Interviews

On the Table: Chef Sau del Rosario

By franco on 17 November, 2007

If the best chefs are born, then Chef Sau del Rosario came in this world with a silver spatula in hand. This native son of Pampanga has traveled through Europe and Asia, honing his craft. Refining his tastes and skills to the point that he is now considered one of the Philippines’ most innovative and in-demand chefs, Chef Sau is currently developing new dishes for M Cafe’s menu. The new and improved menu will debut on November 25.

Who in your life has influenced your cooking the most?

Blame it on genes. My grandfather and my father were chefs too. But it was my mother who taught me the ABC’s of cooking. She was a great cook. At age 5, I learned how to prepare Rellenong Bangus!


Which book has had the biggest impact?

La Riviera by Alain Ducasse. He’s my chef icon. I like the book because it’s so personal. When he was living in Monaco, I had the chance to meet him. He cooked for me and signed his book which I brought from Nice, where I was working and living.

What was your first job in the food business?

During my high school days, I baked some brownies and pineapple upside-down cake and sold them to my classmates. I also charmed some “girls” with them. That was then.

But officially, I was a waiter at Westin for two to three years and promoted as cook’s helper after making kulit to the Swiss chef! Eh naawa! (He took pity on me.)

What is your inspiration for the new menu of M Cafe?

M Cafe’s menu is very special for me because these are the things that I have learned from my travels. My source of inspiration comes from people I meet, cultures that I embraced and events I participated in. With the new menu, I dug into my childhood memories, my mom’s recipes, my Tita Linda’s food in Shanghai, Ittichai’s Thai elements and Sam’s Chinese influences.

What are your favorite items on the new menu?

Nori Crusted Black Cod, Edamame Puree, Soy Yuzu Glazed Sauce. This is my signature dish which I featured in Paris, Singapore, Thailand and in M Cafe. It is always the bestseller. It was featured many times in magazines and I even taught the recipe to my nephews in Las Vegas since they loved it. I hope they keep it and pass it on to the next generation.

Which restaurant meal (foreign or local) do you remember the most?

I went to Jules Verne to meet the Michelin chef, Alain Reix in the Eiffel Tower in Paris during my first trip there. I met the chef when he did a promo in Cheval Blanc in Shangrila a long time ago. I remembered he told me if I go to Paris to give him a call and he would show me the city. So years later, I did and he treated me a seven course degustation with wine pairings in this wonderful restaurant on the top of Paris! Ooh lah lah.

Besides your own place, what’s your favorite restaurant in Manila?

Mamou. I love the food. I love the chef. I just love everything. Plus, add Zhong to my list. I love the Itlog na Maalat Crusted Fried Chicken and lots more. Josh cooks so good!

What junk food do you love?

I love my Fruit Salad with Nestle Cream in the morning, for merienda and before going to bed! In fact I buy cans and cans every Saturday at Rustans Rockwell!

Is there a food you just can’t seem to enjoy?

The food that is served in one restaurant in Serendra! I wonder why it is always full. Clue: order the pork chop. It tastes like the swelas(sole) of a shoe!

Just between us, what are your future plans?

To write a cookbook before I die.

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Ayala Museum
Makati Avenue cor. de la Rosa Street
Makati City
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  • NOVEMBER 19, 2007 10:43 AM

    christine said...

    it's fun reading about chef sau -- i'm a fan!

  • NOVEMBER 19, 2007 3:50 PM

    joey said...

    I'm also a fan of M's food :) Love the Jules Verne story!

  • NOVEMBER 21, 2007 6:21 AM

    Franco said...

    Hello Christine and Joey,

    I'm a fan of Chef Sau.

    But sometimes, not so much of M cafe. Honestly, I'm glad that the menu is getting a make over.

  • NOVEMBER 21, 2007 2:36 PM

    Ruy said...

    Great interview! Chef Sau's smile in the picture is such a happy smile. He seems like such a nice guy.

  • NOVEMBER 22, 2007 4:04 PM

    christine said...

    That was a fun read. :) It had me laughing! Hmm wonder which restaurant serves the swelas. hehe

  • MARCH 3, 2008 4:09 PM

    Anonymous said...

    Swelas na porkchop? sa conti's!

  • APRIL 25, 2008 2:52 PM

    Anonymous said...

    lasang swelas? kelan ka una nakakain ng swelas? lol!

  • AUGUST 19, 2008 2:29 PM

    Anonymous said...

    i will b working at their new open resto in Pampanga called Thai Kingdom,, and im a bit nervous.,, frens told me dt he's somewat masungit.,, and now im so afraid,, i hope my whole OJT der will b smooth and better.,,goodluck to me.,,

  • SEPTEMBER 8, 2008 11:48 AM

    Anonymous said...

    Where exactly in Pampanga is this new resto Kingdom Thai? Directions pls. Thanks.

  • NOVEMBER 12, 2008 2:41 PM

    zane said...

    he shared with me his special fruit something something (i forgot how he called it) -- sarap.

    i had fun reading this.

  • NOVEMBER 16, 2008 6:46 AM

    Abou said...

    sau ha ha great person. we had beers years back and of course french fries ha ha. he showed me his scars from cooking while in beijing.

  • FEBRUARY 14, 2009 1:57 PM

    jerica del rosario said...

    congratulations sir!
    God bless..

  • FEBRUARY 14, 2009 2:23 PM

    mr.michael v. said...

    hai mr.chef sau.i'm michael vergara,frm.pangasinan..i saw you at jesica kapuso that's why i'm posting a comment at this site.i'm interested to spent my time to learn in your resto.magttraining ba.kc all of my ojt is more on beds and housekeeping,..f you dont myn sir i want you to be my master.i make my face so kapal,kc i'm already 23y.o.but i dont have work experience yet..tanx master.hope you can appreciate my comment..

  • MARCH 9, 2009 1:28 PM

    lea said...

    Hello chef, I'm Lea. The only girl in the central kitchen of Oliver's Super Sandwiches Philippines. I've got a chance to work with you. Thank you for being nice and supportive even I said it too late. I miss you chef and God Bless...

  • APRIL 22, 2009 11:30 AM

    Anonymous said...

    Yum Yum yum... I'm talking about Chef Sau... parang ang saraap niya =D

  • MAY 1, 2009 8:12 PM

    andy perena said...

    hi chef! i saw you on tv last week on secrets of the masters. you are so awesome, great and funny. my dad is a chef too and he was impressed about you as well...

    more power! and hope i can drop by to m cafe one of these days...

  • JULY 14, 2009 8:37 AM

    niquita said...

    chefs pengson's culinary school its cheaper that the school where i enrolled. i feel like ive made a big mistake! but after reading chef's sau autho i realized that it doesnt matter the school its all about the fashion and courage to learn =) im also a kapampangan. leaving this message. i hope you will read it 'sana qoya maging muqung gang tagagili mung bawang ampo sibuyas =)'

  • JULY 14, 2009 8:40 AM

    niquita said...

    chefs pengson's culinary school its cheaper that the school where i enrolled. i feel like ive made a big mistake! but after reading chef's sau autho i realized that it doesnt matter the school its all about the fashion and courage to learn =) im also a kapampangan. leaving this message. i hope you will read it 'sana qoya maging muqung gang tagagili mung bawang ampo sibuyas =)'

  • JULY 8, 2010 1:16 AM

    xandrafay said...

    meron bang nakakaalam nung address ng food garage bread station ni chef del rosario sa makati?

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