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Portland, OR /
Magna Kusina

Born in the Philippines, raised primarily in Detroit, and trained in Chicago, Carlo Lamagna is the chef-owner of award-winning Portland-Ore., restaurant Magna Kusina. He grew a deeper understanding of Filipino food and culture while living with his father in the Philippines during his childhood. That led him to start the pop-up dining series Twisted Filipino in 2013 in Chicago. He continued that work in Portland until he opened Magna Kusina, which highlights modern Filipino cuisine. Lamagna was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2021, and was nominated for a 2022 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Northwest & Pacific.