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A Mother’s Day treat at Sofitel Manila

Chef Eric Costille with his mother's signature dish
Chef Eric Costille with his mother’s signature dish

We all love our mothers and for this Mother’s Day on 12 May 2013, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, the only French luxury 5 star hotel in the country has a special offer for our mothers: a special culinary event and a beautiful fashion show by two of the country’s promising designers.

Remember what we miss when we’re far away from home? It’s our mother’s home cooked meals done with lots of love and care. This Mother’s Day, Spiral’s master chefs will pay homage to their mother’s cooking by preparing their dear mother’s signature dishes.

Executive Chinese Chef Mok Chee Wah: slow cooked chicken with Chinese herbs wrapped in lotus leaf
Executive Chinese Chef Mok Chee Wah: slow cooked chicken with Chinese herbs wrapped in lotus leaf
Think of Executive Chef Eric Costille who 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, “My ancestors came from Italy and migrated to France early 1900s. My mom was born in France but at home, the food was Italian. 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.

Egg Biryani, Indian Chef Halim Ali Khan’s childhood’s favourite dish. Biryani is a typical rice dish from India and most of the varieties come from Hyddrabad where he comes from. Chef Halim relates, “As per the tradition of a Muslim family, my mother, Habetun, always emphasized on the food prepared on special occasions like Eid, Ramadan, weddings etc. and for our family she used to cook this regularly on weekends especially on my school holidays. She makes this dish unique by her masterful use of garam masala with basmati rice, egg and ghee which also makes it very nutritious and flavourful rather than heavy or rich. I have fond memories of my Mom preparing this for our extended family gatherings.”

Chef de Partie/Filipino Chef Jojo Babierra will prepare goat caldereta, his comfort food during his childhood while Master Chocolatier, Chef Tweet Obsequio, whips up Jasmin praline which is a dark chocolate infused with jasmine tea. 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 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, near the Spanish border, she used to spend all her summer holidays in Spain where many of her mother’s familly 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.”

Japanese Chef Hiroaki Yamaguchi is preparing “Nikujaga” a Japanese beef stew considered by the Japanese as comfort food.

Mark Bumgarner
Mark Bumgarner
Mothers will also be treated to a fashion show with celebrity moms, daughters and sons namely actress Rhian Ramos and Mom Lay Ramos, Tacloban councillor Cristina Gonzales – Romualdez, actress Giselle Toengi – Walters and daughter Sakura, model and beauty queen Maggie Wilson – Consunji, 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 Bermudez – Hizon.

They will be wearing summer holiday creations by Pia Gladys Perey and Mark Bumgarner.

The Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12., 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm is at Php3,250++ for adults including free flowing champagne and mojitos (12:00 noon – 2:00pm) and for children 5 years old to 11 years old at Php 1,600++, kids 4 years and below free.

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