Text and photo by Embassy of Canada in the Philippines
The Test Kitchen’s Award-winning Chef Josh Boutwood whips up a course menu featuring a spread of Canadian food and wines to launch Canadian Steakhouse pop-up from March 9 to 11, 2021.
March 3, 2021- Manila, Philippines
The Embassy of Canada in the Philippines and Canada Beef collaborated with The Test Kitchen to host a socially distanced Chef’s Table Dinner featuring its very own Chef Josh Boutwood for industry partners and social media influencers.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous course menu that gave them a pan-Canadian gastronomic experience featuring Canadian beef, Pacific and Atlantic seafood, wild blueberries from the province of Prince Edward Island, and wines from one of Canada’s well-loved terroirs in Niagara region, Ontario.
Ms. Lulu LeBlanc, Senior Trade Commissioner of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, graciously welcomed guests for the evening. “Last year may have been full of challenges, but Canada’s commitment to be a stable food supplier of the Philippines has never waned. In spite of the pandemic, our agri-food exports to the Philippine market increased by 34% in 2020.” Ms. LeBlanc said.
Guests were impressed with the special six-course dinner menu curated by Chef Josh Boutwood, the award- winning Executive Chef of The Bistro Group. Chef Boutwood masterfully explained how he prepared each dish and expertly described how the Canadian wines complemented the outstanding qualities of the Canadian ingredients in every dish, whetting everyone’s appetites.
The evening was a prelude to The Test Kitchen’s Canadian Steakhouse pop-up concept from March 9 to 11, 2021, giving serious food lovers an irresistible treat with Chef Boutwood’s mouth-watering à la carte menu.
“Canada is a proud partner of The Test Kitchen and the Bistro Group in expanding the presence of Canadian food ingredients in the Philippines,” said Ms. LeBlanc. “Chef Boutwood’s culinary talent have impressed us, and we look forward to seeing more exciting dishes from Chef Boutwood with our ingredients.”
Canada is the world’s fifth agricultural producer, and has been a reliable supplier of safe and quality food products for the Philippines for more than a decade. Canada’s CAD$110 billion food and beverage processing sector and world-class stringent food safety measures guarantees quality food products from Canada.
About Canada Beef
Canada Beef is the cattle producer-funded and run organization responsible for domestic and international beef and veal market development. It has offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, and Taiwan. Canada Beef works to enable and sustain loyalty to the Canadian beef brand and build strong relationships with trade customers and partners around the world. These efforts increase demand for Canadian beef and the value producers receive for their cattle.
Pillitteri Estates Winery
Pillitteri Estates Winery is a family-owned and operated producer of premium VQA red and white wines. Pillitteri is also the world’s largest estate producer of icewine and have won over 1,000 international wine awards. In addition to being the world’s largest estate producer of Icewine and one of Canada’s most internationally acclaimed wineries, Pillitteri is always experimenting with new and unique production methods, including their innovative approach in the production of their collection of Family Reserve Appassimento wines. Pillitteri Wines may also be purchased online at www.gurkka.com through their local distributor, Global Noble International Corporation.
PEI Mussel King
PEI Mussel King is one of Canada’s largest processors of live and frozen cultivated mussels. The company, owned and operated by the Dockendorff family, has been growing and processing mussels for over 40 years. At peak season, PEI Mussel King employs more than 100 people. The operation is completely vertically integrated, ensuring stringent quality standards are followed from the farm to the marketplace and has sustainability certification from Ocean Wise. In early 2000, PEI Mussel King expanded its product line to include cooked mussels in a variety of flavoured sauces for the retail market. In 2012 the company completed a major expansion and retrofit of the plant making it the most modern processing facility in the industry. PEI Mussel King’s products are sold around the globe including Canada, United States, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East with 75% of the products being exported outside of Canada.
Jasper Wyman & Sons Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jasper Wyman & Sons Inc., a family-owned company located in Maine. The company operates in Prince Edward Island as Wyman’s of Prince Edward Island. Jasper Wyman and Son is a leader in the growing and marketing of wild blueberries. The berries, sold under the Wyman’s of Maine brand, are grown on more than 10,000 acres in Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Hightower is a purveyor of food ingredients ranging from meat, poultry, seafoods, fruits and vegetables, potato products, dairy products, baking ingredients, sauces and condiments, etc. The company caters to major hotels and restaurants, supermarkets, QSR’s and households. Hightower’s aim is to be the best loved supply partner by providing excellent service, quality and prices.
Products Offered from Canada
Canadian beef: cuts like rib eye, striploin, cheeks, chuck eye roll, short plate, top plate, short ribs Canadian Seafoods: scallops, lobsters, ark shell, sea urchin, spot shrimps, sweet shrimps
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