Interviews

On the Table: Chef Aileen Anastacio

By franco on 3 April, 2008

Chef Aileen Anastacio’s name is practically synonymous with all things decadently sweet. For nearly a decade, as the head chef of Goodies n’ Sweets, she has baked some of the most memorable cakes and pastries that have tempted customers to throw dietary caution to the wind. Not only does she create lovely pastries and manage a growing business, Chef Aileen also teaches about her passion at the Heny Sison Culinary School. Adding on to her already impressive resume, she is now a regular contributor to Yummy Magazine.

Who in your life has influenced your baking the most?

Two people: First, Jean Yves Duperet – he’s the french chef who was my boss in san francisco. he owned a patisserie called La Nouvelle Patisserie. Second, Bo Friberg – he was my chef in California Culinary Academy. Both were extremely talented. they taught me the science and art of baking.

Which book has had the biggest impact?

When I’m researching for formulas, I use Bo Friberg’s The Professional Pastry Chef Book. For leisure, I get a lot of inspiration from Martha Stewart Baking and Alice Medrich’s Cocolat Book.

What was your first job in the food business?

My first job was at La Nouvelle Patisserie. I worked there as a pastry assistant specializing in fresh fruit tarts, mousse cakes, napoleons, pies, muffins, filled croissants, jams etc. On my free time, I handled the deli section of the patisserie creating sandwiches and savory pies.

When did you decide you wanted to open Goodies n’ Sweets?

Goodies N’ Sweets has been in existence since 1986. It was owned by the family of my best friend. they opened a bakeshop because a lot of people wanted to order the cakes that they were giving away to friends. Then in 1999, they didn’t want to operate it anymore so we decided to merge it with my company C’est Si Bon Corp. I took charge of the operations and gave Goodies n’ Sweets a new look. since then, I’ve been the one managing the stores and the commissary.

What is your favorite item on the your menu?

For the food – I like Grilled Chicken Mediterranean. For the pasta, I like the ever reliable Carbonara or the Tuna and Capers Pasta. For dessert – I go for the Banoffee and Chocolate Lava Cake.

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

I went to Oregon in 2004 and ate at this restaurant named Clark and Louis and they served organic fresh produce. They served food family style and the menu changes occasionally to serve food that’s in season. The style is more on the italian and mediterranean food.

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

I love Sala for fine dining. I have been a patron since they first opened in Manila. For casual dining – I love Cibo. the quality of the food has been so consistent and the service is superb. there’s also a place in timog that we frequent for lunch meetings when im in the area – Cafe Uno. I like it bec they always have a daily special.

What junk food do you love?

I don’t eat much junk and I don’t normally keep a stash in my home but if I do crave, I go for the old red Chippy and cheese flavored Clover Chips.

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

I don’t really fancy sea cucumbers and innards.

Just between us, what are your future plans?

I want to open more Goodies n’ Sweets shops around the Metro and globally if possible. I also want to open an all day breakfast place and I’m crossing my fingers, hopefully by mid year, an asian food restaurant.

Many thanks to Ocs Alvarez and Yummy Magazine for Chef Aileen’s photo.

Goodies N’ Sweets
108 Car Park 1 Building
Greenhills Shopping Center
Telephone: (02) 722 8740

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  • MARCH 31, 2008 10:38 AM

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  • APRIL 1, 2008 1:45 PM

    canDIshhh said...

    I love Goodies and Sweets!! Especially their Tiramisu!!! Yummy!!!

  • APRIL 2, 2008 7:41 AM

    ChichaJo said...

    An all day breakfast place...yes please!!! :)

  • APRIL 3, 2008 11:34 AM

    katrina said...

    I've heard several bakers say they want to someday open an all-day breakfast place. Please, please, one of you DO IT ALREADY! ;-D

  • APRIL 7, 2008 4:14 AM

    AP said...

    i love aileen's chocolate decadent (or is it decadent chocolate) cake? and the turtle pie. and yes to the breakfast place.....like a 24 hour joint. nothing like comfort food at 4 in the morning after a night of drinking. similar to Cafeteria in Chelsea

  • APRIL 14, 2008 6:08 AM

    Verão said...

    Everytime I go back to Manila, I make sure to grab any of Aileen's delicious cakes- especially her decadence and turtle pie. Ever since I can remember, every birthday in the family, I make sure to buy a cake from Goodies. It's always a sure winner! And every time I go back here to Singapore, I make sure to bring with me a dozen of her ensayamadas to my office which my local colleagues truly enjoy. One of them even kept the Goodies box and left it on his desk to keep on display! - Pinky Calica-Vierra

  • AUGUST 3, 2011 11:57 PM

    tinjie said...

    i love their Carrot Cake! :)

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