Pinay named Asia's Best Female Chef 2016


Posted at Jan 12 2016 05:50 PM

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Margarita Fores is Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2016, according to the group behind Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Photo from

MANILA – Filipino restaurateur Margarita Fores of Cibo fame has been named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016 as part of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.

Fores was chosen best female chef in Asia by a group of 300 experts in the service industry.

She will receive her award at this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants event in Bangkok, Thailand on February 29.

An offshoot of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is a list published by William Reed Business Media, which has offices in the United Kingdom, United States, France and Singapore.

The first part of her profile as Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2016 read: “Mention cooking in the Philippines and it won’t be long before Margarita Fores pops up in conversation, such is her fame throughout households across the islands. Ever since she packed her bags and flew to Italy for a crash course in cooking and language, the hugely popular chef has impressed local and international diners with her primarily Italian cuisine, despite never undergoing any formal training.”

“Her new title of Asia’s Best Female Chef is a fitting and well-earned recognition of her vast array of achievements in the Philippines and beyond.”

Aside from Cibo, Fores is also known for her other restaurants Lusso and Grace Park, her catering company Cibo di M, and Alta, the restaurant at Ascott serviced residences in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Last year, Fores was selected to prepare a modern Filipino meal at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation welcome dinner, along with Via Mare founder Glenda Barretto.