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Wisdom, a plate a time with Chef Sharwin Tee

A plate for wisdom. By law of relativity, Chef Sharwin Tee feeds the mind and empowers people via his culinary expertise. With every exciting dish the toqued man creates and recreates to make the palates of many rejoice, he puts a book on a shelf.

It’s a win-win situation—Sharwin educates the palates of foodies and enriches the minds of the less fortunate. He’s making the tools for learning accessible to the less fortunate ones with every bite of his food.

Sharwin’s cause is to build libraries in public schools across the nation. The personal mission, perhaps, gives another purpose to why he chose to become a chef.

His efforts has built one library in Calabanga, Camarines Sur and he’s on his way to building the next here in Davao.

“A couple more ‘pop-ups’ and the second library will be up by the end of the year at the latest,” shared Sharwin.

His latest “gig” was at the Lotus Court of Marco Polo Davao, where he whipped up a Chinese lauriat dinner, with four of the courses paired with Lagarde wines.

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Full house

 

On the menu, the chef, with the hotel’s culinary team working with him, presented a 10-course meal. It listed three family recipes, “I wanted to share the dishes I grew up with.”

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

The Chinese Lauriat menu

 

Just like his previous dinner for a cause in the city held a few months back, the chef utilized the ingredients that’s distinctively Davao and Mindanao—the Malagos cheese and chocolates, tuna, pomelo and the Bukidnon’s Kitayama Wagyu beef.

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Chef Sharwin Tee with the Chinese Lauriat Dinner partners- Malagos Cheese’s Ingrid Puentespina; Malagos Chocolates’ Jamie Concepcion; Chef Charwin Tee, Kitayama’s Vicky Lauchengco & Ira Grafilo; Lagarde Wines’ Laica Herrera; & Marco Polo Davao GM, Dottie Wurgler-Cronin.

 

“When the ingredients were presented to me, I already knew how I was going to use it,” the chef said.

Each ingredient played a “superb performance” under the baton of the young chef. The flavors of each course were titillating to the palate. The tuna char Siu with pomelo honey glaze made an exciting pair, the marriage of the baked Chinese-style Wagyu beef with curry with the Malagos chevre cheese was a match made in heaven.

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Baked Chinese-style Wagyu beef curry (with Malagos chevre cheese)

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Tao Meng Tsai with Davao seafood

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Tuna Belly cha Siu with pomelo honey glaze

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Scallop with XO Sauce

 

Even the popular house specialty of buchi was reinvented with the chef’s mixture of chevre cheese and durian for the filling, and the drizzling of dark chocolate over the coating. It was a delicious surprise indeed.

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Durian & chevere cheese buchi with Malagos dark chocolate drizzle

 

The lauriat was an orchestration of flavors that deserved a standing ovation, and the praises Chef Sharwin Tee refuse to receive for himself, “It’s a team effort and this would no have been possible without the support of the Marco Polo culinary team.”

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Chef Sharwin Tee with the Marco Polo Davao culinary team

 

Soon, the second library will be up and young minds will be fed, wisdom will be gained and children will be empowered.

Chef Sharwin Tee is not stopping at two, “I plan to build libraries in thirteen provinces,” he said.

With full house attendance on this pop-up dinner and, for sure, on the coming ones, it won’t be long until the praiseworthy undertaking of this chef will be realized.

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Jean Andersen with Chef Sharwin Tee

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Gatchi Gatchailian, Marco Polo GM Dottie Wurgler-Cronin & Bai SIang Lim

 

Jen Ang, Amay Te, Nony Te & Anthony Ang

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Leizl & Russel Lu

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Malagos Garden Resort GM Hermie Tabañag & RM Jaydee Duaño with MPD Bars, Restraurants & Events Manager Chel Galang (center)

 

From JIB & ICHEF- Leve Cuestas, Ann Pelingon, Collen Longakit, Nicky Hao-Bian & Philip Diaz

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Eugene & Joy Go

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Raffy & Carmina del Rosario, Miles Suarez & Caloy Santos

 

Chef Sharwin Tee cooks CHinese Lauriat dinner at Lotus Court, marco Polo Davao to raise funds for public school libraries

Lara Kolling, Aina del Roasrio & Missy Hilario

 

 

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Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

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