Gabriel Medina is a Filipino American and a local business owner.

He worked in such kitchens as Kata Robata, Soma Sushi, the former AQUI, and in a 2 star Michelin in Tokyo called Narisawa.

He now runs an online take out delivery food hall called "Click", where customers may order online from several restaurants in one cart. His current project is "7000 Islands", a Filipino restaurant that focus' on regional cuisine as well as Filipino American style foods.

What tasting are you presenting? Why do you think this tasting paves the next wave of food trends?

We are presenting Bicol Express. There is a general interest across the globe of what Filipino food is. This particular dish is not known to westerners and come from the central islands of the Visayas. It's coconut braised pork, with ginger and spices..

What does the future of Asian food look like?

More South Asian and South East Asian foods have begun to introduce itself to the western world. Through diversity, the food shapes itself accordingly to the cultures surrounding it. Houston is fortunate to have such a huge Asian population, foods like Pho or Banh Mi are as commonly known as Tacos here. I'd like to think that someday Filipino would be known as a house hold staple in a Houstonian's home some day.

What does celebrating 10 lucky years of LUCKYRICE mean to you?

I am thankful that there is a platform to showcase Asian cuisine. LUCKYRICE and the message they represent, gives Asian chefs/cooks an opportunity to showcase not only their talents, but their heritage. To continue and grow the long and traditional narrative of what Asian food is and what it will become in the future.

Join Chef Medina at the LUCKYRICE Night Market of the Future presented by Rémy Martin on Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at The Astorian