Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Ciao mi amica e mi amico! Come stai?

My weekend turns out to be great, although I spent more of my days at home and working for my stories. It is already June and the days are starting to be gloomier (goodbye summer love!) as the monsoon season starts to kick-in.

So I spent my Friday night watching movie while enjoying my vino and a cupcake. I watched this American movie, that is filmed in Verona, Italy and I couldn’t help but feel so fantastic and dreamy.


You see, Italy is very close to my heart. Aside from loving Italian home foods since at early age (thanks to my Dad) and for constantly watching travel movies and religiously reading books about it, to the point of learning their language. I find Italy the most romantic place on Earth (of course aside from my country Philippines).

And adding to that passion for Italy also came my Amore, which makes everything oh so complete.
So I was so thrilled when I got an invitation from Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, to join them for a master cooking demo with their guest, Chef Andrea Delzanno from Marco Polo Hong Kong.

Dressed-up with my favorite Italia brunch outfit, inspired by the collection from Dolce and Gabbana, I went to Marco Polo Manila last Saturday and witnessed the chef’s cooking flair.


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Chef Andrea’s recipes are something that he proud of. She shared us some of the traditional recipe that passed on many generations of his family. Born and raised in Piedmont, Italy, Chef Andrea has been working on truffles and the best Italian wines since he was kid. He started training with chefs who have headed kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants at a very young age of 20, from Italy, to New York, all the way to Asia.  He has brought new milestones in the restaurants he has worked with as he garners prestigious awards, both local and international. Moving in Marco Polo Hong Kong last 2015, he has shared his trademark formula for creatively cooking with his favourite ingredients of porcini mushrooms, red prawn, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and truffles.


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Laying down Chef Andrea’s ingredients for his three recipes – Papa Al Pomodoro, Inguine Alle Vongole, and Tiramisu.

Now, let me share you Chef Andrea’s amazing recipes!


How to Prepare Chef Andrea’s Papa Al Pomodoro (or traditional tomato soup)
Most of the Italian bambinos (or kids in Italian language) love tomato soup and it is a staple in every Italian homes.
Ingredients are:
1000 grams – quality canned plum tomatoes
500 grams – fresh tomatoes (ripe)
100 grams – garlic chopped
50 grams – unsalted butter
100 MI – cream
200 grams – baguette
20 grams – parmigiano cheese
200 grams – onion
20 MI – olive oil
Some water, salt and pepper


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Procedure:
1. Slice the onion and cook with olive oil.
2. Add the fresh tomato, canned tomato, bread, cream and water.
3. Add seasoning and cook for about one hour.
4. Process the soup in a blender.
5. Make the garlic bread by slicing the baguette and adding the garlic, butter and parmigiana cheese, then baking for about three minutes in a hot oven (about 200 degrees).




How to prepare Linguine Alle Vongole (linguine with clams, garlic, olive oil, chilli and parsley) by Chef Andrea
Ingredients:
100 Grams – Linguine Pasta
150 Grams – Fresh Clams (small)
10 Grams – Garlic Chopped
10 MI – Olive Oil
100 MI – Dry white wine
10 Grams – Parsley (flat leaves) chopped
1 Gram – Dried chili
Salt and pepper


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Procedure:
1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water for about 8-minutes then drain.
2. Heat the oil and add the garlic, chili and clams.
3. Add the white wine and cover the pan and steam until the clams fully open.
4. Add the pasta and toss together, letting the sauce reduce.


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Place in the dish and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.




How to Make Chef Andrea’s Tiramisu
Ingredients:
10 each – raw egg yolk
10 Tbsp – sugar
10 each – raw egg whites
1000 grams – Mascarpone Cheese
20 Grams – cocoa powder
200 grams – ladies fingers
50 MI – Kahlua
1000 MI – Espresso coffee


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Procedure:
1. Whisk the egg whites and reserve.
2. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and the mascarpone cheese.
3. Slowly fold in the egg whites to the mascarpone mixture.


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


4. Soak the ladies fingers with the espresso and layer them in a glass together with the tiramisu cream.
5. Place in the fridge for a few hours.
6. Sprinkle with cocoa powder just before serving.


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


And after witnessing Chef’s flair, we are headed to Cucina for a sumptuous lunch prepared by Chef Andrea’s culinary team. I will share it on my separate post, Bellas!


Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Experience the Master Cooking Demo with Chef Andrea Delzanno at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila


Cooking is a way of life in Italy, that’s why it is a great experience to visit restaurants owned by Italian Chef, or even by Italian Moms. Even my Amore is raving about his Momma’s risotto which I think I should learn to prepare it soon, or maybe ask some advice from my in-laws.


Molto Grazie Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, and Chef Andrea for this wonderful experience. I felt more attached to the Italian culture and I can’t wait to taste more of its amazing and rich epicurean culture.


Visit Marco Polo Ortigas Manila from June 7 to 18, 2017 and celebrate the Italian flair at Cucina and enjoy Chef Andrea’s food!

To know more about the hotel, visit www.marcopolohotels.com. Follow the Hotel in Facebook at facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.


Ciao!




Un bacio, Blair




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