It was not an easy way up for Chef Sau Del Rosario. He described it as a nightmare: “I experienced all the maltrato, everything. But, you know what, I’m glad I did it because I’ve learned a lot, it was a learning experience.”

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Abraham Lincoln once said, “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

This saying goes with Chef Sau Del Rosario, who is Sam Oh’s co-host for GMA News TV’s cooking-dating show, Sarap to Heart.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) together with other entertainment writers got the chance to hear Chef Sau’s story, during the Sarap to Heart hosts’ pocket interview last May 11, at Napa restaurant, Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City.

Chef Sau grew up in a family of chefs, and his interest was further honed when he studied at the Culinary Institute of America.

He pursued Hotel and Restaurant Management course at University of the Philippines- Diliman before they migrated in Las Vegas, Nevada.

KAPAMPANGAN IN PARIS. But the life in America did not really “entice” Chef Sau.

He was looking for something better than life in America could offer.

“My whole family is in Vegas.

“I was there for two months, we migrated, e, and nakikita ko ‘yong mga sisters ko na they work, they go home, they’re tired.

“Sabi ko, ‘No, this is not the life I want to live.’”

So, he looked for the life that he wanted in France. He studied while training at the same time.

He first trained in Restaurant L’universe in Nice. After few years, he transferred to Le Divellec restaurant in Paris.

He compared his life in France with Linguini, the main character in the animated film Ratatouille (2007).

“I was the training type na binabatukan ng mga chef, and that time I can only speak little French,” he explained with a laugh.

“So, actually parang movie siya talaga kasi kapag break namin I would smoke, would cry sa river bend. E, di ba, sa movie do’n niya na-meet ‘yong rat?