IN TIME for this year’s “Kadaugan sa Mactan” festival, which commemorates the historic victory of Datu Lapu-Lapu against Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, a special culinary event is set to delight visiting guests and locals as Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu offers a three-day “Battle of Mactan” buffet special in collaboration with guest celebrity chef, Zhe Jacinto.
Set on April 19 to 21, this buffet event takes everyone on a journey of food and flavors from Spain to the Philippines.Taking command of the kitchen is the hotel’s Executive Chef, Jean Louis Leon, who will cook up a feast with signature dishes from Spain. This culinary rock star is known in Cebu for his flavorful and modern take on gastronomy, and he’s ready to bring to the table his own rendition of notable Spanish cuisine.
Adding zest to the line-up is Chef Jacinto from Manila, a seasoned personality in the food and beverage scene, with a successful career spanning more than eight years. She owns and sits as Board of Director at the Academy of Culinary Excellence (ACE). Aside from guesting in various cooking segments on national TV, she has also conceptualized food events for charity foundations, notable hotels and various business tycoons, VIPs and dignitaries in the Philippines.
“There is so much history and detail in our cooking style and traditions,” she said. Asked what guests should look forward to, she beams, “Two of the many dishes I am preparing are Chicken Pianggang and a black soup called Tiyulah Itum, which an all-time favorite of the Sultan. I’ll be using a lot of rare ingredients from different provinces in Mindanao. So, expect to taste not only the classic Filipino dishes, but also Mindanaoan flavors and recipes.”
Don’t miss this special limited offer at The Sails restaurant in Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu from April 19 to 21. (PR)