spot consider yourself lucky!). Third - and the reason for this post - Shine Bakery was a really great find!

27 March 2014

News | Vask brings it for World's Best Bigwigs

The Vask team welcomes Raymond Lim of Singapore's Les Amis (left) and Leisa Tyler of World's 50 Best Restaurants (right).

Vask hosted a dinner Monday night for the speakers of the Nespresso Food Forum (held Tuesday March 25 at the Raffles Hotel Writer's Bar).

20 March 2014

Travel | Bacchanalia, Singapore

It was my last meal in Singapore on my last visit (was there for the Asia's Best Restaurant Awards) and I had heard that Bacchanalia was hip - and it was - but I wasn't expecting to be this impressed, especially because some know it more as the hip happening cocktail lounge it becomes at night.

But to say I enjoyed my meal is an understatement. The dishes were creative without being crazy and very intelligently executed. Couldn't stop thinking about it.

My feature about it in the Philippine Daily Inquirer here.

This is A Different Salad. It has seasonal root vegetables. Served with poached banana hearts, Macadamia fluid gel, a Ponzu veil and banana puree. Interesting use of the puso ng saging. 

08 March 2014

Travel | The Black Swan, Singapore

 "Can we go to the Black Swan instead?" I messaged my high school bud Cherie. She wanted to check out a noodle place near her house near the Changi airport and I was horrified at the prospect of getting lost in the suburbs of Singapore. Plus The Black Swan was suggested by Miele Guide founder Su-Lyn Tan whose Singapore recommendations cannot be ignored.

06 March 2014

Asia's 50 Best | Where to buy the Guide + David Thompson coming to Manila

Here are the Top Ten "best" restaurants in Asia:

Asia's 50 Best Restaurant Awards
Top Ten Restaurants:

1. Nahm. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Narisawa. Tokyo, Japan
3. Gaggan. Bangkok, Thailand
4. Amber. Hong Kong, China
5. Nihonryori RyuGin. Tokyo, Japan
6. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
7. Waku Ghin, Singapore
8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet. Shanghai, China
9. Lung King Heen. Hong Kong, China
10. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. Hong Kong, China.
Won't write all 50 because the guide is for sale. Check it out here: http://shop.william-reed.com/store/products,asias-50-best-restaurants-guide_2626.htm

01 March 2014

Asia's 50 Best | Singapore Sure Knows How to Party

Asia's 50 Best Cocktails. Clockwise: Chuckling with 2013 Number 1 Chef Narisawa. With Singapore's A-List ladies Lynn Yeow De-Vito and Su-Lyn Tan. Vietnam-based Bobby Chinn strikes a pose with Tetsuya Wakuda et al after dancing his way to them. With Miele Guide Chef of Chefs Umberto Bombana from 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. With Waku Ghin's Tetsuya Wakuda. 
February 24, 2014.  Singapore rolls out the red carpet once again to welcome the world's best chefs.

14 November 2013

MENU for Inquirer Lifestyle | Helping Out While Eating Out - Here's How

It almost feels as if the country’s faith is being tested, with a supertyphoon immediately following a super earthquake, and the casualty statistics hitting not only hundreds but the tens of thousands.
But out of these tests of faith come a generosity of spirit that brings the nation together and makes us stronger. In helping Cebu and Bohol rise from the effects of the earthquake; and Tacloban, Ormoc, Aklan, Mindoro and all other affected provinces and cities rise from the aftermath of the wrath of “Yolanda,” there is no divide between government and private citizen, among religions, or people of different social standing. We come together as a people to help.

Culture for a cause

Photo Credit: Facebook: Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant

30 October 2013

margauxlicious Eats | Halloween Street Treats

In the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday and Halloween, sharing my first Halloween piece for the Sunday Inquirer Magazine ... I had so much fun writing this! And exploring our own freaky cuisine!