21 Must-Know Filipino Women In The Food And Drink Industry
- Happy Ongpauco TiuHappy Ongpauco Tiu
- Miko CaloMiko Calo
- Margarita ForesMargarita Fores
- Abba NapaAbba Napa
- Ana De OcampoAna De Ocampo
- Kim YaoKim Yao
- Chit JuanChit Juan
- May NavarraMay Navarra
- Juana Manahan YupangcoJuana Manahan Yupangco
- Bettina ArguellesBettina Arguelles
- Pilar ValdesPilar Valdes
- Cherrie AtilanoCherrie Atilano
- Monica Llamas GarciaMonica Llamas Garcia
- Quenee VillarQuenee Villar
- Louise MabuloLouise Mabulo
- Olivia Limpe-AwOlivia Limpe-Aw
- Karla MendozaKarla Mendoza
- Cristeta Pasia ComerfordCristeta Pasia Comerford
- Cathy Desiree ChoiCathy Desiree Choi
- Kelly GoKelly Go
- Cheryl TiuCheryl Tiu
No better time than now to spotlight these females working in the food industry. Follow these women's colourful and tasty adventures all year-round
Happy Ongpauco Tiu
This chef and restaurateur is the founder of The Happy Concept Group which houses all her brands. Under the group, she has around 10 restaurants, a catering company that takes care of events decoration needs, and a homeware brand with beautiful flatware, cutlery and accent pieces.
Chef Forés was Asia's Best Female Chef 2016 and is one of the country's most esteemed culinary talents and restaurateurs. As the founder of Margarita Forés Concepts, her projects include: Cibo, Lusso, Grace Park, and her very own in-demand catering service Cibo Di Marghi. She is also one of Tatler Asia's Most Influential Tastemakers.
Ana De Ocampo
She is a trained pastry chef, and is the co-founder and restaurateur behind the Wildflour Group which comprises: Wildflour, Little Flour, Farmacy, Pinks, Wildflour Italian. She is also one of Tatler Asia's Most Influential Tastemakers.
She is president of the Philippine Coffee Board and has authored four books on coffee. Chit represents Slow Food South East Asia and is co-founder of ECHOstore. Chit is also one of Tatler Asia's Most Influential Tastemakers.
May is the co-owner and general manager of the acclaimed Toyo restaurant and bakery, Panaderia Toyo.
Juana Manahan Yupangco
Juana is a plant-based advocate and is the author of a cookbook. She founded Mesa Ni Misis, a platform that espouses healthy eating and a holistic lifestyle. The organisation works with different communities and creates programs designed to make healthy eating more affordable and accessible to Filipinos.
This Filipina is the brand new executive chef of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila hotel! Most head chefs of notable international hotels are foreigners and are more often than not, male, so this is definitely exciting news!
This Gen T honouree, is the founder of AGREA, a global shaper for WEF (World Economic Forum), director on the board of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and is a United Nations nutrition ambassador. She is also one of Tatler Asia's Most Influential Tastemakers.
Monica Llamas Garcia
This lady is a name to know in the local cocktail and liquor scene. She is co-founder of Bleeding Heart Rum Co., which produces world-famous Don Papa rum. She is also co-founder of Santa Ana Gin and one of Tatler Asia's Most Influential Tastemakers.
Chef Quenee has been a professional chef for years and has refined her skillset in cooking SEA (Southeast Asian) cuisines. She is co-founder of the cloud concept Sambar which makes gorgeous takeaway meals and sauces.
This Gen.T honouree is. the founder of the Cacao Project and Culinary Lounge restaurant. She is also a Nat Geo explorer, Resolution Project fellow, and is Young Champion of the United Nations environment programme.
She is the head of Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc., the oldest distillery in the country which has been in her family for five generations. The group creates a plethora of local spirits that Filipinos are mighty proud of. She is also one of Tatler Asia's Most Influential Tastemakers.
Karla Mendoza is a chef with quite an impressive pedigree. She worked and trained under superstars like Mario Batali, Anita Lo and Nancy Silverton and has cooked all over the world. In the Philippines, she made a name with her flavourful private dinners and her extremely sought after focaccia bread. She was set on opening her own restaurant prior to the pandemic, and we're looking forward to seeing her plans push through in the near future!
Cristeta Pasia Comerford
Cristeta Pasia Comerford is a Filipino-American chef who has spent her life cooking for American presidents. She has been the White House Executive Chef since 2005 and has worked in the kitchen for much longer. Comerford is also the first woman and the first Asian to take on this role.
Cathy Desiree Choi
Cathy Desiree Choi lives for desserts and whips up spectacular treats at Little Butter. Cathy worked as a pastry chef at Wynn Resorts Macau, Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, Robuchon Au Dome Macau, Altira Macau and Pierre Herme at Morpheus.
This young talent is the co-founder of Auro Chocolate which has branches both around the country and the globe, promoting Philippine chocolate. This brand has truly elevated how our chocolates have been produced and are exquisitely packaged too.
This Gen T honouree is a journalist for international media outlets and is also the founder of Cross Cultures and co founder of Proclamation Gin.