Behind every successful business is a hard working woman with a dream and a strong drive to achieve it.
From Margarita Fores – the owner of Cibo and more – to Abba Napa – the co-founder of The Moment Group, it comes as no surprise that Filipina women can definitely make things happen with a little bit of grit and passion.
As a way to celebrate Women’s month, we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on notable women food entrepreneurs who, despite these trying times, found a way to pursue their passion and build their own businesses to bring joy to Filipinos in the form of delicious dishes.
Established by four foodie sisters – Pamela Chuateco, Mariell Chuateco, Trixie Chuateco, and Marika Chuateco – who were just having fun experimenting in their kitchen, Taste and Tell is currently one of the go-to brands for sushi bake in Manila.
What makes Taste and Tell’s sushi bake stand out from the rest?
Aside from the aburi technique they do on their dishes, it’s definitely the secret sauce that one of the sisters, Pamela, created.
The fear of juggling academics and business side by side didn’t scare Michi Chua from making Michikko come to fruition. From a creative outlet, she turned her cooking and baking from a passion project to a humble cheesecake business.
What makes Michiko stand out from the rest?
They offer classic flavors of cheesecake – Blueberry and New York – and a unique flavor for the more adventurous – Creme Brulee Cheesecake.
Dishes by Boo is a brand established by no other than Jillian Lauren Tan, a food technology graduate, former product developer for a multinational seasoning and flavoring company, and surprisingly, someone whose business began simply because she was asked to recreate her family’s favorite dishes from specific restaurants.
What makes her dishes stand out from the rest?
She ensures that she carefully chooses the best suppliers and the best ingredients to bring out the best flavor from her dishes.
Born from the love of a mother who simply wanted to satisfy her daughter’s Korean food cravings, K-runch Crest is a brand that specializes in Korean corndogs with a recipe that took a whole lot of effort to perfect.
What makes K-runch stand out from the rest?
The variety of corndogs they offer from original to squid ink and even stuffed with noodles.
From sharing drink recipes on her blog to establishing an online business, Kate Suzara – the one behind Cafe Blanc PH – is one of the living proofs that you can definitely get what you want as long as you have some money, a little creativity, determination, and of course, love for what you’re doing.
What makes Cafe Blanc stand out from the rest?
They offer full-bodied coffee and delectable treats like cookies you can pair with their coffee.
A blessing from the heavens, the Hola Mamita brand actually came as an epiphany to Maling de Veyra’s son while walking in the park one day. In her words, her son “felt a nudge that [her] 30-year-old Puttanesca Adriano recipe must be shared to the public once and for all“. What happened after that, thanks to the whole family’s cooperation and hard work, she says “is history”.
What makes Hola Mamita stand out from the rest?
Their homemade dishes are perfect for sharing with family and friends.
When asked what made Dindin Espiritu start The Cheese Mesa, she said “We started our business when my husband got sick and I wanted to focus my energy into something positive.” A few grazing boards later and The Cheese Mesa has become one of the go-to brands for this beautiful and delicious food set-up.
What makes The Cheese Mesa stand out from the rest?
The fact that the owner wants to elevate charcuterie in the country by offering beautiful and high-quality grazing boards.
A family-run business, Aegyo Cakes actually began with a custom-made cake meant to be an expression of love – in the safest way possible – for a family member celebrating their birthday. Currently, they’re making cakes, perfect as a gift to not only family members but also friends and loved ones.
What makes Aegyo Cakes stand out from the rest?
Their innovative and cute cake designs.
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