Dumaguete’s darling- Gabby del Prado

Dear Chef,

I  just wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to! My parents decided to put up apartments for rent here back in our province.. the idea turned out to be an apartelle and later on I got involved and put up a small resto called “Gabby’s Bistro” hehehe… Now so far it is doing so well here.. people love my food and the ambiance. The food I serve is like comfort gourmet cuisine.. pretty simple but different taste din.. SGH really helped me a lot for what am doing today.. it feels like it

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Bizu – more than just desserts

I just came home from Bizu Bistro in Greenbelt 2 Makati from a focus group food tasting. I was given a sneak preview of the menu.

The Tanco children in their 20’s are now involved in running the restaurants. Audrey and Aaron are in operations while Alexander is helping out in the kitchen. Tonight’s tasting was for the launching of Alex’s new menu. Alex is a culinary arts graduate of ours batch 2004. For his internship he was student executive chef of Solomon Guest House (batch 12) and then had his practicum in Shanghai training in Le Plantane under world famous chef Justin Quek. Alex as a student has always been very passionate about food and has won many school competitions. Yet despite that he has remained humble and kind hearted which is what I love most about him.

People think of desserts when they think of Bizu, but Bizu has so much more to offer like their signature dish the 10 hour

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La Regalade French Bistro now in Manila

Our colleague and alumna Chef Rhea Castro has been so busy the last couple of weeks with the opening of a new French restaurant in Arnaiz Ave. Makati called La Regalade. She tells us that the chef is renowned Michelin star Alain Rayé who established the restaurant in Vancouver.

I was expecting fancy plating but to my surprise the food is very simple and uncomplicated, it is regional classic French food so wonderfully prepared. The portions are big enough for sharing. And I was expecting the place to be “uptight” or “stiff” like most formal French restaurants but to my surprise the bistro is very relaxed, casual and fun. It even has a bar area with a nice wine selection if you want to hang out. The female toilet is huge and quite a conversation piece. The place is only a week old and on soft-opening but the owner Mr. Quicho has already filled it with guests from Manila’s A+ list.

Chef Alain brings with him Frenchman chef Pierre Cornelis who will stay on as executive chef. Chef Rhea is executive sous chef and part of her team are our graduates Karen Martin (ID#103), Bong Julve(#001), Kiel Zaguirre (ID#104). They are now getting training a la “hells kitchen”….working til exhaustion and getting screamed at a lot… Well that is the price when you train under a Michelin star chef!…As they say “If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen!”… But I think Chef Alain is cool because at the end of dinner service he orders a bottle of champagne and toasts with his team inside the pantry area to celebrate a job well done.



Hasta La Vista Solomon 15

Time flies so fast…. the term is about to end already…. barely two weeks left for the “heavy weight” cast ( big guys – a la football team ) of Solomon Guest House Batch 15. Sniff! sniff!….Come and join them for their culminating activities:

August 13, 2008 Wednesday
Formal Dinner ( with wine pairing) P1,300/head (30 seats only),Guest Chef – Mae Montalban
Student Executive Chef- Carlos Aquino MWF Team

August 16, 2008
Formal Dinner (with wine pairing) P1,300/head (30 seats only) Guest Chef – Edward Dimaculangan
Student Executive Chef – Dennis Vina THS Team

Grand Buffet Aug 21, 22, 23 P300/head

All proceeds will go to the One La Salle Scholars

For reservation call tel. 536-6416


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