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Solaire flies in Michelin Star chefs for dining series—a first in PH

10th year celebration features big names in gastronomy, wine and spirits March 16-19

Michelin Star Chef Tohru Nakamura (left); Michelin Star Chef Enrico Bartolini

To celebrate its 10th year as the leading integrated resort in the Philippines, Solaire Resort Entertainment City  will hold a star-studded culinary and beverage event series that will set records in Philippine gastronomy. From March 16 to 19, 2023, diners can experience Michelin Star excellence, an unforgettable experience enhanced by the expertise of world renowned spirits and wine experts.

The first event of its kind, the gastronomic adventure will be held in five of Solaire’s signature restaurants, each presenting a Michelin Star chef doing a curated list of specialties. The spirits and beverage experts will do bespoke concoctions and offer exceptional wines.

“To mark Solaire’s 10 years, we wanted to do something bigger and more ambitious than what we have done in the past. As we close the last decade and enter a new one, it’s only fitting that we commemorate the celebration by giving our guests an irresistible experience that no other property or restaurant in the country has ever done before,“ says Bastian Breuer, vice president for Food and Beverage. “This marks the beginning of more trailblazing events for Food and Beverage at Solaire.”

Culinary legend Enrico Bartolini is the most highly decorated Italian Michelin Star chef. His flagship address, Milan, is home to his namesake restaurant located in MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures, and is where the cuisine and style for each of his restaurants are crafted. At Finestra Italian Steakhouse, he will do a seven-course dinner highlighting his philosophy “Contemporary Classics”. With Bartolini, award-winning bar expert Salvatore Calabrese known as “The Maestro” will create Cocktails with the Maestro featuring his modern cocktail classics that have become iconic. Joining him is the first and only Filipino certified Master Sommelier, Luis de Santos. De Santos’ concoctions have gained global popularity, including the renowned Breakfast Martini. He now does consultancy services for a range of brands and enterprises from his regular location The Donovan Bar in the Brown’s Hotel in London.

East meets West at Yakumi as another Michelin Star chef creates an eight-course dinner. With roots in Japan and Germany, Tohru Nakamura, the man behind the 2-Michelin Star restaurant Schreiberei in Munich, will show his distinct style of marrying European culinary hallmarks with purposeful Japanese principles. His dishes are bright, unique, even whimsical both aesthetically and palate-wise. To bring out the deeper flavors of Tohru’s menu, Sake Samurai Akihiro Igarashi will curate complementary sake variants from the Kagamiyama Sake Brewery whose heritage dates back to 1875.

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Michelin Star Chef Alvin Leung

At Red Lantern, famed Demon Chef Alvin Leung will bring the innovative food engineering that garnered him his Michelin Star. Known for his 2-Michelin Star restaurant Bo Innovation and “X-Treme Chinese” style of cooking, Leung pushes the boundaries of Chinese fare through his bold and unconventional dish concepts while highlighting fusion cuisine and his flair for molecular engineering. To complement Leung’s  innovations, Master Sommelier Elyse Lambert prepares a highly select list of wines for a fuller, entrancing dining experience.

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Michelin Star Chef Rene Frank

Renowned chef Rene Frank and owner of 2-Michelin Star dessert restaurant CODA in Berlin will showcase dishes inspired by desserts at Oasis Garden Cafe. The World’s Best Pastry Chef of 2022 lives by a philosophy anchored on innovation and progressive experimentation, revealing a different side to desserts—that it is more than just the final course and can be a meal on its own. He redefines what dessert means by blending classic techniques while at the same time deconstructing methods that end with a more forward interpretation of what it is and should be. His creative masterpieces forgo refined sugars and focus on natural sweetness by using high-quality, sustainable, and organic products that keep the integrity of his visions. He bridges and blends the unique flavors of each ingredient into works that are enigmatic and unconventional. He creates beverages that mine the potentials of handcrafted liquids, such as kefir and kombucha, to complement and bring out the unusual flavors, exciting textures, and exhilarating aromas of his dishes—all pleasantly sweet with a hint of umami, and never sugary.

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Michelin Star Chef Rui Silvestre

At Waterside, Portugal native Rui Silvestre will make diners relish his French techniques and preference for unconventional tastes. At his Michelin Star restaurant, Vistas, the dishes are known for their richness that evokes the senses. He keeps the authenticity of flavors, combining the finest local ingredients with his way of cooking to produce a gastronomic celebration unique to Portugal. Enhancing his dishes is a hand-picked wine collection by Eanglebert Guina, one of the Philippines’ Best Sommeliers who represented the country in the 2018 World Best Sommelier competition.

More notable names  join the celebration. Dalmore’s Master Distiller Gregg Glass and Whisky Expert and author of The Whisky Bible, Jim Murray will share the art surrounding the distilled spirit. To be featured are international bar masters Antonio Lai, Hong Kong’s number 1 mixologist, and Edriane Lim of The Bar at 15 Stamford. Girl power reigns supreme in the gastronomic series with Remy Martin and Remy Cointreau Brand Ambassador Kate Osmillo and Bleeding Heart and Don Papa Brand Ambassador Audrey Gustilo. Gerald Damasco, one of the country’s best sommeliers and representative to The Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018.

“Our mission has always been to give our guests the most unforgettable experiences in every way possible. Over the last decade, we’ve hosted events that were the first in the country and in the industry. For our 10th year, we’re pulling all the stops to present the biggest gathering of stars in the Philippine culinary scene with 5 Michelin Star chefs creating their creative geniuses for the local gourmets here at Solaire,” says Michael Dinges, Solaire vice president for Culinary, “This is only the start of more exciting and unprecedented events to come.”

Don’t miss the culinary phenomenon of the year at Solaire’s 10th Anniversary celebration. For details and more information, you may email: [email protected]. Follow Solaire’s social media channels on Facebook/SolaireResort, Instagram/solaireresort, and Twitter @solairesort for more updates.

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