After its delectably successful debut edition in April, Madrid Fusión Manila (MFM) will return next year for a bigger and tastier culinary extravaganza. Supported by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), MFM is set on April 7 to 9, 2016. It is expected to draw together another line-up of Michelin-starred chefs from Spain, Japan and other parts of the globe, including both 3-Michelin-starred Chef Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, and Chef Eneko Atxa of Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, Spain; and 2-Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Narisawa of Les Créations de Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan.
“We are excited to host the second edition of Madrid Fusión Manila, which brings international culinary experts from the East and West and provides our local chefs a significant platform to perform for the international audience. This is not an accidental occurrence, but the continuation of an activity that will put Manila to its rightful place as one of the centers of culinary excellence in the world,” says Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. at the contract signing in Fairmont Makati.
Formally signing the agreement to stage MFM 2016 were DOT Secretary Jimenez, DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito Bengzon Jr., DOT Head of Market Development Group – Director Verna Buensuceso, Foro de Debate General Manager Lourdes Plana, and Arum Estrategias Internacionalizacion Director Iñigo Cañedo and Gastronomic Coordinator Mielle Esteban.
Secretary Jimenez also awarded plaques of appreciation to the sponsors, industry partners and local chefs who contributed to the success of the first MFM, including chefs Margarita Fores, Myrna Segismundo, Claude Tayag, J. Gamboa, Fernando Aracama, J.C. de Terry, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Pepe Lopez, Rob Pengson, and Bruce Ricketts.
“Madrid Fusión Manila 2016 will hopefully reaffirm the Philippines’s place on the global culinary map and will help attract more foreign tourists to come and sample our dishes,” says TPB Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III. “With Filipino foods being heralded by foreign food reviewers as the next ‘it’ in international cuisine, expectations are high. The whole culinary world is looking forward to the event.”