Federal Meat Academy of Japan’s Hiroki Samata headlines as guest chef
Hotel Okura Manila invites guests and patrons to travel by taste to the historical Saga Prefecture in Japan through a six-course dinner featuring the globally-esteemed Saga Wagyu beef, elevated with authentic sake pairings. Four kitchen masters, including guest chef Hiroki Samata of the Federal Meat Academy of Japan, collaborate in curating a tasting menu that traverses through different interpretations of the premium beef.
For starters, Saga-Gyu is made from the finest breeds of Japanese cattle raised on fertile farmlands within the prefecture. These black-haired cattle are perfectly embraced by the region’s mild climate, clean air, and fresh water. The highly-maintained standards – from being raised in agricultural-association-designated farms and rigorous grading processes, places Saga beef among the best of over 200 beef brands in Japan carrying a grade of 4 (or A4) by the country’s meat grading standards. In addition, its characteristics of tsuya-sashi or marbling is so outstanding, the shades of the cross-section are reminiscent of that of a cherry blossom flower. With a rating of 7 (the highest within the range of A4 grade meat), the marbling becomes an unwrapped gift of flavors when cooked.
With its arrival in Newport World Resorts, frequenters and enthusiasts alike are in for a spectacular culinary treat. The dinner features Yawaragi Chef de Cuisine Jerrymie Tamayo as he prepares the amuse-bouche, salad and soup, Yamazato Japanese Executive Chef Keiichiro Fujino prepares the entrée, Hotel Okura Manila Pastry Chef VI Serrano steps in for the dessert, and finally Hiroki Samata gets his hands on the appetizer and the main course.
Hiroki Samata brings in years of skills sharpened by experience as a Master Butcher and faculty member of The Federal Meat Academy, a unique school located in Gunma, Japan, that advances the appreciation and knowledge of all skills associated with the processing and marketing of various kinds of meats.
The courses are paired with premium Sake for superior dining experience. The drinks include Sunflower and Strawberry-flavored drink from the historically-rich Amabuki Junmai, the award-wining bottles from Tenzan Sake Brewery, Shichida Junmai.
This exclusive gastronomic wonder is happening on March 18, 2023, Saturday, and starts at 7 PM at the visually-captivating dining venue, Yawaragi, in Hotel Okura, right within Newport World Resorts. Limited seats are available. Prices start at PHP 9,100++ per person. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 5318 2888 or +63 917 842 9067. This event is made in partnership with Mayon Consolidated, Inc. and Philippine Wine Merchants.