Culinary Superstars

This is the generation of culinary superstars.

Here and overseas, the in things are all about food and the what, the how, the why, and the who! A couple of decades back, the who did not quite matter.

That is what my regular column in CuiScene will all be about―the who!

But who says the who can be a ‘who’? Anyone who loves food and has a passion for all things culinary is qualified to join the fray. You see, taste is and will always be a personal thing. What I like and consider delicious might not be to another person. So, there are no wrongs on this department.

I have started listing my culinary superstars and you will meet them all, starting in my next column.

Suffice it to say that those will be featured in this space have interesting and unique stories to tell. Take for instance Sau del Rosario. Do you know that Sau was ready to leave our country to take on an assignment in one of Sydney’s renowned restaurants when celebrity chef offers started to knock on his door? If not for these offers, Sau would be making Australians happy with his genius in the kitchen.

And then there is Pedro ‘Boy’ Logro. Do you know that before Chef Boy became the household name he is now, he was the favorite chef of the ruler of Oman? Chef Boy has a very funny story about his days in the palace of the ruler. Learn more of this story when we feature him.

You have heard of Martin Kaspar. He is chef patron of L’Entrecote, a nice and classy French restaurant in Burgos Circle at The Fort. Martin, who is married to a Filipina, first came to the Philippines in the mid-80s and was just starting his culinary career. He joined Hyatt Regency Manila as sous chef and worked his way up. He moved to other hotels like Manila Hotel. Discover more about Chef Martin’s passion in my column.

Also, who would think that one of our country’s most revered chefs was once a banker and martial arts black belter? Yes. Gene Gonzales of the now iconic Café Ysabel in Guevarra Street, San Juan City, almost did not become the chef he is now if he did not pursue his childhood passion for the kitchen. Read more about Chef Gene soon.

And finally, there’s Enderun’s culinary chef, See Cheong Yan. A Malaysian and also married to a Filipina, he has been in the country since the mid-80s upon his return from hotel schooling in one of the world’s finest―Les Roches in Switzerland. Chef See speaks perfect Filipino and is well-loved by his students. He is one of Philippine Airlines’ master chefs for the 2013-2015 culinary meal cycle. His contribution is the Asian cuisine component.

If you want me to feature someone whom you consider a culinary superstar, drop me a line at va@vicalcuaz.com

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