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What Dishes Do You Serve To Asia's Best Female Chefs?
Four of Manila's best chefs give tribute to veteran chefs in an intimate eight hands dinner co-hosted by Town&Country Philippines and Focus Global.
IMAGE Magic Liwanag
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What's the best way to applaud the achievements of four stellar chefs in one gathering? Ask them to leave their chef's aprons in the kitchen and enjoy a special meal prepared by those who are poised to follow in their footsteps.

Asia’s Best Female Chef awardees Margarita Fores, Vicky Lau, Bo Songvisava, and Lanshu Chen (represented by chefs from her restaurant Le Mout), who will be collaborating for the first time in an effort to raise funds for UNICEF, were given a welcome tribute dinner hosted by Town&Country Philippines and Focus Global, the home of premium furnishing brands such as Ethan Allen, B&B Italia, Sub Zero, Miele, and Siematic in the Philippines.

For the evening's four-course dinner, chefs Karla Mendoza, Tippi Tambunting, Happy Ongpauco Tiu, and Sunshine Puey whipped up a superb menu titled Memories of My Childhood. The night's four honorees, Asia's Best Female Chefs, will do the same at the UNICEF Children's Ball on March 4. They are set to present dishes inspired by their childhood. Margarita Fores will cook dishes inspired by her "upbringing in a food-loving, Ilonggo or Negrense household, full of sweetness" while Vicky Lau, Lanshu Chen, and Bo Songvisava will reinvent flavors and meals from their local cuisine.

Other guests included Summit Media president Lisa Gokongwei Cheng and Town&Country March cover subject Carmen Jimenez Ong.


Appetizers served at the Ethan Allen showroom


Colorful plates for the appetizers


The Ethan Allen showroom where the pre-dinner mixer was held


Cynthia Almario, Vicky Lau, Margarita Fores, and Loli Sy


Ramon Antonio and Kai Lim


Maiki Oreta, Marielle Po, Happy Ongpauco, Sunshine Puey, Bella Yuchengco, Beth Romualdez


Eric Paras


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Keena Vasquez and Marga Vasquez


Chris Yam Daez, Vicky Lau, and Marielle Po


Eric Paras, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Ed Calma, Gil Coscolluela, and Anthony Nazareno


Candy Go and Happy Ongpauco


The table setting


Colorful details livened up the table setting.


Other tables had candles with hurricane glass.


Loli Sy


Asia's Best Female Chefs Margarita Fores, Bo Songvisava, and Vicky Lau


Karla Mendoza, Happy Ongpauco, Sunshine Puey, and Tippi Tambunting


The first course: tuna crudo with avocado, cucumber, and preserved lemon by Karla Mendoza


Mushroom cannelloni with garlic bread prepared by Tippi Tambunting


Happy Ongpauco's sous vide short ribs in caldereta demi glaze


Sunshine Puey reinvents breakfast into a macaron cereal dessert with raspberry gel and coffee milk


Ramon Antonio and Grace Baja


Vicky Lau and Nicole Ortega


Joey Suarez and Edna Belleza


Milo Vasquez, Keena Vasquez, Marga Vasquez, and Jhoanna Villanueva


Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Country Head 


Stephen Sy


Dino Mañosa and Anthony Nazareno


Mago Oben, Sunshine Puey, and Maiki Oreta

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