FATHER’S Day, which falls on June 21 this year, becomes extra special at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila with celebrity chefs Ariel Manuel and Sandy Daza. As guest chefs for this special occasion, the two chefs share their heirloom recipes as well as special dishes they have picked up from their travels.
Multi-awarded Chef Ariel Manuel, who made the former Lolo Dad’s Café one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the metro, is an innovative chef who loves to experiment with combinations of ingredients and always comes up with winners. An architect-turned-chef, he has won in local culinary competitions, including the Gold Medal in Chefs on Parade 2011 and 2012. He has also headed Philippine teams to international culinary competitions, serving as team captain for Les Toques Blanches Philippines’ Culinary Team. Under his leadership, the team won the Highest Silver for the Gourmet Buffet Challenge Category in the 2009 Hong Kong International Culinary Classics as well as the Best of the Best Award/Highest Gold in 2007. Other awards his team won in international competitions include the Silver Medal in the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge held in Dubai, U.A.E., in 2008 and in Gold Coast, Australia, in 2005; and the top prize in the Plated Appetizer Category of Food and Hotel Asia held in Singapore in 2008.
For his Father’s Day dishes, Chef Ariel takes inspiration from his annual trips to culinary treasure troves such as France, Italy and Spain in preparing Roasted Quail with Maple, Beef Salpicao with Mustard and Stewed Lamb Leg with Dried Mangoes for Sofitel’s Spiral on Father’s Day.
Chef Sandy Daza, host of the food and travel show on Lifestyle Network called Food Prints with Sandy Daza, takes Spiral diners on an epicurean voyage with his Leyte Humba, Chicken in Coconut Milk, Hoisin Chicken with Chinese Sausage, Beef Burgundy and Smoked Fish and Tofu Balls. His overseas culinary immersion in France’s Le Cordon Bleu, American College in Paris, Cornell University in Ithaca USA and Mandarin Cooking School in Bangkok, Thailand, has added new dimensions of flavors in his creations.
Son of the late culinary icon Nora Daza, Chef Sandy is also a food columnist for a major daily and a restaurateur, whose Wooden Spoon is so sought-after that diners have to sometimes queue up for a table.
Together, Chef Ariel Manuel and Chef Sandy Daza’s dishes serve as the highlight of the Father’s Day celebration at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s Spiral on June 21, 2015, for Sunday Brunch, priced atPhp3,650+++ per adult and Php1,600+++ per child; and/or for Dinner at Php2,650+++ per adult and Php1,450+++ per child.
For inquiries and reservations, call 551-5555 local 6988.
(Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is located at the CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.)