Judy Ann Santos studied cooking at the suggestion of her husband Ryan Agoncillo.
It started because she was feeling somewhat inadequate as a role model for their daughter Yohan, whom Judy Ann adopted in 2004 when she was still single.
The actress talked about this part of her life on the YouTube channel of her good friend Sharon Cuneta last September 30, 2020.
Judy told the Megastar, "Ang habol ko talaga sa pag-aaral ng culinary is I want to be a good example to Yohan. Si Yohan pa lang ang anak namin noon, e.
"Parang, I want her to be inspired to finish her studies kasi baka sabihin niya, 'Bakit ako magka-college, ikaw nga hindi?'
"Ano isasagot ko? 'Oo nga naman. May point...'"
At some point in the conversation, the celebrity A-Lister opened up more about feeling insecure in other ways as well.
She intimated to Sharon, "Nagkakaroon ako ng insecurity doon sa part na nag-uusap iyong mga katrabaho kong artista ng English, hindi ako maka-jump in... 'Sige, babaklain ko na lang kayo.'
"Meron akong ganoon. Alam ko in my heart I want to learn something. I want to study something.
"Maniwala ka, ang una ko talaga gusto pag-aralan, make-up, prosthetics. Gusto ko siya pag-aralan.
"Ewan ko, parang may intres lang ako doon sa thought na, parang ang sarap panoorin nung mga make-up artists that could do prosthetics. Para sa akin ibang skills iyon.
"Kaya ko lagi sinasabi si Ryan iyong igniter, e. Siya iyong nagfe-feed sa akin kung ano pa puwede ko gawin. Nagsimula sa culinary."
Judy Ann decided to pursue cookery under the guidance of Chef Gene Gonzalez, the founder of Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS).
her culinary journey so far
At the launch of her first cookbook Judy Ann's Kitchen in July 2015, Judy Ann narrated this same story to the press.
The actress said she spent six months taking two certificate courses at CACS in 2006.
She took time off from showbiz to completely devote her time to school.
It didn't take long for Judy Ann after graduating from CACS to be recognized as a celebrity chef.
In 2018, three years after the publication of her cookbook, she started a cooking series on YouTube.
In 2019, Judy Ann and Ryan ventured into the food business and launched Angrydobo.
Their first food tasters are, of course, the couple's three kids—Yohan, Lucho, and Luna.