CELEBRITY chef Sau Del Rosario has just launched his first cookbook, 20 Years of Love + Cooking, and it’s now available in National Bookstore and Fully Booked outlets nationwide.
Launched via a grand cocktail party at Epicurious, Shangri-La Plaza, by AKME Publishing Group Corporation in partnership with the Center for Culinary Arts Manila (CCA), the book features awesome recipes inspired by Chef Sau’s travels around the world. The recipes tell the story of his journey and struggles through the years, as he climbed up the culinary ladder. These include heirloom dishes from his hometown Pampanga, his travels and stints in Europe and then Asia, and his journey back home to the Philippines. The book also features testimonies of people whom he has worked with or grown with in the culinary industry, his family, his friends and colleagues, celebrities and personalities, and international and local chefs who have met him.
Ask Chef Sau and he’ll tell you that the book was practically 20 years in the making.
So, when 20 Years of Love + Cooking was finally launched, the who’s who in the local culinary world turned out to celebrate the joyous occasion with the talented and amiable chef despite the fact that a lot of events were happening simultaneously all over the metro on that day.
Hosted by event maven Ferdie Salvador, CCA’s Chef Melissa Sison-Oreta and celebrity host Issa Litton, the launch saw short, witty anecdotes and messages delivered by PR expert and Chef Sau’s neighbor Junie Del Mundo, Enderun Colleges culinary head Chef See Cheong Yan, publicist Gwen Cariño, culinary expert and Chef Sau’s partner in food festivals Edith Singian, and AKME president Kim Cuizon.
Keeping the guests happily fed were CCA students, headed by Chef Tristan Encarnacion, who prepared some of the dishes the cookbook, including Hainanese Chicken with Tinola Paella, Brazo de Mais, Durian Panna Cotta, Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Leg of Lamb, Soba with Soft Tofu and Sesame Sauce, Tamales, Salt Crusted Snapper, Malaysian Laksa and Chicken Galantina Roulade. Also providing food and drinks were event sponsors Good Life Noodles, Bounty Fresh Chicken, Philips, Beringer Wines and ESV Meats.
As guests enjoyed the food, Chef Sau joined celebrity friends, Chef Heny Sison and Pampanga’s culinary historian Atching Lillian Borromeo, in a cooking demonstration. Together, they prepared Brazo de Mais, whose recipe can also be found in the cookbook.
Chef Sau ended the launch with an autograph signing.
Chef Sau is slated to go on a nationwide book tour and book signing, which started this May and ends in October this year. Cooking demos will form part of the book promotion in the metro’s major food expos in the coming months as well as in culinary schools and residential villages in the city.
Chef Sau del Rosario’s 20 Years of Love + Cooking is available in National Book Store and Fully Booked outlets in Metro Manila.