How can I not *love* seafood? There are 7,107 islands in the Philippines.
I lived by the beach. The area was known to be the Center of the World’s Marine Biodiversity. And I loved swimming in the open water around the island with my crew before studying in Japan (whose food I adored).
Some of the best food experiences I’ve had is from growing up in the beaches of Boracay and the seaside neighborhood of Roxas Blvd in Manila. From delicious Cantonese Seafood dishes from the world’s oldest Chinatown (outside of China) to grilled dampaan Pilipino BBQ, these are the anchors of my culinary approach.
Executive Chef Taylor Virina, Woodlands Waterway in integrating Chinese-Filipino influences to his professional training in Japan and Houston.