Absolutely. Both of my parents had a passion and love for cooking traditional Filipino food. Most weekends they'd host a dinner with family and friends. I started cooking at an early age with both my Mom and Dad and they passed on their love for cooking and hosting to me.
Our family loved going to restaurants - we'd go for lunch every Sunday. It was the 80's - so our favorites were the local Chinese restaurants. I started working in restaurants when I was 16 - bussing tables at Milestone’s Restaurant in Victoria BC, Canada. I loved the energy and all the people that I worked with on the team.
Find which part of hospitality you're passionate about most and follow that. It's a challenging industry - so you have to love what you do. Pay attention to trends - what customers want in food and experience, be ahead of it.
It’s all about the guest experience so focus on making it the best experience possible. If you want the best experience you need the best team - finding great people is harder now than ever. But the same principles apply - share your company vision and values, reward hard work, keep training/keep learning, hear people out, map out a career path, give autonomy and celebrate the wins. Be open to feedback and listen to your customers.
Breakfast Empanada- scrambled egg, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, arugula in puffed pastry.. YUM. Hibiscus/lemongrass iced tea.
Chinese Tuxedo- Everything on the menu is amazing!!
1- Chef’s knife
2- Fishing Rod and reel
3- Blender/food processor
4-Sonos speaker for music
Photography by Hannah Elijah