The Test Kitchen's Chef Josh Boutwood Bags Award From International Resto Guide

The 34-year-old chef is known for his playful takes on food.

Chef Josh Boutwood
PHOTO BY Vincent Coscolluela/ archives, Facebook/Josh Boutwood (Official) ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

Chef Josh Boutwood in La Liste's Awards 2021

( It's always worth celebrating when chefs in the Metro gain recognition—after all, it only underscores the fact that we've got great culinary geniuses in this side of the world. Here's some good news: Chef Josh Boutwood of Helm, The Test Kitchen, Savage, and Chowciao has been included in international restaurant guide La Liste's 2021 awards—specifically, as one of their Young Talents of the Year.

Chef Josh Boutwood
The 34-year-old chef is known for his playful takes on food at his restaurants The Test Kitchen, Savage, Helm, and more.
PHOTO BY Facebook/Josh Boutwood (OFFICIAL)

La Liste notes how Boutwood "juggles constant innovation" at his restaurants The Test Kitchen, Savage, and Helm, as well as "his job as executive chef at The Bistro Group" where he manages 130 restaurants in the country. As the 34-year-old chef reopened The Test Kitchen in 2019, he went from doing strictly tasting menu to including ala carte options, but—in La Liste's words—"maintaining the same level of artistry."

Chef Josh Boutwood
One of Boutwood's newer dishes at The Test Kitchen is the Beef Tartare with lightly aged beef, fresh horseradish root, mustard leaf gremolata, egg yolk gel, and a layer of bread.
PHOTO BY The Test Kitchen
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Chef Josh Boutwood
At Savage, he cooks up great meats without using gas or electricity.

The Filipino-British chef grew up at his parents' restaurants in England and Spain, eventually taking up formal culinary education at Spain’s Escuela de Culinario Mojacar cooking school. He has a wide range of culinary milestones under his belt—including apprenticeship for Chef Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford, as well as working for award-winning Copenhagen restaurant Noma. He came to our shores in 2010, opening Alchemy in Boracay and eventually being appointed corporate chef of The Bistro Group. (He also ranked first in our Top 10 Hottest Chefs in Manila list in 2015, JSYK.)

La Liste is a restaurant ranking and guide founded by former French diplomat Philippe Faure, which annually lists the best restaurants around the world by gathering existing guides and lists by media publications, opinions by chefs, and online customer reviews. This year, however, they've switched from their usual restaurant ranking to a set of special awards that put the spotlight on the "commitment and hard work" of those who've been "able to adapt and innovate during the 2020 crisis, to build the gastronomy of tomorrow."

Check out the complete list of winners on the La Liste 2021 awards website.

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