Photos by Joel Bagon and Maria Elena P. Algabre
Stockholm, 4 September 2018 -- Chefs from Stockholm’s top 10 restaurants, notably Michelin-starred Chef Magnus Ek of Oaxen Slip & Krog and Chef Rodrigo Perez of Ekstedt, graced the interactive dinner of Chef Margarita Forés on 4 September 2018. The event was held at prominent Pontus Frithiof Atelier 23, which is owned by multi-awarded Chef and Entrepreneur Pontus Frithiof, with his group of Sweden’s well-known restaturants.
Chef Margarita collaborated with Pontus Frithiof’s Group Chef Mikael Einarsson, himself an established name in Stockholm’s restaurant world, to provide the guests an interactive dinner. To start the dinner, Chef Mikael presented guests with canapé-sized amuse-bouche, combining Swedish produce and flavors from the Philippines. In presenting the first dish, Chef Margarita demonstrated the preparation of kinilaw, a simple dish of fresh raw fish cured in vinegar, while narrating its origin predating Spanish influence in the Philippines.
The dinner continued with shrimp sinigang, the sour and savoury stew or soup, followed by short beef ribs adobo, a well-loved dish with its distinct flavor of vinegar, soy sauce and spices. The adobo was accompanied by the Filipino adlai rice, a healthier substitute for rice, and pickled papaya or atchara. Pinakbet, an indigeneous dish from northern Philippines, was served alongside the adobo.
The interactive dinner for the exclusive group of twenty-plus guests from the culinary world aimed to let them experience Philippine cuisine. The chefs present during the dinner represent Sweden’s hotspots, such as Oaxen Slip and Krog, Ekstedt, Tak Restaurant, Berns Asiatika, Nosh & Chow, East, Wagamama, Broms Karlaplan, Handverket, Farang, and Pontus Frithiof’s group of restaurants. All of these chefs have authored best-selling and award-winning cookbooks. Joining the top chefs were top officials of major food and non-food chain retail stores and food suppliers, namely Gourmet Food, United Nordic Inc – Axfood AB, ICA AB, and Thai Fong Food AB. The three chain retail stores cover about 70% of the market share in Sweden.
On her last day in Stockholm, Chef Margarita was interviewed by a well-known editor/journalist of a travel and food magazine, Ms. Anna Noström. Chef Margarita elaborated on what Filipino food is, as well as the philosophy behind the Filipino food culture.
The 2018 Philippine culinary tour in Scandinavia entitled Philippine Flavors: A Culinary Tour with Margarita Forés, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016, was organized by the Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Stockholm and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, Cultural Diplomacy Unit. The tour continues to Malmö, Sweden, on 7 September 2018. END