The Philippine’s most popular celebrity chef and GMA Network’s “Idol Sa Kusina” host CHEF PABLO ‘BOY’ LOGRO celebrated his 59th birthday yesterday at his culinary school  in General Mariano Alvarez Cavite together with family, media friends and students.

I first met Chef Boy in 2011 when he was promoting his soon-to-be-aired show on GMA Network called “KUSINA MASTER.”  At that time he was already successfully hosting the 6-month old “Idol Sa Kusina” on GMA News TV.  “Kusina Master” made a great run for two and a half years while “Idol Sa Kusina” is still going strong to this date.  It’s probably one of the longest cooking show program in the history of Philippine television.

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READ HERE: Kusina Master Chef Boy Logro on GMA

Chef Boy’s success is a ‘cinderella-story’ of a young man who worked his way from an elementary-schooled houseboy to becoming the first Filipino executive chef of a 5-star hotel in the Philippines.  It was a very inspiring and humbling story when I first heard it straight from Chef Boy four years ago and it is still very much a source of inspiration to many up this date.

Chef Boy’s 59th birthday celebration is a heart-warming moment for everyone who were present yesterday.

It was my first time at CLICKS (Chef Logro Institute of Culinary and Kitchen School) –  it is such a very far away place from Manila but the trip was all worth it when we got there.  I would describe the school as an overgrown kitchen.  It has everything a culinary student will need to learn how to become a professional chef like Chef Boy.  From the big-ass freezers and ovens to the many industry-standard cooking equipments inside the facility.

This is Chef Boy’s first culinary school venture but his number one dream is to one day build a university-size culinary school in the Philippines and this dream is already 80% complete! As of this very moment, that school is being constructed at a land that he acquired in his home town Compostela Valley, Davao.  This where Chef Boy plans to retire someday – but fortunately, retirement is still not on his TTDL (Things-To-Do-List) yet.

Chef Boy, more than being a chef and showbiz personality, is also a businessman.

READ HERE: Chef Boy Logro Food For Thoughts on Business, Politics and Social Change

The Chef has a new restaurant in Bayanan, Muntinlupa called “CHEF BOY By Chef Boy Logro” and is also a part-owner of another restaurant in San Juan (near Wilson) called “7 Flavors”.  Chef Boy recently purchased three (3) buses from his endorsement deal earnings and was said to have plans of venturing out to the resort business as well.

Chef Boy continues to be very blessed simply because of the many people that he has helped along the way.  He is really a wonderful businessman and he manages his income really well, but what makes him even more admirable is with how he treats people and his ever growing family.  Here’s a video of Chef Boy and his family yesterday at CLICKS:

CLICKS students headed by Chef Josephine Alcantara also baked him a delicious cake.  Cakes shaped like letters that formed the words “Idol Sa Kusina” as a way to express their gratitude and admiration to their mentor and inspiration.

Chef Josephine Alcantara with the CLICKS students
Chef Josephine Alcantara with the CLICKS students
"Idol Sa Kusina" - Idol ng mga CLICKS students
“Idol Sa Kusina” – Idol ng mga CLICKS students

The highlight of the program yesterday is a special on-the-spot cooking challenge organized by the GMA Artist Center and hosted by GMA’s Tess Bomb.

Chef Boy and Tess Bomb
Chef Boy and Tess Bomb

The cooking challenge is participated by four talented amateur cooks and students from the Cavite State University (CSU) in Carmona.  Each contestant was tasked to make a delicious dessert treat in under 30 minutes using Angel Kremdensada as a base ingredient.  Time-pressured, but these talented individuals were able to whip up delicious desserts just in time.

John Mark, Gellene, Joanecel and Xenica
John Mark, Gellene, Joanecel and Xenica

Joanecel Aspera made an Angel’s Trifle Wish, John Mark Anthony Gloria cooked a Angel Choco Rice Banana Kremdensada, Princess Xenica Patoc made an awesome Heavenly Meal Crepe and Gellene Violata with her delicious Crispy Lumpia Wrap with Potato and Avocado.

John Mark Anthony Gloria
John Mark Anthony Gloria
Joanecel Aspera
Joanecel Aspera
Princess Xenica Patoc
Princess Xenica Patoc
Gellene Violata
Gellene Violata

Joining Chef Boy Logro in judging the dishes is Dr. Yolanda Ilagan, the dean of the Cavite State University Carmona Campus.

After a careful deliberation, Chef Boy gave the best dish award to Princess Xenica Patoc and her Heavenly Meal Crepe.  Xenica received a FREE Bread and Pastry Production NC II scholarship at CLICKS as her prize.  All four (4) contestants received gift packs from Angel Kremdensada, Omega Housewares, Nestle Nescafe Smoovlatte, Scent For Senses and Aquabest.11207331_1064897256871014_7689415999127923747_n

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This is my third time attending Chef Boy’s GMA-sponsored birthday celebration.  The first one was in 2013 when he visited a barangay in Caloocan City and in 2014 together with Pekto Nacua, Kevin Santos and the children of Onesimo Bulilit Foundation at the Quezon City Sports Club.

Here is an video interview of Chef Boy at CLICKS:

READ HERE: Kusina Master Chef Boy with Caloocan Fans

READ HERE: Chef Boy, Kevin Santos and Pekto Nacua Throws Quiapo Street Kids a Party

CHEF BOY LOGRO | Celebrates 59th Birthday at CLICKS, Awards Scholarship to Top CSU Cook

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