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17 November 2019, Paris, France – Philippine cuisine took the spotlight for a couple of hours at the prestigious arts and events venue Grand Palais, situated at the heart of Paris, when France-based Filipina cooks Jen Sunga and Elda Rocero did a Filipino cooking demonstration for the general public at the first edition of Rungis au Grand Palais: Le Festival du Bien-Manger (Rungis at the Grand Palace: The Festival of Eating Well).

To drum up support for the annual international Paris foodie event called Le Village International de la Gastronomie (International Gastronomic Village), the village organizers, Agora Expo, had decided to exhibit at the Rungis Festival and featured a Philippine cooking demonstration as one of its activity highlights.

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Paris, 17 November 2019 – Filipina cook/caterer Jen Sunga leads the cooking demonstration of the traditional Filipino dish Beef tapa and fried rice at the exhibition stand of the Village International de la Gastronomie at the Rungis au Grand Palais

The Philippine Embassy in Paris lent its support to the demonstration which was kicked-off with a cultural performance of the Filipino community organization Igorot France Association. Filipina cook and caterer Jen Sunga, with the assistance of a French interpreter, had shared her own recipe of beef tapa with fried rice, while Filipina cook Elda Rocero did a baking demo of taro puto (taro steamed rice cakes). The audience was delighted to receive tasty sampler dishes of the final products. Also distributed were samples of the Filipino chocolate brand Tabléa which had recently been exhibited in Paris’ Salon du Chocolat.

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17 November 2019, Paris – Left photo: Filipino community Igorot France Association performed traditional Igorot dances before the cooking demo. Right photo: (from R to L) Philippine Embassy representative Consul Christina Rola McKernan, Filipina cooks Elda Rocero and Jen Sunga, and Rosemarie Chazelas (organizer of PH participation in Rungis Festival)

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17 November 2019, Paris – Left photo: Filipina cooks Elda Rocero (left) and Jen Sunga (right) hold the Philippine flag in Grand Palais with French celebrity chef Cyril Rouque-Prévost and Filipina event organizer Rosemarie Chazelas. Right photo: flyer of the Philippine cooking demonstration event at Rungis au Grand Palais. Photo credits: Jen Sunga and Rosemarie Chazelas.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the International Rungis Market, organized this festival in a 15,000 sq.m.-space in the middle of the Grand Palais. Twenty-five thousand visitors had been anticipated to participate in this event that featured over a hundred prominent French chefs and exhibitors, as well as discovery workshops, demonstrations and master classes, and a selection of over 300 fresh products coming straight from the Rungis market available for sale. This festival aims at “celebrating the French culinary know how and art de vivre”. (Source: https://www.sortiraparis.com/news/in-paris/articles/195014-rungis-market-comes-to-paris-grand-palais-promo-code-and-pictures/lang/en).

Jen Sunga expressed her pleasure of having been given another good opportunity to introduce Filipino flavors to France and that she has been inspired to continue promoting Philippine cuisine for all Filipinos out there. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END.