Date of Birth: November 1978
Place of Birth: Guam
Marital Status: Single
Length on Guam: Birth to 2003
Employed at: Shangri-La Beijing
Title: Grill 79 Chef
Sila Evason Hideaway & Spas, Koh Samui Thailand
Bento Chef, Guam
Hotel de Mikuni, Tokyo
Le Pavillion, Hyde Park, NYC
Outrigger Guam Resort
Hotel Nikko Guam
The Culinary Institute of America
Paying attention - this one never ends!
How Do You Describe Your Style of Cooking?
"My style of cooking is a history of my experience and environment. Cooking with good technique and science, I am currently greatly influenced by the San Sebastian region of Spain - molecular gastronomy, postmodern cuisine and logical cuisine."
Do You Have a Particular Philosophy about Food?
"What does it mean to produce food for a customer? Redefine the restaurant experience by cooking/preparing without intimidation or fear. To understand/master technique is basic, but to use this technique to create a dish is the next level. In the end, if the menu item is not practical or teachable to another person within a restaurant environment, it has no place on a menu. You don't want to be running around like a madman...you need help. And, food and wine live together."
What is Your Favorite Cuisine?
"Good food. If you are in America, eat a burger, trust me. If you are in Japan, try the toro."
What is Your Favorite Dish to Prepare?
"Spontaneity is great. I love it when we are in the middle of a dinner rush and the waiter tells me a guest is allergic, and can you prepare a five-course meal?"
What is Your Favorite Beverage?
"Water, and that aloe thing that tastes like grapes."
What Do You Cook for Yourself if You're Hungry?
"I rarely cook for myself - I too much fast food."
If You Could Ask Three Famous Chefs (Living
or Historical Figures) to Dinner and Cook for Them, Who Would You
What Would You Cook?
"I would cook for all the chefs I worked with in the past, and share in my food the experiences and growth I had since I last saw them."
Do You Eat SPAM®?
If You Could Only Eat One Cuisine for the
Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?
"It would be torture to eat only one thing for the rest of my life. I enjoy variety, even if it is mediocre..."