Tokyo's top chefs hold charity dinner for Yolanda survivors

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2014 11:17 AM | Updated as of Feb 27 2014 07:17 PM

The Ryori Volunteer no Kai (Food Volunteer Group), a non-profit association of top chefs in Tokyo, Japan organized the charity dinner "Pray for the Philippines" at the prestigious Imperial Hotel in Tokyo last Monday.

MANILA - Eighty head chefs and assistant chefs prepared a buffet feast for over 500 guests in a charity dinner event for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines.

The Ryori Volunteer no Kai (Food Volunteer Group), a non-profit association of top chefs in Tokyo, Japan organized the charity dinner "Pray for the Philippines" at the prestigious Imperial Hotel in Tokyo last Monday, February 24.

The top chefs were from eleven 5-star hotels and top restaurants and patisseries in Tokyo. They prepared sumptuous Japanese, French and Asian dishes. Filipino dishes like "kaldereta" and "lumpia" were also part of the menu, while some chefs incorporated Philippine touches through the use of Philippine flavoring or fruits.

The charity dinner started with a minute of silence in memory of those who perished in the super typhoon.

Chef Katsuhiro Nakamura, representative of the Ryori Volunteer no Kai, thanked the 80 chefs who participated in the charity dinner. He said all the chefs wanted to support Haiyan victims through what they do best.

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez conveyed the heartfelt appreciation of the Filipinos to Chef Nakamura and the rest of the chefs for their humanitarian project.

Lopez also invited the guests to continue praying for the Philippines as the country rebuilds the devastated areas.

Proceeds from the charity dinner will be donated to the Philippine government through the Philippine embassy in Tokyo.

The Ryori Volunteer no Kai was established after the Niigata earthquake of October 2004 to bring cheer to disaster victims through delicious food. The chefs go to various disaster-affected areas to serve their specialties and conduct cooking classes, providing much-needed moral support to those affected by calamities. The group also organized a number of charity luncheons and dinners in Tokyo after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake for the benefit of earthquake victims.