“Chefsgiving” gives Filipino chefs a chance to come together for meals with a cause

SAN FRANCISCO — The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” often comes with a negative connotation, but not this time.

14 Filipino chefs recently came together to prepare a special multi-course Filipino dinner experience in San Francisco.

“The one thing about Filipino chefs is that we’ve all gotten together here, and there and this is kind of the first big-time event where we could together,” said Chef Dominic Ainza. “And that’s all we’ve been waiting for to come together, cook in the kitchen, and have some fun.”

“Chefsgiving” was the title of the evening presented by the Kusinero Alliance SF Bay Area.

“We all paired up with different people and we’re all each cooking a dish. So each dish is cooked by a group of two people.”

Some of the dishes include a yellowfin tuna with taro chips and chicharron.

Another was the turkey embutido scotch egg, with black garlic mushroom smear and cranberry compote, and duck al’mansi with roasted vegetable hash and heirloom rice.

The evening was another opportunity for these Filipino chefs to showcase their talents.

“Growing up we never really understood how important Filipino food was or how little people knew about Filipino food so this is a way for us to share our cuisine with a number of people,” said James Brillantes.

And in keeping with the “Chefsgiving” theme and with Thanksgiving just days away.

Proceeds from the $100 dining experience went to an “Undocufund” — a non-profit organization aimed to helping undocumented immigrants, who were affected by the recent North Bay wildfires.

“I’m glad that it’s going to something that hits home because of the recent North Bay Sonoma fires and I know Filipinos who live there, and they’re affected,” said Chef Yana Gilbuena.

According to organizers, future collaboration dinners are being planned while they also hope to make “Chefsgiving” an annual event.


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