At age 23, he opened, as chef-owner, Cafe Ysabel in San Juan. He is a Chef instructor to the Professional and Recreational courses. Aside from a series of apprenticeships in France and Italy, he has completed various specialized courses in food arts, Culinary Institute of America, California Culinary Academy and the Callebaut Chocolate College. He has undertaken research and development projects with major food manufacturers and flavor laboratories. He is a co-founder of the Alta Cocina Filipina, the movement for contemporary Filipino cuisine. An avid writer, he is editor to a weekly food page for one of Manila’s major newspapers and authored cookbooks including “Cocina Sulipena” a book on 19th century recipes from Pampanga. He is the only Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee in Culinary Arts and at present, author to a book series on Philippine cuisine. He was also board member of the College of Saint Benilde and at present, conseiller culinaire of the National board of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and also member of the London based International Wine and Food Society.


Name: Gene Gonzalez

Gender: Male

Age: 50

Birthday: December 25


Cocina Sulipeña. Culinary Gems from Old Pampanga.

Little Pinoy Cookbook Series.

The Little Adobo Book

The Little Dessert Book

The Little Ensalada Book

The Little Gulay Book

The Little Inihaw Book

The Little Kakanin Book

The Little Merienda Book

The Little Pancit Book

The Little Philippine Bar Book

The Little Pulutan Book

The Little Sabaw Book

The Little Ulam Book

The Little Lumpia Book

The Little Coconut Book

The Little Rice Book

The Little Egg Book

The Little Philippine Bar Book 2

Fundamentals of Cooking and Baking. Co-authored with Jill Sandique.

Going East. A Merging of Asian Culinary Styles


Chef Gene Gonzalez