Last July 4, young actor Edgar Allan Guzman, along with other celebrities, finished an intense 6-day culinary course under Chef Mafe Seva of Cuisinier Studio. (CLICK HERE to read related story)
"Masaya, siyempre. Para sa 'kin, proud ako sa sarili ko kasi hindi naman ito yung usual na ginagawa ko, e," says Edgar Allan after he received his certificate of completion for the program.
For six consecutive days, the TV 5 star-turned-kitchen worker learned the secrets of gourmet cooking from buying quality ingredients down to the proper way of serving guests.
He says it was quite an experience doing something far from what he's accustomed to in showbiz.
"Kasi sa TV, sumasayaw, kumakanta, umaarte. Dito kailangan focused din kami and dito kasi tantsahan, e. Tantsahan ang salt, tantsahan ang pepper mo.
"Lahat pag-aaralan mo, lahat gumagalaw sa 'yo—isip mo, panlasa mo, kamay mo, paa mo."
Edgar Allan says he's no stranger to the kitchen as he used to cook simple meals for his family at home.
His specialty: "Actually, nagluluto po ako ng adobong tuyo sa bahay. Adobong tuyo lang, pinakukuluan lang siya tapos ipiprito mo sa mantika saka bawang, 'yun na-master ko 'yun."
Cooking and trying out new recipes is something that Edgar Allan always wanted to explore, but never had the chance since he entered show business.
"Naisip ko [noon] parang gusto kong maging chef. Sinabi ko kay Sir Noel [Ferrer, his manager], 'Sir, pag may klase po gusto ko pong maging chef balang araw.
"Ayun, tamang tama na yung pagdating nitong 6-day culinary class. Sabi ni Sir Noel, 'O, aral kayo.'
"Sabi ko, 'Sige po, Sir. Okay lang, maglalaan po talaga ko ng oras, ng time, ng panahon.' Ayun, pinag-aral kami ni Sir Noel."
Edgar Allan admitted that if he didn't become an actor, he'd probably be pursuing a career in culinary arts or in basketball—his favorite sport.
SPECIALTY RECIPES. During his short course in Cuisinier Studio, Edgar Allan learned how to cook several dishes from appetizers to desserts.
Two of his specialties were the Beef Medallion and Mashed Potato recipes.