When In Manila, and its time to give back to the women who have made a big difference in our lives, only one place comes into mind – Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Not only do I love shooting weddings there, it definitely is place to bask in beauty and elegance with family & loved ones on special days. Sofitel Philippine Plaza will pay tribute to Moms this Mother’s Day, 12th of May, 2013 with a fabulous fashion show featuring top celebrity mothers as well as Spiral’s Master Chefs paying homage to their mothers’ cooking. The Chefs will be featuring their personal favorites of their mothers’ signature dishes.
A special fashion show featuring the summer holiday collection of Pia Gladys Perey fresh from the L.A. Fashion week and international Formula racer driver and designer Mark Bumgarner will highlight celebrity mother-daughters and sons namely actress Rhian Ramos and Mom Lay Ramos, Tacloban Councillor Crtistina Gonzales – Romualdes, actress Giselle Toengi – Walters and daughter Sakura, model and journalist Georgia Schulze Del Rosario and daughters, actress Gwen Zamora and Mom Therese Agnese, beauty queen Patty Betita and son Emilio Ejercito, Patricia Hizon.
A taste of delicious things to come in May was presented last week at La Veranda Spiral.
Executive Chef Eric Costille is presenting his Mom Claudine’s best dish a fusion of French and Italian cooking. “Rabbit cocotte with rosemary and olives, gratinated parmesan polenta”. He explains. “…Rabbit is almost as popular as chicken in Italy and France. My Mom serves it with polenta and I have fond memories of her cooking it for us during our family reunion on Sundays”. Have you tried rabbit already? I haven’t yet, but I’d definitely do it here at Spiral.
Chef de Cuisine – Western Anne Cecile Degenne, will prepare her mother’s version of “Paella”, a traditional rice dish from Spain. Having been raised in Bordeaux, neat the Spanish border, she used to spend her summer holidays in Spain where many of her mother’s family lived. To relive their fond memories of the country, her Mom cooks Paella when she misses Spain. Chef Cecile says “She taught me all the secrets in making a good paella at our outdoor kitchen during the summer. It is the same paella that I’m making now in Spiral”. To all Paella fans out there, this is one authentic dish to try out.
Executive Chinese Chef Mok Chee Wah is presenting his mother’s signature dish “slow cooked chicken with Chinese herbs wrapped in lotus leaf” which is part of her family’s tradition growing up in Guangdong. Chef Mok says, “As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, I would like to thank my Mom, San-Ahnooi, for her kind and caring heart. Every time I’m sad my mother would cook her signature dish, also one of my favourite dishes to cheer me up.” Chef Mok explains that his Mom believes that Chinese herbs are good for growing children since it is healthy. This dish is special because it takes 3 to 4 hours to make. Who’s getting hungry?