DREAMS ARE MADE BY LIQUID GOLD
by Arnold Alesna
When a dream is driven by passion, there is no reason for it not to come into reality. Such is the case of known liquid chef, Chef Kalel Demetrio – the man behind the name Liquido Maestro (Liquid Master).
From humble beginnings, he worked his way up and be where he is now. From a simple restaurant staff, to a bartender, to a name and status he desired now, he never forgets his humble beginning.
As a liquid chef, Kalel has never strapped himself down to simply creating cocktails – which is common to most mixologist, he pushed himself in creating innovative infusion and drinks suitable to all ages.
From simple juice or iced tea with a twist, to cleverly mixed smoothies and satiny smooth cocktails, Kalel will show you what he can do and what his mind can create. An advocate of the farm-to- glass principle, he believes that nature has given us a lot of things to use and enjoy as a consumable item.
Not only can he create drinks of wonder but also food of delights. He has collaborated with other restaurants creating flavors that are tongue-talizing to one’s senses. He also now have a restaurant where in shows his kitchen and bar skills. Like any other chef’s, he believes in stimulating the senses of people to enjoy the bounty coming from Earth. Not only are his drinks visually and taste bud-dancingly good but also has texture and scent delight. He likes to explore the local market of a certain place to know the community and see what unknown goods he can harvest and try in his laboratory. Part of the long list of bars and restaurants wherein his creations are featured are: Big Bad Wolf, Gorda and Green Pastures.
He is a man of duty and obligation. Kalel knows how to balance his personal life with that of this work demand; a caring individual to those who are close, important and of value to him. Despite his tight work schedule, he still manages to give time and space to himself and those he love.
Liquid may be his working craft but Kalel delivers with a punch to remind you of the experience you had with his creative concoction.
Chef Thomas Murillo
April is a busy month for a good number of people in the food service industry as Madrid Fusion 2017 takes place. From April 6 – 8, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, people from near and far places come together to share their passion for food. Part of the delegation representing Calabarzon is the chef behind the placed tagged as “definitely not your ordinary food find among the rising places at Tagaytay Ridge”; this is Chef Thomas Murillo of Wild Juan.
His love for food started young and he took his first step towards it during his sophomore year as a Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student at the College of Saint Benilde. He decided to take commercial cooking and culinary arts at First Gourmet Academy and had his apprenticeship at 2nds after. This lead him further by becoming one of the pioneering member behind Paprika PH and years later his own restaurant at a family-owned place at Tagaytay Ridge. Wild Juan is born.
Wild Juan bears the concept of East meets West and is delivered with the hospitality of Filipinos in the Southern part of Luzon. His food creations are something that we are all familiar with but are delivered with a twist and flair. Perfect sample are the Sisig Paksiw, Krispy Kasoy Kare-Kare (KKK) and Gumbulalo. Three common dishes but comes with a new level of flavor and goodness due to techniques and passion.
Learning never ends for Chef Thomas as he earns his NCII Commercial Cooking and ServSafe: Food Safety & Sanitation certificates. He pushes himself to be the best and at par to the world, thus making his quality for food high and passion much higher. He doesn’t stop there as he then shares his knowledge and passion this coming Madrid Fusion 2017 to foreign delegates and proudly represent Calabarzon.
Chef Thomas Murillo, stays humble yet proud of his craft thus from love of food it now is a burning passion. Come at the biggest food event this season at the SMX in Pasay or visit Wild Juan located at KM 68 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway and experience the comfort and passion that he shares at every plate served.
The Wild Juan is located at KM 68 Pinesville, Tagaytay- Nasugbu(National) Highway, Tagaytay City, 4120, Philippines
For Inquiries/reservation: +63 9154324196 +63 9178404211