Portland, OR


Born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Like most children of immigrant parents, I grew up in two worlds: An all American kid at school and Filipino as can be at home. Being a multi-sport athlete and honors student I seemed pretty normal. However, no one could imagine me at home eating fermented fish paste and braised pig feet with my bare hands. Nor did I want them to. I was sorta embarrassed and wanted to keep my home life private. My dual existence extended thru college and into my brief career in commercial real estate. In 2009 I left that industry to pursue my dream of becoming a chef. It was one of the best decisions of my life.

Since then, I've had the honor of working among some of Portland's best chefs and restaurants: Le Pigeon, Nostrana, Oven & Shaker, and XLB where I currently work as a sous chef.

I am so thankful and proud of what I had once kept secret. Filipino food and culture has made me the person I am today. I'm thrilled to be sharing my latest popup series 'JunJun' the Filipino term for Junior. This concept is a celebration of my Filipino American heritage, to honor all the JunJuns' of the past and inspire generations of the future.