Chicago-Based Modern-Filipino Spot Kasama Earns a Michelin Star

One small step for the resto, one giant leap for Filipino food around the world.

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(SPOT.ph) Over the past years, we've seen the growth of the Filipino food scene, not just locally but also abroad. No doubt the number of Filipino restaurants around the world is growing; these spots are also gaining recognition from awarding institutions on a global scale. Case in point: Kasama, the famed bakery and "modern Filipino" establishment located in Chicago, recently earned its first Michelin star.

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Give a round of applause to this Chicago-based Filipino spot for earning a Michelin star:

Kasama—which is owned by real-life partners Genie Kwon and Timothy Flores, and is where they cook up clever and contemporary dishes with Filipino flavors and elements—is among the four Chicago restaurants to be awarded a Michelin star for the first time in the recently released Michelin Guide Chicago of 2022. The French tire company praises Kasama's manner of giving Filipino eats "creative, contemporary" spins, with signatures that include adobo using maitake mushrooms and pancit with Serrano ham—plus their stellar dinner tasting menu that "reflects their training, experience, and heritage."

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At the helm of Kasama are Timothy Flores and Genie Kwon. 
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This isn't Kasama's first time to be lauded by a respected global publication; just last year, they also made it to The New York Times' 2021 Restaurant List, which covered 50 dining establishments in America that they're "most excited about." Last March, they also made it as a finalist in the 2022 awards of the James Beard Foundation, which is set to unveil the final list of winners in June.

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For more information, visit the Michelin Guide's website.

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