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Erik Matti

Film Director and restaurateur Erik Matti talks about his love for food, Anthony Bourdain, and the life inside the kitchen

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INTERVIEW: Lou Albano
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aldwin Aspillera

You have a new resto, F Word! What’s up with the restaurateur action?
I’ve always love to cook. I’d cook on weekends for friends, lunch na 3pm. Sabi nila, ba’t hindi ka magbukas ng restaurant? Gusto ko pero alam mo kung gagawa ka ng pelikula na hindi ka naman talaga from the movies, parang ‘di gaano malaki yung respeto sayo. Sabi ko, hindi ko kayang pagtawanan. But after awhile, I opened Mogwai. Laro-laro lang yung food, nag-enjoy naman sila.

What’s the story behind F Word?
Sa Mogwai, sa Cubao X, the idea was cinema. But then we could not push the cinema at the start so sabi ni Lyle [Sacris], yung partner ko dun, serve muna ng pagkain sa baba. Mahilig kasi ako sa Italian, pero lahat ng Italian restos dito, super fomal. Pag pumunta ka naman sa Italy, café lang sa labas. There was an empty parking lot in Salcedo, where pwede yung al fresco dining. Pasta, pizza, salad lang. Pero biglang nag-empty itong space, sina-ggest ng partner ko, since our office is just upstairs, ditto nalang. I can’t use the same al fresco concept so ito yung nabuhay, weird, strange, eclectic food.

Yes, you have green mango with pepper. How did that come along?
Nag-order ako ng green mango sa isa sa mga restaurants sa Greenbelt. May kausap ako, tapos habang magkausap kami, naglalaro ako, nilalagyan ko ng pepper yung green mango. Maya-maya, tinikman ko, sabi ko ang sarap! Pero kailangan, fresh ground pepper.


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