Two AUT Diploma of Culinary Arts students create a seven course degustation blending Filipino and European cuisines to capture the essence of a classical cuisine.
Francis Tejada and Ashinka Gomes presented a Filipino/European seven course degustation dinner at AUT recently – a very successful event that has led to employment for them both at the Lucky Buddha in Fort Street, Auckland.
The new restaurant, which has had rave reviews, is partly-owned by a part-time AUT lecturer, Mike Choi.
The degustation was titled Salo-Salo, which is the Tagalog word for ‘gathering’. The culinary event was part of the students’ Applied Project, which aimed at creating seven modern Filipino/European dishes that together captured the flavors of a classical cuisine.
Tejada and Gomes wanted to achieve a gastronomic experience by transporting the diners to the Philippines through the flavor of the food and from all accounts that was certainly achieved – and more.