The Philippines and Mexico will be countries of focus.
“All of us in the industry have built momentum in bringing Filipino cuisine to the global stage—the best is yet to come,” says Manila-based Margarita Forés, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant’s Best Female Chef 2016. Hong Kong-based food writer Janice Leung-Hayes adds, “Reflective of a unique history and diverse geography—and hence, agricultural environments—the world is finally waking up to the diversity of Filipino cuisine, as well as the nation’s love of and pride in food.” The third edition of Madrid Fusion Manila, a gastronomy festival held in April, was a great venue to discover the cuisine for those with a growing interest. Restaurateur and hotelier Loh Lik Peng thinks Mexico will continue to be a destination for food lovers given that René Redzepi is moving Noma there for the year. “I think people would be curious to see what Redzepi will be doing in Mexico. This means a lot of hidden gems will be uncovered, and ingredients that are available in Mexico and Central America will gain prominence.”