Charming and confident with his
straightforward, rustic cooking style, Tristan Encarnacion
is one of the country's top celebrity chefs.
With a dream status envied and admired by many, Chef Tristan though swears he himself never conjured achieving such fame, as he never thought he can make a career out of cooking.
As a pioneer institution for culinary education, it was the perfect training ground for an aspiring professional cook like Chef Tristan.
first year at CCA
"It was fun, adventurous and eye-opening."
Although the second year showed him a clearer picture of the demanding nature of his
chosen profession, still he
embraced the challenge as he
knew this was where he
really wanted to be.
Shortly after getting his Diploma in Culinary Arts from CCA, Manila, Chef Tristan moved on with his career journey and went to the US to work for a new hotel, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort in Naples City, Florida.
came back for a vacation in 2003, but this short stay became a permanent one - under the spotlight that is, when he
was offered a hosting stint for a TV cooking show segment.
From this point onward, the bubbly chef has steadily risen in popularity among avid Filipino audiences.
This life-changing opportunity allowed Chef Tristan to explore the world of entertainment, reaping the perks while further honing his craft as a culinary artist.
Bigger breaks soon followed: He
own bistro, Bambouche; he
was also chosen by Sunnex, an international cookware brand, the first Filipino to endorse his
own signature line, Tristan's Chef's Classics.
Still active as TV host and as CCA, Manila's Kitchen Discovery mentor in charge of screening prospective culinary students, Chef Tristan said being ready for this career takes more than interest or basic technical know-how.
He maintained at being steadfast in discovering talents with genuine passion and dedication - the very cornerstone that make a CCA, Manila graduate an excellent breed, a cut that's above the rest.