Celebrity chefs to grace 15th Philippine Food Expo

15th Philippine Food Expo

Celebrity chefs Myke “Tatung” Sarthou, Sheilla Lopez, and Boy Logro will take center as they showcase their latest culinary creations at the 15th Philippine Food Expo set on April 28-30 at the Mall of Asia SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Chef Tatung Sarthou
Chef Tatung Sarthou

Organized by the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization (Philfoodex), the Expo is country’s only All-Filipino Food Show which is making a much-awaited comeback after a three-year hiatus with bigger and more diverse exhibitors.

Award-winning chef and cookbook author Tatung Sarthou will talk on Food Tourism on April 28, 3:00 p.m. at a forum presented by the Far Eastern University in collaboration with the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP). An advocate of the country’s culinary heritage, he will share his passion on preserving and defining Filipino cooking as an intergal part of the tourism industry.

Chef Sheilla Lopez & Chef Boy Logro at the Baguio Oil Cooking Series
Chef Sheilla Lopez & Chef Boy Logro at the Baguio Oil Cooking Series

Meanwhile, the tandem of chefs Sheilla Lopez and Boy Logro will sizzle with cooking demos on April 30, 1:00 p.m. at their sought-after long-running Baguio Oil Cooking Series TV program.

Themed Emerging Trends in Food Trade, the biennial Expo will gather over 300 micro, small, medium and exporters involved in food manufacturing, growing, export, equipment, packaging, ingredients, additives, and allied industries.

Also taking part are handling, labeling and processing equipment, kitchen fittings and accessories, refrigeration showcase, silverware and glassware, bar coding, distribution management, food safety and hygiene, and test and instrumentation companies.

“As before, exhibitors are putting their best foot, and best food, forward, as we try to regain our global competitiveness in the post-pandemic era by providing a one-stop shop and enabling platform for buyers, sellers and other stakeholders in the food industry,” says Philfoodex president Ruben See.

Food Styling and Photography Contest at Philippine Food Expo
Food Styling and Photography Contest at Philippine Food Expo

He noted that new home-grown medium and small enterprises born out during the pandemic, will also exhibit for the first time to expand their market reach.

“The demand for new food products and technologies in Southeast Asia has increased exponentially, which local manufacturers must be able to meet. In line with this, we are working out measures to improve our exports and manufacturing sector by partnering with our Asean countries for the steady supply of raw materials,” he added.

Supported by the Department of Agriculture, the event is in conjunction with the Filipino Food Month which celebraties the country’s rich culinary treasures.

Also slated is series of seminars on investment and food security to help medium, small and micro enterprises improve their product, and optimize business opportunities.

Spicing up the Expo is the Culinary Challenge which will showcase the skills of students and faculty in the categories of food styling and photography, Philippine regional table setting, Kitchen Masters, PINASarap breakfast, healthy pasta, modern Filipino dessert, and mystery ingredient.

Endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education and with the University of Santo Tomas as official partner school, the fringe event is a vital input in enhancing the competencies of future frontliners in the food service and tourism industries. Community members at the barangay-level are involved through the special category: Mother’s Specialty Dish.

It will also feature the Young Farmers Challenge Program, which engages young farmers and fisherfolk in the national drive for food security and agricultural modernization.

Philippine Food Expo daily schedule of activities
Philippine Food Expo daily schedule of activities

Philippine Food Expo is backed by the Department of Trade and Industry, UnionBank of the Philippines, Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines Inc., Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, Hotel and Restaurant Chefs’ Association of the Philippines, and the Food Caterers Association of the Philippines.

Other partners are Centrex Corp., Gomeco Group of Companies, Everest Appliances, BCS Systems and Technologies Inc., and Blue Silver.

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