The crude perception of people for chefs is that they are usually "under-educated"; understandable, because it is after all, only considered a vocational skill. Anyone can be a chef, regardless of college degree. In fact, a lot of executive chefs were formerly stewards (not flight stewards, this kitchen term is for dishwashers) and a lot of them never had formal education for the field. With all due respect, experience almost always proves to be a better teacher than the books -- best example would be our own mothers and grandmothers who always seem to effortlessly whip up magically good food from their own home kitchens. There are, of course, chefs who actually went to culinary school or have a degree or something but later discover or realize that their heart belongs in the kitchen. Bottom line is, chefs are not to be intellectually underestimated just because some of them don't carry college degrees.
I had the honor of meeting the new Executive Chef and Pastry Chef of Waterfront Mactan when I was invited for lunch. It was my first time to visit the airport hotel and try their buffet at Cafe Uno.
My interest peaked when I found out that the Executive Chef, Stephen Del-Amen, holds a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Finally! Someone who went along the path that I'm trying to pave for myself! Not to my surprise, the mindset we have in common is favored to thriving in the kitchen contrary to the stereotypical RND (registered nutritionist and dietician) who works in a hospital or gym. He applies his degree on the dishes or menu that he creates by considering the nutritional factor for these. Now, isn't that a plus for the guests at Waterfront Mactan? They won't have to worry as much with their food selections at the buffet or even room service. I definitely noticed this in the lunch buffet we had, especially at the appetizer section. I particularly enjoyed the red rice salad.
Of course, let's not forget the delectable desserts that complete a meal. These complements are created by the Pastry Chef Neil Vaño, who was a Service Associate under the leadership of renowned Pastry Chef Gabriel Garcia. True enough, I saw traces of Chef Gab artistry in his desserts at the buffet. And of course, they not only look good, but they taste good as well. I find it intriguing (and I'm a bit jealous) that most acclaimed pastry chefs are men. I mean, real men. Machismo and dainty tasty pastries don't seem to go hand in hand but it sure does work after all. Cue in Cake Boss! I've read once before that studies have shown that men are apparently more creative than women. So, don't be surprised to find architects or engineers in the pastry kitchen.
|from left: Executive Chef Stephen Del-Amen, Pastry Chef Neil Vano|
With this new tandem at Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino Mactan, the gastronomic offerings are sure to be interesting. Waterfront Mactan also has an affordable and convenient Pastry Package for pastries to be ordered for meetings and gatherings. Pastries & breads range from only P25 - P120 nett! Discounts can also be availed for a minimum order of:
20 pieces - 5% off
21-30 pieces - 10% off
above 30 pieces - 15% off
*Orders must be made 24 hrs before pick-up date.
For more information, log on to www.waterfronthotels.com.ph.
Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
1 Airport Road, Lapu-Lapu City,
Cebu 6015 Philippines
Contact: (63 32) 340 4888
(63 32) 340 5862