Celebrity Filipino chef Luis Rey ‘Nino’ Logarta enthralled the audience at the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) 2018 in Doha on Friday with his live demonstration of two seafood-themed Filipino recipes. Logarta is among the 14 internationally-renowned chefs who have been invited by Qatar Tourism Authority to share their “secret ingredients and techniques” at the QIFF Cooking Theatre.
The live cooking demonstration is one of the highlights of the 11-day culinary event, which will run until March 25 at the Hotel Park. “I chose to do the ‘aligue’ rice with a lot of lump crab meat and a lot of vegetables to add colour and texture. I also prepared a dried squid floss to top that off,” he said.
“Filipino food is very simple, easy flavours, very straightforward,” Logarta stressed. “All our recipes don’t go over 10 ingredients, which are very easy to source.”
The QIFF 2018 features cultural performances throughout the 11-day culinary event at the Hotel Park.
The Filipino chef was preceded by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s presentation on stage, featuring the art of preparing tuna sushi and sashimi. About Logarta’s participation at QIFF, he lauded the event saying he was impressed with the organisation, the set up and “everything happening here.”
QIFF, dubbed as the country’s longest-running food festival, presents a bigger celebration of Qatar’s cultural diversity and home-grown talent this year through a rich mix of culinary delights and entertainment.
The festival brings culinary and cultural experiences from all corners of the globe to Qatar’s residents and visitors. “I am really proud of representing the Philippines and the embassy told me I am the first Filipino to be part of the presentation and I am very proud of that,” Logarta said.
A large number of festival-goers enjoying the food and the ambience.
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