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Savour the Planet - Sustainable Diner

Savour the Planet - Sustainable Diner

WWF or World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines launched its flagship Savour Planet workshop series for Filipino diners at Cravings, Quezon City last Mart 17, 2018. Chef Robby Goco and Chef James Torres in corporation with Cravings Group, Center for Culinary Arts Manila aim to educate Filipino consumers in our diverse cuisines and the practice of Filipino hospitality, "That better to cook extra than to not have enough." This practice does not only apply to eating at home but also when dining out with family and friends. This display of Filipino generosity leads to food waste, a problem WWF Philippines recognized.

Savour Planet was launched to empower and educate Filipino diners from academe, media and non-government organizations. Its pioneer project was on sustainable consumption and production, The Sustainable Diner: A Key Ingredient for Sustainable Tourism. The first leg, cooking with a Purpose, is a live simulation of actual cooking at home using local ingredients from local markets.

Joel Palma

Ms. Joan Optina

Joel Palma, President and CEO of WWF Philippines opened the workshop discussing the importance of proper use of our resources to support our growing population. We can lessen rice importation if Filipinos become conscious of our dining choices - we need to think of the future of our children. Welcoming remarks came from Ms. Joan Optina, Marketing Manager of CCA Manila (culinary and academic institute known for promoting Green Chefmanship). She stressed the value of food sustainability which they instill in their students. CCA founder Ms. Annie Guerrero emphasized that the future generation should be equipped with right skills, knowledge and heart to tackle global culinary issues and challengers with the environment in mind.

Ms. Melody Melo-Rojk

Ms. Melody Melo-Rojk, project manager of The Sustainable Diner and sustainable consumption and production in the Philippines tackled with importance of sustainable dining as a lifestyle and stressed the impact of ensuring food security in the country a more restaurants are popping up in the metro. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, implementing a multi-sectoral approach involving government, restaurants and consumers to promote sustainable consumption and production in the Philippines.

Chef Robby Gocu

Live cooking demonstrations were delivered by Chef Robby Goco, Executive Chef of Green Pastures and Cyma. He taught us three dishes that are locally sourced and at the same time discussed how he made his restaurants sustainable. He mentioned that they make sure to get all the ingredients at a  local supplier to avoid contributing to increasing carbon footprint. He also mentioned that they make sure to use everything in his restaurants to maximize his supplies. 

Avocado Hummus and homemade pita


Terra Natura

After the live demonstration we were grouped into 8 groups and then challenged to do the three dishes. We used the CCA facilities during our cooking task. Our group name was Little Cooks. Since we were all deprived of height. 🤣

Ms. Optina giving out some pointers.

Unfortunately we were only able to finish two dishes because we ran out of time. I have high respects for the chefs and cooks around the world who do this for a living the pressure is really intense. I rather enjoy taking my time when I cook at home. We were only give an hour and half to cook all three some of the dishes needed early prep but we were focused on the other dishes. 

We got to try out our own creation and also a dish provided by CCA Manila. 

Chef Jeff Torres discussing how he does Sustainable Dining at his restaurant Melt.

It was a memorable event for me since I learned a lot from the team of WWF Philippines and also the chefs who joined us that afternoon. This was truly one for the books. 

Check out WWF Philippines to learn more about sustainable dining. 

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Center for Culinary Arts, Manila
1102, 287 Katipunan Ave, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila
(02) 218 8566

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