Filipino cuisine to be featured in San Diego film fest
A documentary about the emergence of Filipino cuisine will have its premier in San Diego as part of the eighth annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) Spring Showcase on Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24.
The documentary follows the rise of the Filipino food movement via the chefs crossing over to the center of the American table.
The film includes interviews with Los Angeles’ Alvin Cailan (Egglsut, Unit 120, Amboy); spouses Johneric Concordia and Christine Araquel-Concordia (The Park’s Finest); Andre Guerrero (The Oinkster, Maximiliano, The Little Bear, Ramen Room); Charles Olalia (Rice Bar); siblings Chase and Chad Valencia (Lasa); New York’s Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad (Maharlika, Jeepney); and spouses Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa (Purple Yam).
In an interview with the San Diego Union Tribune some local participants shared why they think Filipino cuisine is finally having its moment.
Marlaw Seraspi, executive chef in Open House Asian kitchen attributed it to chef entrepreneurs and social media.
“Talented chefs from the Philippines and all over the world are being discovered for their work in elevating the cuisine and keeping the flavors authentic. The Filipino culture and cuisine is unique and the flavor combinations are still fresh. It’s a very exciting time to be a Filipino chef, like myself,” Seraspi said.
For his part, DJ Tangalin, Executive chef at Bivouac Ciderworks, said it could be the strong family ties and nostalgia.
“The kids that grew up here are now finding themselves inspired to create a connection with their homeland’s food. When you grow up in another country, one of the links you have with your parents and grandparents is food. The memories of the food of our parents and grandparents are then passed down through us to share with our children and our friends,” he said.
15 local Filipino-American culinary talents will come together to cook a kamayan-style feast for 300 diners at the San Diego Natural History Museum after the screening and Q&A with filmmakers on April 23.