Street food, super food, craft beer - the world of eating and drinking is as dynamic as never before. Nothing connects people from different backgrounds as much as a pleasurable meal. With this in mind, the Goethe Institutes of Southeast Asia are bringing the countries of the region together around the table. Throughout November 2018, the project Wanderlust Küche - A Culinary Dialogue will unite Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand under the motto "Tafeln ohne Grenzen" (Tables without Borders). For this particular part of the project, a professional German cook joins forces with a master chef from a partner country. Together they create an international menu for a select number of guests. The project also features numerous other events centering on the topic of culinary art and tradition.
Manila had its fair share of food-related activities lined up last November 2018 -- Goethe-Institut's de facto culinary month in the region -- starting with an exhibition on German food and cookbooks to the culminating German-Filipino fusion dinner prepared by chefs Kalel Chan of M Café and Steffen Burkhardt of the collective Werteköche.
Kalel ChanGerman chef Steffen Burkhardt of the chef collective Werteköche teamed up with renowned chef Kalel Chan of M Café in a one-of-a-kind dinner meant to highlight German-Filipino collaboration.
Steffen Burkhardt“The Magic Hour” – as it is coined – is an elaborate five-course dinner prepared by the two chefs. It feature elements of both Filipino and German cuisines and is the result of months’ long preparation and planning. The chefs were present on the event where they spoke to the guests about their collaborative process and their experiences with each other’s cuisines.
The Magic Hour is part of a region-wide project organized by the Goethe-Institut in partnership with the Werteköche group. Aside from Steffen Burkhardt, other German chefs did similar events in Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Wellington and Sydney.
The event took place last November 29, 2018 at Terraz Meetings & Bistro in Makati with around 60 guests in attendance.