It seems like the odds are ever in our favor. After Pia Wurtzbach's Miss Universe win, comes chef and restaurateur Margarita Forés' recognition as Asia’s Best Female Chef by The World’s Best 50:
"Congratulations go to Margarita Forés who has just been named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016! Born in the Philippines, Forés moved to Italy to immerse herself in the language and cuisine before returning to her homeland and building a culinary empire. A vanguard of the farm-to-table movement for a decade, she passionately champions top locally sourced organic produce from small, provincial farmers." - wrote at @theworlds50best on Instagram yesterday
Margarita “Gaita” Forés is famous for her Italian cuisine fused with Filipino sensibilities. She is the genius behind these concept dining establishments:
Cibo. Cibo literally means "food" in Italian. Although Chef Gaita did not have a culinary arts degree, she's always had a special love for food and considers herself an "Italian in the past life," as she notes on her Instagram bio. Cibo remains to be top of mind when it comes to authentic Italian dishes even after 18 years, and despite the ever expanding food industry—proof that it's excellent food and service has captured the hearts of many Filipinos.
Lusso. Its classy and luxurious ambiance really lives up to the meaning of the Italian word lusso—"luxe". Lusso brings top quality Italian dishes at an affordable price that is within the means of Filipino diners. It is well-known for its foie gras burgers and lamb dishes that please the discerning palates of Italian and non-Italian cuisine lovers alike.
Grace Park. From the menu to the interiors, Chef Gaita made sure that everything is in line with Grace Park's philosophy of farmhouse cooking with love and grace. Through the restaurant's farm-to-table mantra, she shows her support for local farmers as she always makes sure that the ingredients are handmade and organic straight from these artisans.
More than just passion for good food, Chef Gaita has made it her mission to bring Filipinos a taste of the world's best through her notable dishes that make every dining experience truly remarkable.
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Photograph from casartusiphilippines.com, edited by Jana Jimenez (banner)