Anthony Bourdain to scout for potential food vendors in the Philippines

The Bourdain Market is expected to open in 2019. PHOTO: Instagram/Anthony Bourdain

American TV personality, rockstar chef, famous author, and one of the most influential icons in the culinary world Anthony Bourdain will look for potential food vendors and partners at the World Street Food Congress (WSFC) happening in the Philippines later this month.

Bourdain will visit the country as one of the speakers in WSFC’s town hall-style gathering. He is expected to talk about updates on his highly-anticipated restaurant project called the Bourdain Market opening in New York in 2019, reports ABS-CBN News.

“He wants it to be a cross between Taiwan’s street food market and Singapore’s hawker centers. That’s the easy part. The fun part is traveling around the world to look for those 100 hawkers. So definitely, some must be from the Philippines!” said WSFC founder KF Seetoh, who has been tapped as a consultant for the Bourdain Market.

According to reports, Sabina Bandera of the La Guerrerense tostada cart in Mexico, and the team from Singapore’s Geylang Claypot Rice has already signed on for the project.

Bourdain and his team have been traveling around the world to complete his dream list of chefs, operators, and street food hawkers.

scouting: chinatown street market #singapore | photo by @chenxthomas | #bourdainmarket

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WSFC will be held from May 31 to June 4 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City. Bourdain’s talk is open to Dialogue ticket holders.

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