MANILA, Philippines — Michelin-starred chef Geoffrey Zakarian is coming to Manila for "Feast of Colours," a gala dinner that will happen on Thursday, March 20 at the Grand Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
LEGENDARY. Zakarian was the winner in one of the most competitive cycles of The Next Iron Chef. Photo courtesy of Cignal
The "Iron Chef" series is considered the mother of all kitchen battles on TV. Its contestants are not just home chefs but successful restaurateurs and book authors. The competition is so cutthroat that seasoned chefs are willing to risk their reputations to nab the prize.
If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll know that the current titleholder, Alex Guarnaschelli, actually lost to Zakarian before re-entering and winning Season 5.
Now what can guests look forward to in this feast, aside from the chance to meet an internationally acclaimed chef?
The dinner, which is organized by Colours, the living magazine channel, together with Cignal TV, will benefit the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). Buying a seat at Feast of Colours will help fund the PDRF’s rehabilitation efforts for communities affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
It’s an event with a lot of heart, but for the other senses, there’s a lot in store as well.
The night’s menu will be unique, even for guests who may have eaten in one of Chef Zakarian’s restaurants. Chef Zakarian will be preparing dishes that he has never served in his US restaurants or his many TV appearances.
Zakarian is the mastermind behind popular New York restaurants such The Lambs Club, The National, and Ocean Blue. The latter is also the on-board resto of the Norwegian Getaway, the largest luxury vessel to ever port in the Big Apple.
WAGYU STEAK TARTARE. One of Geoffrey Zakarian’s creations from The Lambs Club. Photo courtesy of Cignal
For Feast of Colours, Zakarian has created a special menu that will include signature and brand-new dishes. He has also been busy preparing for his new diners by immersing himself in Filipino cuisine.
Kate Ocampo-Villena, Cignal’s head of Content Marketing, says that Chef Geoffrey Zakarian will be serving up well-loved Filipino food, but with his own unmistakable and inimitable touch.
“The menu will include pork adobo, crab cakes as well as maja blanca,” Kate says. “This will be the first time the food we know and love will ever be elevated to such global gustatory greatness.”
In true Iron Chef tradition, Chef Zakarian will also be doing a live kitchen demonstration. Aspiring cooks in the audience can look forward to learning a thing or two about ‘performance cooking’ that made the Iron Chef franchise so popular in the first place.
The night’s entertainment isn’t limited to all things food either.
Theater icons Isay Alvarez and Rober Seña will be serenading guests with a selection of Broadway hits. They will be accompanied by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra to match the chef-d’oeuvres that Zakarian will be serving guests.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL. Real-life couple Isay Alvarez and Robert Seña will perform for Feast of Colours' guests. Photo courtesy of Cignal
“Care has been taken to ensure that everything about the event is world class: from the food, to the venue to the entertainment,” Kate adds.
Tickets for Feast of Colours are now available. Buy your tickets online at www.ticketnet.com.ph or at any TicketNet outlets. For inquiries, please call 911-5555. — Rappler.com
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