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What’s Good To Eat In Europe? Get A Taste During The First European Culinary Week In The Philippines This September

Fifteen European and Filipino chefs are coming together in Manila and Cebu to participate in the 1st European Culinary Week in the Philippines, a gastronomic event organized by the EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN). This week-long celebration will highlight the best of European cuisine through the cooking of the guest chefs, as well as showcase (mostly) food and beverages produced in Europe. The European Culinary Week will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manila and the Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan from September 10 to 16, 2018.

Participants can expect to learn more about European cuisine and products, while culinary students will also have the chance to meet and work with the visiting chefs. During the media launch held at the Grand Hyatt Manila, EU Ambassador Franz Jessen added that the European Culinary Week is about nurturing the people-to-people links between Filipinos and Europeans because both share the same passion for food, family, camaraderie, and togetherness as he encouraged everyone to celebrate European cuisine.



The week-long celebration kicks of with a Charity Dinner on September 10 at the Grand Hyatt Manila, followed by Culinaria on September 12 at the Grand Hyatt Manila, and the Culinary Weekend in Cebu from September 14 to 16 at Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan.



Here’s the list of participating chefs (as of this publishing):

Miko Aspiras (Philippines), Le Petit Soufflé, Makati and Mandaluyong

Francesco Brutto (Italy), Undicesmo Vinera, Treviso, Italy (1 Michelin star)

Oscar Calleja (Spain), Annua San Vicente de la Barquera, Spain (2 Michelin stars)

Marc Chalopin (France), Executive Chef, Ducasse Education Philippines 

Chele Gonzalez (Spain), Gallery by Chele, Bonifacio Global City

Santiago Guerrero (Spain), Hotel Kempinski, Bahia Estepona, Spain

François-Xavier Lambory (Belgium), Stirwen, Brussels, Belgium (15/20 Gault & Millau)

Colin Mackay (Scotland), Black Bird, Sala, People’s Palace, Makati

Gavin McDonagh (Ireland), Dylan McGrath Group

Laetitia Moreau (France), Executive Pastry Chef, Ducasse Education Philippines 

Paolo Nesi (Italy), L’Opera, Bonifacio Global City

Nicolas Pasdeloup (France), Crimson Resort & Spa

Pere Planaguma (Spain), Les Cols, Olot, Spain (2 Michelin stars)

Ivan Saiz Sordo (Spain), Enye by Chele Gonzalez, Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan

Nickolai Stoyanov (Russia), Executive Chef, Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay


The European Culinary Week is organized by the EU-Philippines Business Network, a project co-funded by the EU and implemented by a consortium of European Chambers of Commerce based in the Philippines in partnership with venue partners Grand Hyatt Manila and Crimson Hotel & Resort Mactan, wine and beverages partner Wine Depot, and culinary education partners Enderun Colleges and Alain Ducasse Institute of the Philippines.


Visit, or @europeanculinaryweek on Instagram for registration details


Photos by Cyrene Dela Rosa

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