Gallery by Chele’s new dish has its own comic strip by Garapata
There’s a story behind “Fired! Pulpo,” an octopus that wants to be a chicken, and artist Dex Fernandez tells it through comics
Apr 26, 2019
A chef’s job can be taxing. Apart from the heavy kitchen duty, they have to explain every dish as it is served to the table. Chef Chele Gonzalez has had enough. He would rather a comic strip tell his diners what his new dish a Gallery by Chele is.
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Si Pugita na nangarap maging manok. Paggising isa ng Pulpo de Inasal! Si Pugita ay isa rin sa mga tropa ni Garapata sa mundong kanilang pinangmulan kung saan man ‘yon yan ay di ko alam. Short story comics printed in paper placemats, collab with Gallery by Chele. #pogpogpugita
The comic strip, made by Dex Fernandez who’s behind the multi-legged figures “infesting” the streets and the art world, tells of the story of Pugita (one of Garapata’s many friends). Pugita is an octopus who wants to be a chicken (apparently sea parents tell their children they can be anything they want to be, too) and ended up being one—an inasal, at least. So close enough.
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It’s always a good feeling to revisit a signature classic like the “Fired! Pulpo”. Best described by Chef Chele as the “Octopus who wants to be a chicken”, this dish takes inspiration from the Filipino fanfare “Chicken Inasal”. Needless to say, we gladly obliged this humble Octopus’ wishes and turned it into a classic of Gallery by Chele that you can enjoy on our 9-course experience.
This is all thanks to Gonzalez and chef Carlos Villaflor who made Pugita’s dream come true by boiling the octopus Spanish-style and then grilling and glazing it the inasal way to taste and feel almost like chicken.
“Chef wanted to tell the story above in the form of a comic rather than explaining the dish verbally as you are served, so I introduced Dex and his character style which I felt fit perfectly with what they needed,” Carmina Sanchez-Jacob, a consultant working with Gallery, tells us.
This ultimately led to Fernandez creating a placemat and graphic art piece that is served with each “Fired! Pulpo” dish. Talk about a collectible!
The new menu in collaboration with Garapata launches May.
Photo courtesy of Gallery by Chele and Garapata
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