Erica Paredes introduces ‘kamayan’ style, boodle fight to Europeans

July 16, 2018 - 10:11 AM
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Erica Paredes, daughter of veteran musician Jim Paredes, introduced boodle fights to Europeans.

The daughter of veteran musician Jim Paredes introduced the local version of a boodle fight to a group of people in France and it was warmly received.

Erica Paredes, now a chef based in France, shared photos of how she entertained foreigners with the “kamayan” style of eating in an open dinner at her house.

Last night’s @baguettesandberets feast- It’s a lot of work, a lot of food and banana leaves are freakin’ expensive here, but it’s always worth it to see people enjoying Filipino food ( a little updated and/ or done my way but Pinoy flavors nonetheless) and eating with their hands. A boodle fight isn’t just about the food, it’s also great because it has that very Filipino sense of sharing and family and feasting which I love. Will probably start doing this once a month- Next one is on April 20! See you then I hope! #parisfoodie #parisfood #pariseats #parislife #baguettesandberets #filipinofoodmovement #boodlefight #eatingonbananaleaves #parisfoodguide #filipinachef #filipinofoodie #letseatpare #phfoodies

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In an interview by When in Manila, Paredes revealed that the concept of hosting boodle fight dinners only came when one of her friends suggested it for a get-together.

“I’ve already been doing French-Filipino/Asian fusion dinners, and one day I was asked by my small group of Pinay girlfriends to do a boodle fight for one of our get-togethers,” the Filipino chef said.

Since then, people started signing up to join in with her boodle fights and some even request to have such dining experience in their own homes.

Before her career in food, Paredes worked in the publishing industry for 15 years. She only got the chance to culinary when she moved to Paris, France.

She then started Baguettes and Berets, a food business wherein people book or sign up for her to host either plated dinners or Filipino boodle fights in other people’s houses or in her own.

“It’s like restaurant quality food but in a less intimidating setting,” she said.

Such feat in her career shift was praised by her father on Twitter.