chef (photo by pixabay)

chef (photo by pixabay)

Lined up for the iconic festival is a series of events that will feature and celebrate Filipino cuisine where top chefs from Manila, New York, and Melbourne will serve Filipino food and conduct masterclasses during the MFWF.

On March 12 and 13, chefs Jordy Navarra, Nicole Ponseca, and Yasmin Newman will prepare a “BARRIO” style dinner series with Ross Magnaye, head chef of Rice Paper Sister Restaurant. This particular event is part of the MFWF’s Global Dining Series.

Navarra, who runs the Toyo Eatery in Manila, was a recipient of the Miele One to Watch Award 2018 among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

On the other hand, Ponseca is behind the successes of New York City’s Maharlika and Jeepney restaurants.

Newman, a local food and travel writer, is the author of the critically acclaimed cookbook “7000 Islands: Cherished Recipes and Stories from the Philippines.”

Drawing on their Filipino heritage, these gourmands will co-create an exclusive “BARRIO” menu, providing the entrée for MFWF visitors to immerse themselves in the Philippines’ rich culinary heritage.

On March 9, Rice Paper Sister will showcase Asian Street Food Filipino style. Melbourne-based Entrée. Pinays, a group of Filipino female entrepreneurs, is the force behind BARRIO presentation.

Navara, Ponseca, together with another chef John Rivera will present “The House of Food and Wine” on 10 March. Rivera is the San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year and executive chef at Restaurant Lume.

Special Trade Representative Alma Argayoso said they are working with Entrée.Pinays to help raise greater awareness and mainstream Philippine cuisine in Australia to celebrate Filipino food and culture.

“We also have a Very Important Buyer Program and Fly-in-Journalist Program where we sponsor food importers and journalists to fly to the Philippines to see, taste, experience and source Filipino food at IFEX Philippines, an international food exhibition showcasing the freshest produce and finest food and ingredients that the Philippines can offer,” Argayoso said.

Founded in 1993, the MFWF is an annual food and wine event supporting and cultivating what makes Melbourne – and the surrounding regions – a gastronomic playground.