Rachel Alejandro excited to release The Sexy Chef's cookbook

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Rachel Alejandro describes the cookbook she and her sister Chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck have been cooking up with Summit Books: "....recipes are framed with anecdotes, parang healthy tips."


In case you're wondering how Rachel Alejandro maintains her voice, she said daily rehearsals help.

At the press launch of Into The Woods last month, the play's lead star elaborated, "...[they] strengthen your voice because singing is like muscle memory din 'yan, e. It’s like learning a sport.

“Because you sing it everyday, you sing the songs everyday, by the time the show starts, parang alam nang hanapin ng lalamunan mo how to get those notes.

“Even if it’s so difficult to do. But yeah, by then, parang it becomes second nature."

But, of course, in her 25 years in showbiz, there have been incidents when she lost her voice.

“Well, napapaos din naman, like the other night, I was performing for this parang homecoming thing in San Beda.

"And one thing [that] can really make me lose my voice is if I can’t hear myself during the show.

“Because sometimes, you don’t know...I sing kasi I have to hear myself singing.

"If not, then I’m not enjoying myself so I tend to over-compensate if the sound system is [not working properly].

“I sing very loudly and I lose my voice."


THE SEXY CHEF. The topic shifted to her 11-year-old healthy food business with her sister Chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck.

What made her turn into a singing chef?

“Ever since naman talaga, when I was like a young girl, I was already getting chubby.

“And my sister, parang I asked her na parang mahilig din siya magluto.

“And together, we thought of, 'Let’s create healthy meals for people.'

“I was the investor and she was the talent.”

She also shared that even though her sister created the recipes for the business, there have been times when she cooks with her.

“I put together my own recipes. But the recipes that we feature in all of our diet programs, that’s Barni’s recipes.”

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She also divulged that they will be coming up with a cookbook, which will be published by Summit Books.

“Yes, so I write all of mga healthy lifestyle, I write the story.

“[It’s] kind of like a background story of how we ended up with this, how we came up with what our idea is of a healthy lifestyle, they’re parts of the book, and Barni writes the recipes.

“So parang our recipes are framed with anecdotes, parang healthy tips.

“That’s in the works now, we signed a contract with Summit Media.”

When are they planning to release the book?

“Siguro we’re looking at middle of the year.”



CONCERT TOUR AND MOVIE. Aside from the musical, Rachel is also busy preparing for a concert tour with her dad Hajji.

In The Blood, the concert that I had with my family last year, we’re working out like a tour also, for our concert for around the country and the U.S.

“We’re just looking at the schedules and paano naming puwedeng pagdugtong-dugtungin kasi we’re likefive, e. It’s my dad and me and then Niño, his brother Eddie, and my brother Ali.

“Because we’re five people, it’s harder to see available time. But that’s what we’re working on in terms of the concert side.”

She is also busy rehearsing for a musical independent film titled Ang Larawan, which will be directed by Loy Arcenas, and the music will be composed by Ryan Cayabyab.

“The film will be shot in June, but between February to June, we are piecing it together with Ryan Cayabyab kasi when it was a musical before, three hours yun e and it’s all music.

“Now that it’s a film, they have to put music and dialogue at the same time, so parang wino-workshop.

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"We have to do it over and over. We have to, ‘sige tanggalin na natin tong part na to.’ So it’s a long process.”

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