Filipino-Norwegian Chef bashed after describing Filipino Food as ‘very bad’ on a Norway TV program
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For a Filipino-Norwegian, Jonathan Romano, a sushi chef, and a Master Chef Norway judge said that Filipino Food is “very bad” on the particular TV show "4-stjerners middag" aired last April 26, when he was asked about the Filipino food tradition.
In photo: Jonathan Romano/ Filipino-Norwegian Chef / Photo credit UGC
The said chef expressed these words publicly “It’s very bad food. In the eyes of a chef, there is no food art in my eyes, unfortunately. Lots of deep-fried, fried-to-death stuff like casserole dishes if you can put it that way,” he said (as translated by online show NordicPinoy). “They do not have the same taste composition as Thai food. Filipino food is more on the sour side.”
After the statement, lots of negative reactions from Filipinos who didn't quite like his remark made a toll on social media.
After receiving different backlash, Jonathan Romano made a public apology. He also confessed that he grew up not eating Filipino Dishes because his mother can’t cook and still needs to learn more about Filipino Cuisine.
“I apologize for the words that came out on my TV appearance lately. Everything came out of context and I am so sorry. I am an educated chef with long experience and was just giving my subjective opinion. Of course, I like Filipino food and would not badmouth without backing it up. It was a general point that was left out and that was more about refined, finesse, and taste repertoire,” said Jonathan Romano.
Let us not debate and wonder about these things. Instead think that Filipino food,
no matter how basic or complex it may be, is always lovingly prepared. Filipino cuisines also represent the hospitality of each Filipino and their willingness to share. This one is for sure, you will never leave a Filipino house without being asked to eat with them.