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Forés, who was originally inspired to cook by a trip to Italy back in 1987, was awarded the prize for her work in Manila where she operate a number of Italian inspired restaurants and catering company. The chef has also recently opened a culinary institute in the Philippines where she teaches young chefs about the traditional cooking techniques of Italian cooking. She has also helped co-author a book called Kulinarya - a collection of regional dishes from the Philippines.
Speaking about the award, William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “Margarita Forés is a worthy recipient of the Asia’s Best Female Chef Award. A true leader in her country’s restaurant sector, her dedication, culinary skills and pioneering efforts have elevated the dining scene in the Philippines and set a new benchmark for other chefs and restaurateurs to follow.”