Sunday, April 30, 2023

Student Chefs Collaborate with World Renowned Chef Donovan Cooke for Amah Restaurant's 14-course Dinner

Last  April 22 and 23, 2023, Chef Jose Villareal of Amah Restaurant in Taguig City led his team of fellow student chefs in a dream collaboration with Chef Donovan Cooke from Melbourne, Australia.  

The 2-night dinner event featured 14 specially-curated gourmet courses from Chef Donovan’s menu,  prepared by Chef Jose and his Amah team, under the supervision of Chef Donovan himself. Highlighting the intimate and private ambiance of the restaurant, as well as ensuring proper service of the exclusive menu, the dinner was served in two covers following pre-event cocktails for each night. 

The first cover was from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and the second cover was from 9:00pm until 12 midnight. 

 “This was such an honor for Amah and a great treat for our clientele,” Chef Jose shares. “We are so excited to have this opportunity to actually work in the same kitchen as Chef Donovan and to have him guide us as we prepare dishes he developed. It’s definitely going to be a major milestone for all of us at Amah. And our guests for those two nights will be so lucky for the experience that’s in store.”  

Chef Donovan Cooke was just as excited about the dinner event. “These young chefs are very dedicated and passionate about their craft. They could have taken it easy during the pandemic and found an excuse to just lay around and rest like many of us did during the lockdowns. But they forged ahead because they’re all determined to continue learning and honing their talents. It’s my privilege to be one of their mentors, to encourage them as they make their marks in the business.”

Amah Restaurant first opened its doors to the public in 2021 but is already quickly becoming popular among foodies and food vloggers due to its delicious and unique homestyle Filipino-Chinese dishes. The young chefs make it a point to use local ingredients and put their own unique twists on heirloom recipes. The venue itself is a hidden gem within Taguig City, begging for repeat visits because guests are treated to a magnificent view of the Makati and BGC cityscapes. Sunsets are definitely amazing on the upper roof deck, making it a favorite for engagement proposals, anniversaries, and other special occasions.   Seats were sold-out for the 14-course collaborative dinners last April 22 and 23, hope they can host this kind of event again.  

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