Ilonggo heritage cuisine to take center stage in Sabores de Visayas 3

Chef Rafael Jardeleza, an Ilonggo heritage cuisine advocate, said a wide range of Filipino-Spanish dishes will be served at the gala dinner, Nelly Garden, Jaro district, Iloilo City, May 26.
Chef Rafael Jardeleza, an Ilonggo heritage cuisine advocate, said a wide range of Filipino-Spanish dishes will be served at the gala dinner, Nelly Garden, Jaro district, Iloilo City, May 26.

The third staging of Sabores de Visayas (Flavors of Visayas) will again highlight Ilonggo heritage cuisine.

Chef Rafael Jardeleza, an Ilonggo heritage cuisine advocate, said a wide range of Filipino-Spanish dishes will be served at the gala dinner, Nelly Garden, Jaro district, Iloilo City, May 26.

“It’s going to be heritage cuisine naton like Conchinillo, Paella, Lengua, and Callos, among others. May appetizer, may dessert, may local coffee, and may ice cream.”

The savories will be prepared by Jardeleza himself together with Margarita Fores, Asia’s Best Female Chef from Bago City, and guest chef Josh Boutwood.

“Margarita is a Filipino heritage cuisine advocate. Ako Ilonggo heritage cuisine advocate. Josh is a chef who grew up in Boracay. So kinahanglan may Ilonggo background ka to be able to understand Ilonggo cuisine. Hindi ni siya bisan sin-o lang nga chef. Ilonggo ini siya that’s why this is called Sabores de Visayas,” Jardeleza said.

Sabores de Visayas 3 is in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT-6). It is supported by Rafael’s la Cocina del Sur.

The event is Western Visayas’ version of the DOT’s Flavors of the Philippines.

Jardeleza said the main dish for the event is something that guests should look forward to.

“In 2016, we served La Paz Batchoy Ice Cream. In 2017, we served Cafe Barako O’ram with Candied Kamias. This year, abangan.” IMT