As the private Zoom call began I waited for co-founders culinary powerhouse chef Chele Gonzalez and his executive sous chef at Gallery by Chele, Carlos Villaflor to enter. With smiles on their faces, they exuberantly and intelligently explained their latest brainchild: Deli By Chele. It’s an online shop that brings us bottled goods, cheese, charcuterie, freshly baked bread, sauces and kombuchas from responsibly sourced ingredients and local produce... plus every single thing on their menu is made at Gallery by Chele/Stvdio Lab!
Their innovation, dedication to their craft and commitment to sustainable food systems is inspiring. “Our boxes are a journey around the world with foundations in the Philippines,” says Chele. You will find international flair in the deli that will surely elevate your pantry.
Accustomed to the intricate dance choreographed to produce a haute cuisine meal, these chefs and co-founders of the concept wanted to create the deli to bring their flavours, techniques and creations into our everyday lives – so we could take the experience home. Although the takeaway or at-home habit trended due to the pandemic, Carlos and Chele were tinkering away with the idea of selling their products in a store-format, prior to 2020. “Before the pandemic, we would joke that we should open a small deli with all the products we are developing at Stvdio Lab. The pandemic gave us the time and reason to re-examine this idea seriously,” says Chele. “We realised that we could create an online concept innovating artisanal techniques, bringing flavours from here and around the world to customers’ homes. We realised that we had something very special to share.”