The first time I tried Chef Bruce Ricketts’ food was at a food fair at Podium. I managed to have the last portion of whatever he was dishing up that day. He was a little apologetic as he had run out of some ingredients but he said he could whip something up with whatever he had left – shrimps, scallop, kimchi and apples. I admit I was more than a little skeptical but what he came up with just blew me away. The second time I tried his food was at an event of the International Wine and Food Society where he received a standing ovation – a tribute that even long-time members of the Society say had never been done before. We did try to go to his first restaurant, Sensei Sushi in BF Homes Paranaque but the drive was so long there was hardly any food left when we got there.
Just this month, Ricketts opened a new restaurant at Fort Bonifacio called Mecha Uma – Japanese for “Absurdly Delicious.” The International Wine and Food Society booked the restaurant for another dose of Ricketts’ creative genius.