LandCo’s Leisure Communities will always have a special place in my heart. Right after my mom’s passing, it was at Club Punta Fuego where I had moments of contemplation and healing. I also had a lot of fond times at Aquaria Beach Resort, Terrrazas de Punta Fuego and Playa Laiya with old and new friends. Their places of retreat were where I gazed upon the rich blues of both the sky and the sea, and where I looked up to catch the gazillions of stars above me.
Besides the stunning view of their properties, I also enjoy the different cuisines that they offer at their restaurants. And I got more inspired at Club Punta Fuego when I learned about the story of the chef behind our recent delicious 4-course dinner.
Thankfully, I was able to grab (and convince) someone the next morning to take a video of my short conversation with the chef. I thought it was something worth sharing to others. I hope you get to enjoy the short travels that I’ll share and Chef Nomer‘s journey below. 🙂
Delicious Filipino Food!
The discovery of the story at San Diego Restaurant…
As always, dinners at Club Punta Fuego was something that I look forward to. But I was surprised that this specific dinner would be something more noteworthy. As we started with the refreshing cold soup (I forgot what the dishes were called but I can clearly remember how they tasted, which was more important), our excitement started to emerge as to what our taste buds will experience next.
(Next, we were served with somewhat like one of my favorite appetizers from San Diego Restaurant – Black Shrimp Balls in Alioli, which I had a taste during the resort’s “Sip and Savor” event.)
I was already getting curious about the chef who was preparing all our meals when one of the ladies asked Ms. Ronie about him. I was already having a mental image of a tall, (maybe a bit chubby and in his 40’s he he) and foreign-looking chef who prepared all these dishes for us. But even before my mental picture of him was completed, Ms. Ronie shared a story about the chef that totally left us amazed. Suddenly, the mental picture of the typical chef disappeared.
While finishing off our main dish, a medium height, slender, young and Filipino guy in his chef jacket approached us. Then he started asking us about our food.
Imagine our surprise when Ms. Ronie introduced us to the man behind the delicious meals that we’re having! Knowing a brief background about his story, we immediately asked him about his life and about food. I also asked him if I could chat with him the next morning and record our conversation.
With a very unassuming and even timid look, he graciously agreed to talk the next day.
That evening, I was a bit jittery since it was going to be my first time to do something that I really love and been meaning to do – to get to know inspiring people and to share about them. Good thing the dessert course that we shared during dinner certainly gave me the sweetest and most relaxing slumber.
The next morning at Il Jardineto…
After a festive Italian lunch, it was my time to interview the chef. What’s the story behind a former construction worker and kitchen helper turned sous chef? What were his challenges and what were the key things that lead him to his dream job?
This and more as we discover the journey of Chef Nomer Granados:
I hope that Chef Nomer’s journey inspired you today. I also pray that he’ll stay humble and determined in pursuing his other dreams. Thanks for sharing your time, story, and love for food, Chef!
My quotable quotes from what I learned from Chef Nomer:
“Our background and environment will not fully determine our future and success. It’s how we’ll persevere, include the Lord and work diligently in pursuing our dreams that will make a difference in our lives and others.”
(If you know anyone who would be encouraged to hear Chef Nomer’s journey, feel free to share this to him or her. And if you went through an interesting story or know anyone who did, comment or message me here.)