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Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 reveals chef lineup

Madrid Fusión, one of the most globally anticipated annual gastronomic affairs, is set to seize the Manila summer with three exciting events—the International Gastronomy Congress, Trade Exhibition and Flavors of the Philippines Festival.

Jose Luis Gonzalez
Filipino Chef, José Luis Gonzalez (Gallery Vask)

Organized annually in Madrid, Spain since 2003, Madrid Fusión has been locally dubbed as Madrid Fusión Manila and will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City from April 24 to 26, 2015. Celebrating over 300 years of cultural ties, Madrid Fusión Manila aims to renew the culinary spark between the Philippines and Spain.

Myrna Segismundo
Filipino Chef, Myrna Segismundo (Restaurant 9501)

Internationally renowned, Michelin-starred Spanish chefs and notable Filipino celebrity chefs will take center stage at the Congress to discuss and demonstrate the latest trends and techniques to transform global cuisine. Food connoisseurs and gastronomes will surely enjoy the Festival happening simultaneously all over Metro Manila, including a Tapas Festival, food tours and tastings, roving food trucks, bar crawls, and more.

Mario Sandoval
Spanish Chef, Mario Sandoval (Coque, 1 Michelin star & 3 Repsol suns)

Featured Spanish Chefs:

  • Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
  • Elena Arzak (Arzak, 3 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
  • Quique Dacosta (Denia, 3 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
  • Ramón Freixa (Ramón Freixa Madrid, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
  • Francis Paniego (Echaurren, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
  • Paco Roncero (La Terraza del Casino, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)
  • Mario Sandoval (Coque, 1 Michelin star & 3 Repsol suns)
  • Paco Torreblanca (Torreblanca Bombonerías, Best Pastry Chef in Spain and Europe)

Featured Filipino Chefs:

  • Fernando Aracama (Aracama)
  • Margarita Fores (Lusso)
  • Jay Gamboa (Cirkulo)
  • José Luis Gonzalez (Gallery Vask)
  • Pepe Lopez (Rambla)
  • Rob Pengson (The Goose Station)
  • Bruce Ricketts (Mecha Uma)
  • Myrna Segismundo (Restaurant 9501)
  • Claude Tayag (Bale Dutung)
  • Juan Carlos de Terry (Terry’s)

Paco Roncero
Spanish Chef, Paco Roncero (La Terraza del Casino, 2 Michelin stars & 3 Repsol suns)

The Trade Exhibition will feature Spanish and Filipino premium products such as Spanish wines, cheeses, sausages, hams, beers, and sweets, as well as, Philippine rice, cacao, coffee, mango, coconut, liqueurs, chocolates, cheeses, nuts and artisanal salts, and various world-class kitchen equipment.

“The whole concept behind Madrid Fusión is to get the best in culinary arts to come to Manila, share their knowledge, and learn from our local culinary chefs at the same time. Not only are we excited to learn from the modern techniques, this event serves to challenge our food artisans to bring out the best in their craft and to start a crusade to make Manila the center of culinary excellence in this region,”said Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr.. Madrid Fusión Manila is a joint partnership between DOT, the Tourism Promotions Board and Madrid Fusión organizers Foro de Debate and ARUM.

For information on the chefs, the activities and registration, please visit

About Madrid Fusión Manila:

In April 2015, as part of the “Visit the Philippines Year 2015” festivities, the eyes of the entire world will focus on Manila with the staging of Madrid Fusión Manila. This global event is envisioned to showcase an encounter between Spanish and Filipino chefs to celebrate 300 years of shared history.

Highlighting the Philippines as a culinary center of excellence in Asia, Madrid Fusión Manila presents a unique opportunity for chefs, food aficionados, and food-and beverage company professionals to come together, learn new things and share their talent, expertise, as well as products to the market.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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