Pork ‘lechon’ with onion gravy and apple puree–Cebu welcomes its culinary star
THE PIG & Palm, Jason Atherton’s first restaurant in the Philippines, opened recently with the requisite fanfare often accorded a Michelin-star chef.
The casual-chic modern tapas bar is the critically acclaimed British chef’s debut in his wife Irha’s birthplace, Cebu—his “love letter” to her, he said—and joins his 15 other restaurants in the world, three of which have a Michelin star. It’s the latest addition to Cebu’s burgeoning food scene.
But even as his global renown is closely tied to those stars from the venerable restaurant guidebook, Atherton, 44, was quick to downplay them as his motivation for opening restaurants—at least four outlets in 2016 alone, two in London right amid the Brexit, under his dining empire called The Social Company.
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