For the longest time, my family has been obsessed with cooking. We’d rather bust our savings on sampling the newly-opened resto in the kanto than splurge on a new ensemble.
When culinary school all too suddenly became the rage, I couldn’t help but snicker and snort at those nagpapakitang-gilas na nouveaux chefs when they could barely chop a shallot without shedding a tear or two. They should learn a thing or two on how to bake humble pie from cooking giants.
I’d like to pay tribute to some of the culinary creatives I look up to. I bet my brother also has his own list of fave chefs. I expect you’ve got yours, too? Of course, your own Moms (or Dads) take the top spot, esp for those who were raised toddling in their diapers mouthing lispy ABCs while sniffing the aroma of a sizzling homemade dish.
Ben o’Donoghue – Minus the distracting Aussie accent and argot, Ben’s charming ruggedness easily keeps you glued to the telly as you watch him craft his own version of Angus beef burger patty, in the midst of Angus beef cattle!
A new favorite, Chef Chuck captures the hearts of even the staunchest of nagpapaka-food critics. His unbelievably simple seafood dish steamed in a bed of seaweed inside a heavy-duty pan makes this kyoot hunk steamier than the yummiest sio pao in town.
Jamie Oliver – Ma fantaisie ultime, monsieur Jamie! I love his maangas attitude, his angibngibngib ya ngipen, his lisp and even his dizzying moves in the kitchen even as he’s merely sauteeing a strip of fava bean.
Laura Calder, jolie fille! Her own homey style of French cooking simmers well within the sizzling point as she impressively prepares authentic French cuisine while talking about how she cleverly explained a soup recipe culled from an ex-boyfriend’s creation.
The Master of atektek ya food. Eight out of ten times, trust Mario Batali to burn his cooking while he entertains you with his latest take on classic dishes. I love his line of colourful cookware, though.
Inah Garten – I love how she calmly creates deceptively simple homemade recipes whilst maintaining a spic-and-span mansion and still managing to cook the most appetizing meals for her workaholic husband. And she NEVER burns her cooking, unlike other chefs who pretend the burnt ingredients are all part of the presentation rather than proof of their own katangahan.
Nigella Lawson – She once said that she doesn’t care what other people say about not eating too much, she just eats what she wants, pakialam n’yo. An advocate of Eating Everything, she loves cooking fast, appetizing meals for her deadma kids. Love her, esp when she raids her fridge for some late snacking.
Gwyneth Paltrow – You thought she’s just a great actress, ano? She cooks and always stresses the fact that she derives inspiration in cooking from her late father. I love the way she prepares roast chicken in a matter-of-fact way, speaking in relaxed tones, calmly dressing and marinating the poultry as if she’s simply rehearsing a scene from one of her movies.
Who are your top favorite culinary greats?