PH cuisine ‘worst in Asia’ says Malaysian celebrity chef

By , on June 23, 2015


Pinoy Food. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism via Wiki Commons.
Pinoy Food. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism via Wiki Commons.

MANILA — The Philippines was recently hailed as the second best culinary destination in the world according to a CNN poll, but one Malaysian celebrity chef thinks Pinoy food is the “worst in Asia.”

In an interview for Malaysian channel Astro Awani, Chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail — also known as Chef Wan — said, “Philippines is known to have the worst food in Asia, ask any chefs (sic) and they will tell you I am right.”

Malaysian food was in sixth place in the said CNN poll, and Chef Wan believes it should be number one.

“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 said in the same interview.

Chef Wan gave his top 5 food destinations as (in order) — Malaysia, Italy, Thailand, Japan, and India.

In the CNN poll, Taiwan was the top choice with a total of 8,242 votes. The Philippines got 1, 528 votes, while Malaysia got 265 votes.