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Pride of Sta. Ignacia

Name: Gerald “fonzy” Basilio
Address: Pugo cecilio sta ignacia
Birthday: june 1, 1984
Present work:Chef Giacomo Arengario Ristorante…. 2018 present

1st Filipino chef in Luxury restaurant in Milan Italy.
Owner of Fonzy Dance Fitness Studio in milan italy,
Event Director, Producer and Choreographer of MAKING YOUR DREAM EVENTS TO REALITY management 2013- 2017

High school: Camiling Colleges
College: TCA/TAU under grad Entrepreneurship course
Status: Married
Wife: Novy Catacutan
Profession: Registered Nurse, AUF ,
Masteral of Science in Nursing, CLDH
Parents: Mr & Mrs Bonifacio Basilio and Florentina Basilio
Present Address: Milan Italy,
Moto: “Our Skills and Passion has no Limit”
Mangarap, Manalangin, Magsikap

Carne di Capra Ubriaca, A Filipino Inspired Dish

Staying true to his roots, A Filipino Chef in Milan pays homage to Adobo and Caldereta.

I haven’t been to Milan. In fact, I have only been out of the country once for a 3-day trip. It got me incurably homesick by the 2nd day and it is not even as far as Milan. It has made me realize that maybe I am not one who fancies travelling abroad. However, I like hearing stories of Filipino travels and life abroad. I admire their courage and their tenacity as they endure all hardships and sacrifices in pursuit of a better life for them and for their families. Through social media, I’ve met Filipinos based abroad. One of which is a proud Filipino who has been living in Milan. And although he is based in Milan for years, Chef Gerald Basilio has remained loyal to his roots. He was generous enough to share his story and a recipe that pays homage to two of our Filipino favorites: Adobo and Caldereta.

Meet Chef Gerald Basilio, A Filipino Chef in Milan

Kahit narating ko na po ang gantong pwesto parang kulang kasi pangarap ko talaga jan sa atin

Chef Gerald Basilio

  • Paano po kayo naging chef sa Milan?

  • Kung may gusto po kayong ipakilalang pagkain Pilipino sa mga banyaga, ano po ito?

  • Ano pong pagkaing Pilipino ang namimiss nyo pag nasa Milan kayo?

  • Maari po ba kayong magbahagi ng isa sa mga niluluto nyong pagkain na Filipino inspired?

According to Chef Gerald, Carne di Capra Ubriaca is adobong kambing that is then cooked as caldereta to eventually become nilasing na kambing. Below is his recipe and cooking procedure:

Carne di Capra Ubriaca by Chef Gerald Basilio
Carne di Capra is goat meat and ubriaca means drunken.

As Chef Gerald continues his kitchen journey, he hopes that one day his return to the mortherland brings opportunity to share his passion for food with his kababayan. If you want to know more of Chef Gerald, follow him @chef_g_style on instagram.

Leaving you with an inspiring video of Chef Gerald by Richie Juan. Watch ’til the end and see how it feels to hear foreigners root for the Philippines as they say”Mabuhay Pilipinas”.


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