Young chef and UA&P alum comes home

Young chef and UA&P alum comes home

by UA&P News Desk on June 22, 2012 - 10:02 am

by Zaff Solmerin, from Business Mirror

Felix Delano Chingkoe II has one passion he loves the most: to develop and create a world-class fusion of Asian and Western cuisine.

UA&P alumnus and international chef Felix Chingkoe II

“Even before I graduated college, I’ve always had an interest and passion for food. I would always find myself curious for answers as to how certain dishes were prepared, what technique and unique ingredients were added to it that made it memorable,” the Filipino-Chinese 26-year-old chef said.

He is the eldest of four siblings, having two sisters and one other brother. Felix arrived home from Canada in December and upon knowing that he was back in Manila, old friends who already belong to the food business immediately contacted him for help. “Right now, I’m doing a project based on developing the menu for Tokyo Café. I plan on continuing to develop menus for catering businesses on the side,” he said.

This coming August, food enthusiasts are going to have a taste of his newest menu to be launched by Tokyo Café which has branches in SM malls.

The son of a wealthy businessman, Felix could have easily opened his own restaurant but he is not rushing things to happen, as he wants to build it on his own money and sweat, a personal conviction his father admires him for.

The young chef could have easily gone under the wing of his father’s lucrative business, given the fact that he also graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Majoring in Management, at the University of Asia and the Pacific back in 2006.

Some of Chef Felix's winning creations.

But his interest to develop and create new dishes is so persistent that he was finally able to convince and fully obtain the support of his parents to try the food industry. “It was because of all these reasons that led me to my decision to pursue culinary studies in Canada. Studying culinary abroad in a country such as Canada allowed me to experience and be introduced to different cuisines and techniques from around the world.”

If that is not impressive enough, Felix finished culinary as a working student. As a holder of Level 2: Food Safety and Serving It Right Certificate, he worked as a bartender at the Metropolitan Bartending School in 2009 where he earned his Bartending Certificate while taking up his culinary studies.

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