Philippines’ Top Chefs Cook For Our Teachers

Last Saturday, I was invited by the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), a non-profit organization geared towards lasting education reform to join them in a special dinner, “Chefs for Education”. This event was held to raise funds for scholars of the 1000 Teachers Program (1000TP). The top chefs at the helm of this event included Margarita Fores (Asia’s top female chef), Colin Mackay, Norbert Gandler, Vicky Pacheco, and Miko Aspiras.

The dinner event was held at the spacious Whitespace Tent with guests numbering around 200 from across all industries.

PBEd’s Chairman, Mr. Ramon del Rosario, Jr. gave the welcome remarks.


Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) is the business community’s response to the need for sustained and strategic education reform in the Philippines. It is composed of the country’s top business leaders committed to furthering the role of education in national competitiveness and development. Its advocacies include basic education reform, teacher quality improvement, and workforce development.

So what was our dinner by the top 5 chefs like?

Tuna poke, crisp Cordillera rice and lime custard
Smoked duck breast, roasted pear and pistachios, goat cheese and honey
River prawn and fennel tortellini with tarragon shellfish bisque
Grilled Snake River Farms wagyu flat iron and slow cooked Kitayama wagyu short-rib, mustard mash and spring greens
Chocolate espresso brownie, hazelnut chocolate mousse, malted carabao milk ice cream and sampinit

After I had my dessert, I went behind the scenes (to the kitchen of course, where the action is!) to check on the chefs…

I spotted Chefs Miko Aspiras and Colin Mackay finishing up the last half of the dessert assembly line.

Chef Margarita Fores was there to guide everyone.

Here I saw that working in the kitchen is really serious business!

And well… you can bet I was there to entertain (or maybe distract?) the chefs!

Thank you to all these amazing chefs for their time and generosity that made this event such a huge success : Chefs Margarita Fores, Colin Mackay, Vicky Pacheco, Norbert Gandler, Miko Aspiras, Kerwin Go and Kenneth Cacho.

PBEd President Dr. Chito Salazar introduced and thanked all the chefs on stage.

Congratulations to everyone!

Love Basillote, Mr. Fred Ayala, Amb. Jesus Tambunting, Mrs. Marixi Prieto, Mr. Gigi Montinola, Amb. Jose Cuisia,  Chefs Margarita Fores, Colin Mackay, Vicky Pacheco, Norbert Gandler, Miko Aspiras, Kerwin Go, Kenneth Cachc, Mariel Bustamante, Stefan Langehan, Richie Manapat


Launched in 2008, 1000TP was created with the objective to attract the best-performing high school seniors into teaching not only to uplift the image of the profession, but also to improve teacher quality in the country by deploying 1000 ready and qualified teachers in public schools by 2019. The scholarship program, with support from various other fundraising events and the charitable efforts of many corporate sponsors, has provided for a total of 307 scholars thus far and has forged partnerships with 22 teacher education institutions (TEIs) nationwide.

If you want to help our scholar teachers, please contact Anna Sarte of PBEd at 0917-8158305.

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