In a press conference held at one of her restaurants, Lusso, the chef Margarita Forés was announced as Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016 by the organisation Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. She was chosen to be the recipient of the award by a group of judges composed of 300 industry experts. Following Bo Songvisava of Thailand, Lanshu Chen of Taiwan, and Vicky Lau of Hong Kong, Forés is the fourth chef and the first Filipino to be awarded with such honour.
Trained as an accountant, Forés learned the ways of Italian cuisine in 1986 to build a catering business, and has since been a champion of the said cuisine and also of Filipino cooking. As somebody who has been in the industry for almost 30 years, Forés has tackled many undertakings that highlight Filipino culinary talent and also push the envelope for chefs in the country. Here are some: