British-Filipino chef Josh Boutwood adds another feather to his cap—in this case, his toque—after one of his progressive dining concepts has been named one of CNN Global’s Best New Restaurants in Asia.
From being a culinary wunderkind who brought Manila his flair for flavors as the Bistro Group’s executive chef since 2012, Chef Boutwood has established himself as a culinary maverick, with Helm, Savage, and The Test Kitchen serving up a different, more personalized take on tastes and textures.
CNN Global described his 42-seater The Test Kitchen in upscale Rockwell area in Makati as “a mix of informality and sophistication in both design and food.” The restaurant is the only establishment from the Philippines that made it into the list.
The Test Kitchen is known for its dedication to bringing out the flavors and freshness of ingredients through different approaches.
Chef Boutwood’s success, he said, can be attributed to a guiding principle that follows the cooking philosophy that he has held throughout his stewardship of the restaurants under the Bistro Group and the homegrown concepts he created himself.
For him, time is also an ingredient. At his concepts, he uses techniques that amplify the flavor and not hide it, he told CNN.
The Test Kitchen serves a diverse and ever-changing menu as the chef seeks out the best produce for the season to come up with a well-curated, well-balanced lineup of gustatory delights to be paired with fine wines and spirits.
Having made it to the Asia’s Best New Restaurants list of CNN puts The Test Kitchen at par with other exciting concepts in the region such as Cantonese restaurant Mott 32 at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Hong Kong’s Mono, Bali’s underwater dining venue Koral, Halapua and Kinu by Takagi in Thailand, and Chef Alain Ducasse’s Esterre in Tokyo.
The Test Kitchen Manila is on the ground floor of One Rockwell at Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City.
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