Chef Boy Logro: the no-English elementary graduate who cooked for a queen, a sultan, a princess, and a president

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Chef Boy Logro, a self-made man, reveals his recipe to success: “Unang-una, maniwala ka sa kakayanan mo, humility mo, at pangatlo, yung ika nga, yung humble beginning mo, wag mong kalimutan.” Also in the photo: TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva.


Chef Boy Logro has an inspiring rags-to-riches story.

Today, he is well known in the country as a celebrity chef and a cooking show host.

He is the main man of Idol sa Kusina, which is airing on GMA News TV.

He is also an owner of two culinary schools—one in Compostella Valley, Davao, and another one in GMA, Cavite.

A native of Biliran, Leyte, Chef Boy does not hide the fact that he is only an elementary graduate.

But who would have thought that this Ilonggo TV personality would later on become a sous chef at the Sultan’s palace in Oman, Jordan?

Even he himself never thought he would cook dishes for three world-famous people!

He also used to be the executive chef of a five-star hotel here in the Philippines.

It does not stop there.



TESDA AMBASSADOR. As a TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) ambassador, Chef Boy also teaches culinary lessons, such as how to whip up dishes, create breads, the proper attitude in the kitchen, to name a few.

He is more than happy to assume his new role, which enables him to share his knowledge to the young people.

“Bilang ambassador ako ng TESDA, so katuwang ako sa lahat ng mga mamamayan na walang-wala din, na katulad ko na nagsimula sa wala,” Chef Boy said when interviewed by PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press at the Mass Graduation of TESDA’s Step Training for Employment Program (STEP) held in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Antipolo City, on March 24, Tuesday.

And together with TESDA’s director general Joel Villanueva, “Iniisip namin ni Secretary, tutulungan natin ang mahihirap na ma-inspire, hindi yung parang hadlang na lang [ang walang alam].

“Unlike ako wala, nagsimula from scratch, nagsimula ako bilang helper, houseboy."

Chef Boy also commended TESDA’s programs to teach people for free, an oppportunity he didn't have before.

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“During my time, walang trainor, I studied by myself na talagang, wala, e.

“Hindi marunong magmakinilya, hindi masyadong magbasa ng English.

“Napag-aralan ko sa sarili ko na puwede pala maging chef kahit wala kang pinag-aralan, dahil elementary graduate lang po ako.

“So ito maganda kasi abot-kamay na at binigay ang kaalaman, andiyan si Secretary, at mga may trainor,” Chef Boy about TESDA’s programs.

RECIPE TO SUCCESS. Now a self-made man, what is Chef Boy’s secret to success?

“Unang-una, maniwala ka sa kakayanan mo, humility mo, at pangatlo, yung ika nga, yung humble beginning mo, wag mong kalimutan.”

He continued, “At yung kumpetisyon [sa] international, masuwerte lang ako kung bakit narating ko yun dahil malakas ang loob ko.

“Pumunta ako ng abroad, nag-apply ako na biro-biro lang, yun pala palasyo yung pupuntahan ko. Dun ako natuto.

“I served Queen Elizabeth [II], I served Princess Diana, I served the king of Oman, King of Jordan, President of America George Bush.

“So naisip ko elementary [graduate], puwede rin palang mag-serve sa mayayamang tao.”

Despite his fame, Chef Boy swears to remaining as he was before when he was not yet popular.

He resumed, “Yung mga tao siguro, dahil pag nakikita, nai-inspire siguro kaya sikat ako.”

And he intends to keep it that way: a good example.

“Hindi ko iniisip na sikat ako. Wala akong PA [personal assistant], wala akong driver.

"Ayokong damhin yon. Pag ganun ang status mo, parang nakalimutan mo nang gumalaw.

“Hands-on ako para naman nakikita ng tao na ito ang dapat nating gawin.

“Hindi yung sumikat ka lang nang bahagya, maangas ka na, arte-arte mo na.”

LOVE WHAT YOU DO. His culinary school in GMA, Cavite is his first, and he later on established a big school called Chef Logor’s Institute of Culinary and Kitchen Service in Compostela Valley.

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But his bigger dream: “Gusto ko sa ating bansa magkaroon ng first culinary university.”

He even joked that the school does not need to use English as its language, given that culinary centres in the country have the reputation of being expensive and for the elite.

“Ang importante, masasarap ang luto mo, English to follow. Hindi ako marunong mag-English,” he remarked.

Consistently, Chef Boy always reminded that the real secret to cooking delicious dishes is to be happy while cooking.

PEP asksed: How does he remain happy especially in those times he is really tired or has a problem?

“Kailangan wag mong isipin na pagod ka kasi may bayad ka, e.

“At saka as long as nag-e-enjoy ka, hindi mo iisipin na napapagod ka kasi kapag napapagod ka, talagang mapapagod ka.

“Set aside mo ang problema, 'di mo na [dapat] madadala 'yon. I-set aside mo.

“After the show, dun ka umiyak.”

And while, successful people are consistently asked about the secret to success, Chef Boy’s “secret” to success has not always been a secret.

“Ako kasi, from the heart. Wala akong sikreto.

“Ayokong pahirapan ang estudyante, dapat ituro. Turuan mo nang mahusay.”


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