MADRID FUSION 2016: Showdown of the World’s No. 1 Chefs in Manila! @MadridFusionMNL

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This is awesome!  The World’s No.1 Chefs are coming to Manila for Madrid Fusion!

This feels like the World’s 50 Best Awards happening in Manila 🙂 Here’s the confirmed line-up so far for Madrid Fusion Manila on April 7-9, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center.

Manila is going crazy about the 2016 Chef line-up:

– Joan Roca, 3 Michelin Stars, World’s No. 1 Restaurant – El Celler de can Roca in Girona, Spain

– Virgilio Martinez, 1 Michelin Star, Latin America’s No. 1 Restaurant –Central Restaurante in Lima, Peru  (World’s No.4)

– Yoshihiro Narisawa, 2 Michelin Stars, Regarded as Asia’s No. 1 Chef, Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan  (World’s No. 8 Restaurant)

– Dani Garcia, 2 Michelin Stars, Bibo Andalusian Brasserie & Tapas, Malaga, Spain

– José Andrés, Spanish-American Chef – Think Food Group in USA


Confirmed Chefs as of Nov 26

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To represent the Philippines and Filipino Chefs,

– Paul Qui, No.1 Filipin0-American Chef in USA, Restaurant Qui

– Leah Cohen, Pig and Khao, New York City

– Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan, Purple Yam, New York City and Manila, and

– Myke “Tatung” Sarthou, Alab by Chef Tatung, Philippines

… and more to come.

For an updated list of speakers, visit


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Manila is set to hosts Madrid Fusion in Asia for the next 5 years which envisions to transform Manila as a Center of Culinary Excellence in Asia!

The official Memorandum of Understanding signed today November 26, 2015 for Madrid Fusion 2016 by Honorable Secretary Jimenez of the Philippine Department of Tourism and Honorable Jaime Garcia-Legaz of Secretary of State for Trade for ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones.


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In 2015, Madrid Fusion Manila has a total of 22 countries and 88 exhibiting companies participating in 175 booths. There were more than 6,000 trade visitors and 1,381 congress participants.  

The International Gastronomy Congress featured 10 Michelin-star Spanish and Asian Chefs and 10 of the most respected chefs in the Philippines.


Madrid Fusion Manila is composed of three (3) culinary events:

1). International Gastronomy Congress (3 days)

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The congress consisted of presentations on distinct menus and food preparations.

Traditional techniques and culinary practices were rediscovered and made modern and new; Interesting and unusual ingredients were revealed and explored;  and The latest innovations and trends in the global gourmet scene were discussed and shared.


Here’s an interview with Chef Andoni of Mugaritz regarding his thoughts about the Culinary Revolution in Manila!


2). Trade Exhibits

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The trade exhibit brought together international and national food and beverage companies which showcased their products, equipment, and technology to over 6,000 trade buyers and decision-makers from many countries. 


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There were food tasting and seminars, wine tunnel, culinary presentations, and destination lifestyle stands.


3). Flavors of the Philippines Festival 

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The Flavors of the Philippines Festival was a month-long cultural and gastronomic feast in many parts of the country featuring food tours and tastings, gourmet meals by celebrity chefs in restaurants, roving food trucks, bar crawls and more…


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In Madrid Fusion 2016, the main conference lunch and the VIP media lunch will be combined to showcase the best of the Philippine Cuisine with different themes – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao!


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I personally love the four-hands dinners and celebrity chef dinners:


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Registration for Madrid Fusion Manila MFM 2016 Congress is now open.

Regular rate: US$450 (P20,000)
Group rate: US$290 (P13,000) for a minimum group of 20 pax

Early Bird Rate: US$320 (P14,000) only until January 15, 2016.

For students:

Regular rate: US$410 (P18,000)
Group rate: US$245 (P11,000) for a minimum group of 20 pax

Early Bird Rate: US$320 (P14,000) only until January 15, 2016.

For more info, visit

Promo Rate:

There is a Special 5 + 1 Group Rate where one complimentary delegate pass is given for five (5) registered delegates under the early bird rate applicable on or before January 15, 2016, or under the regular rate for January 16 onwards.


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Congratulations to the Madrid Fusion Manila 2016 organizers! I’m so excited!

For further details on MFM 2016, interested parties may communicate through the contact details below:

International Gastronomy Congress 

Telephone: +632 893-7973

Trade Exhibit

Telephone: +632 929-7993, 929-7963

Flavors of the Philippines Festival

Telephone: +632 832-5401


Live an Awesome Life,



Disclosure: I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Madrid Fusion in Madrid, Spain will be held on January 25-27, 2016 where our very own Chef Chele Gonzales will be presenting for the Philippines! For more info, visit

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