Chef Claude Tayag to represent PH in Embassy Chef Challenge
Capampangan chef Claude Tayag will be the Philippines’ representative to the annual Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington, D.C. which will happen on May 25 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
The country’s participation to the high profile competition is a significant step in bringing to fore the country’s cuisine before the world’s diplomatic community and present a unique opportunity to use Pinoy food to celebrate and represent the beauty of Filipino culture.
“This is the first time that the Philippines will join the Embassy Chef Challenge. It is a significant step for our culinary diplomacy, as cultural and economic objectives drive our participation. We want to celebrate our cuisine, bridge cultural differences and foster international understanding, and promote Philippine ingredients and products,” Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said.
Tayag, who operates Bale Dutung which specializes in Capampangan cuisine, with his wife Mary Ann, also co authored Linamnam: Eating One’s Way Around the Philippines which chronicles various delicacies and dishes that the country’s regions have to offer.
Aside from being a veteran of international food festivals, Tayag is also a renowned artist and food writer. In 2008, his reservations-only restaurant was featured and praised by Anthony Bourdain on his No Reservations show. (By: Angel Ong)