I know my limitations when it comes to international cuisine. If a client orders a particular dish and I cannot deliver, I tell them directly to look for another restaurant or hotel that can.
There was one Chinese wedding I did, wherein some of the older guests requested Chinese food composed of ingredients straight from Chinatown and cooked the “old” way. The younger guests were open to my Chinese fusion cooking. To make everyone happy, I allowed for some dishes to be ordered from a Chinese restaurant, while I took care of the fusion-style dishes. This way, I made everyone happy and did not compromise myself.
For my favorite international cuisine—French cuisine—I can make it with pride and confidence. I love the sophistication and the challenge. Preparing French cuisine entails a lot of hard work, but the result of cooking a delightfully tasteful dish is rewarding. Foie Gras Terrine is one of my favorites. Foie Gras is one of the most popular French cuisine because of its delicate and rich taste. It is truly a labor of love for me, that when I make this dish, I make sure I am the only one who will consume it. I put my name on the container and put it in the refrigerator…to be eaten a little at a time!
I have my own version of Duck Confit, which is a leg of duck with salt curing and poached in its own fat. I use local ingredients to give it a Filipino flavor.
Even if it’s an international cuisine, I add a Filipino flair.
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