Pinoy-Norwegian Chef Who Called Filipino Food ‘Very Bad Food’ Issues Apology

Here’s the public apology of Jonathan Romano after negative remark on Filipino food

JONATHAN ROMANO – The Pinoy-Norwegian chef who called Filipino food “very bad food” on TV has issued a public apology.

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Romano earned a buzz online following his statement in the Norwegian TV program 4-stjerners middag (4-star dinner).

4-stjerners middag is a weekly program featuring four celebrities, and each will cook dishes to be tasted thereafter.

Romano, on the other hand, is a sushi chef, restaurateur, and judge at MasterChef Norway.

During his guesting which aired last April 29, 2021, he described traditional Filipino cuisine as “darlig mat” or in other words, very bad food.

“It’s very bad food. In the eyes of a chef, there is no food art in my eyes, unfortunately,” he said in the Norwegian language as translated to English.

“Lots of deep-fried, lots of fried-to-death stuff like casserole dishes. If you can put it that way, they do not have the same taste composition as Thai food. Filipino food is more on the sour side,” he added.

Meanwhile, the partly Filipino chef has apologized following his statement on Pinoy food.

“I apologize for the words that came out on my TV appearance lately. Everything came out of context and I am so sorry,” he said.

“Of course, I like Filipino food and would not badmouth without backing it up,” he added.

According to him, he was born in Manila, Philippines, and usually visits the country.

“And for the rest of you badmouthing me, I am so sorry!”

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2 thoughts on “Pinoy-Norwegian Chef Who Called Filipino Food ‘Very Bad Food’ Issues Apology”

  1. The apology is not sincere, done for the purpose of Damage-control only. Comeback to the Philippines and be-schooled by the Filipino Chef’s here. There are so many Filipino Chef’s that became famous worldwide but they remain humble and still uplift the Pinoy dishes internationally.


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