Calling all Pinoy foodies and lovers of all things delicious!
An online petition is advocating for the creation of a special commission to "spearhead the preservation and promotion of Philippine cuisine and culinary heritage."
According to the advocates of the petition, the special commission should be under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Chef Jam Melchor, the convenor of Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, said the Philippines need to take advantage of the recent international recognitions that Filipino food is getting.
"The Philippines has all the right ingredients to become an international culinary destination. So long as we can cultivate a homegrown appetite for and interest in our local cuisine, global recognition will soon follow," said Melchor.
Melchor, who started the petition on Change.org, added that while many in the international food scene had predicted that Pinoy cuisine will be the next big thing, he believes there is still a lot to do to celebrate our rich culinary traditions.
"I personally think that there is still work to be done to encourage our countrymen and women to learn about, appreciate and honor our rich culinary traditions as a strong pillar of our national cultural identity," added the executive chef of Healthy Eats Manila.
The petition asks for the creation of the National Committee for Culinary Arts and Gastronomy, which will be under the Sub-Commission on the Arts.
The committee, according to the petition, should aim to preserve our culinary traditions and heritage, and to support and encourage the study of Philippine gastronomy.
Composed of distinguished representatives from local food and agricultural industries, as well as the academe, the committee will also raise awareness among Filipinos about the importance of culinary heritage.
The petition also seeks to include Culinary Arts and Gastronomy as the eight Art discipline of NCCA. This will allow the recognition of culinary artists as champions of Philippine culinary arts and gastronomy.
"The commission will also strive to prioritize, encourage, and support study and in-depth research on Philippine gastronomy," said Melchor.
As of posting, the petition has 199 supporters. It aims to get 2,000 signatures.