Josh Boutwood has always been a bit of an anomaly in the Manila food scene. Just take one look at him—sure, he has Filipino blood, but more evident is his British side, and this shows in more than just the way he looks and speaks. He’s worked in the beautiful island of Boracay, but he’s also honed his skills in Spain and Sweden and God knows where else. He spent years taking everything in, including technique, kitchen moves, interesting ingredients, and most important, flavor. Someone who’s moved around a lot brings a view of the world to the table, making things more interesting. Boutwood is truly a culinary nomad.
Have you ever met anyone like this? Neither here nor there, but full of wisdom bestowed by the world? As you can imagine, conversations with nomads are always eye-opening.
Boutwood’s travels have shaped his cooking, a style that is just like him: It's not particularly from anywhere, but uses a lot of technique and the freshest ingredients available to drive the point home. This philosophy led to his Nomad series of dining events for Helm and Savage. As someone who has had the good fortune of working all over the world, Boutwood is naturally open to collaboration. Enter Keirin Buck.
Always just jonesing, JJ Yulo is everyone's favorite curator of fun. The man behind Manly Eats and its more evolved counterpart Supermanly Eats, JJ describes himself as a humble observer and peanut gallery commenter of the local food scene.