MANILA – A Malaysian celebrity chef has been quoted by a news website as saying that the Philippines has the worst cuisine in Asia.
Chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, more popularly known as Chef Wan, reportedly made the statement after the Philippines ranked second in a CNN poll on the world’s best culinary destinations.
Saying that the Philippines should have been at the bottom of the list, Chef Wan said in an interview on the website of the Malaysian 24-hour news channel Astro Awani: “Philippines is known to have the worst food in Asia, ask any chefs and they will tell you I am right.”
He further criticized the results of the poll, saying that Malaysia – which landed in sixth place – should have ranked higher in the list dominated by Taiwan.
“My top five choices in terms of variety should be: number one Malaysia, followed by Italy, Thailand, Japan and India,” Chef Wan said.
“I see food as varieties and flavors that reflect the culture and food, and that is why Malaysia should be the first world’s best food destination,” he added.