Award-winning chef co-hosts Pinoy cooking class on UK culinary website – Manila Bulletin

Filipino cuisine has garnered worldwide interest, in part thanks to generations of people of Filipino descent seeking to understand their roots.

Multi-award winning chef, restaurateur, culinary educator and cookbook author, Gene Gonzalez has teamed up with British chefs Budgie Montoya, Rex de Guzman and Mark Corbyn in “The Filipino Kitchen: East Meets West”, a cooking class in middle line that offers a deep dive into Filipino cuisine.

The course is hosted on Rassa, a UK-based online culinary education platform. Although the course is aimed at non-Filipinos and people of Filipino descent living abroad, the fact that such a course has been developed shows that there is a demand to learn more about Filipino cuisine .

Multi-award winning chef, restaurateur, culinary educator and cookbook author, Gene Gonzalez has teamed up with British chefs Budgie Montoya, Rex de Guzman and Mark Corbyn in “The Filipino Kitchen: East Meets West”, a cooking class in middle line that offers a deep dive into Filipino cuisine. (joinrassa.com)

“I want Filipinos to know that there are other Filipinos abroad who promote Filipino cuisine and are very good representatives of Filipino cuisine in their own area,” Gonzalez says. “The Filipino chefs in England are very creative souls…I would say the purity of the Filipino cuisine they make in England is quite pure…It’s real Filipino cuisine.”

Gonzalez will teach foodies the basic ingredients and techniques behind Filipino cuisines. “It’s the lectures I have on Filipino traditions and cultures: food culture, what makes Filipino food different, and also (explaining that) many (Filipino) recipes are methods. Something like adobo, you multiply the number of families in the Philippines, and you have the right number of good adobo recipes.

Discussions will also focus on Filipino food culture. “One of the things I explained was the idea of ​​sawsawan, or sauce,” he explains. “It does not insult the chief. In fact, it assures the chef that the person will be satisfied by participating with the person who cooks the meal… It’s not only participative between chef and guest, it’s also participative between guests based on eating it together….

The course will also take learners on virtual tours of a Filipino wet market, a natural vinegar distiller’s workshop, and Manila’s Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in the world. “There are so many things that we should do about our cuisine, that we should protect and maintain (the) because a lot of traditions are dying and it’s only (by) awareness and appreciation, probably d a global community, which will stimulate us to maintain it and not to neglect it or let it down.

Gonzalez will take learners on virtual tours of a Filipino wet market, a natural vinegar distiller’s workshop, and Manila’s Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in the world. (joinrassa.com)

Gonzalez also explains how much effort it really takes to produce and harvest rice, a staple grain in many Asian countries, including the Philippines. “People should know (what farmers are going through). You have something like rice and everyone knows it’s a cereal, but people don’t know how hard it is.

“The Filipino Kitchen: East Meets West” is a step toward explaining Filipino cuisine to global audiences. Gonzalez says, “I don’t expect Filipinos in the Philippines to sign up for the show, but it would be good for them to know that there is a global effort to promote Filipino cuisine. We should really be proud of (our) traditions and we should really investigate and be aware of what we have, what our cuisine has to offer the world.

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