Words by: Mye Mulingtapang
Morris Danzen Catanghal’s passion for cooking was born when he was young and had to take care of his blind father while his mother and siblings toil miles away to provide for their family. Catanghal worked several different jobs including being a crew in fast food chains before becoming a private chef overseas.
He then found the love of his life, got married, and went to Italy. Catanghal was tasked to manage his in-laws’ restaurant and is now the head chef. All this is due to his hard work and dedication.
He loves the fact that as a Filipino he is learning a lot in Italy as a chef, from the culture and the Italian way of cooking to serving food and entertaining guests from different European countries. He also feels very much appreciated by Italian diners whenever they find out that he is of Filipino ethnicity. From this rich experience, he eventually learned how to prepare Italian dishes and created his own style of cooking where he combines Filipino and Sicilian cuisines.
But it’s not a walk in the park says Catanghal. There were challenges that he encountered along the way.
At the end of the day, creating a dish and serving it to people is not a one man job, teamwork is also important. Touching people’s hearts through food is what matters to the thirty-year-old chef.
He continues his passion even on social media. He creates dishes and shares his skills through vlogging to help and encourage everyone to cook in their own kitchen. His ultimate Filipino-Italian dish is our very own “Leche Flan” served with luscious coconut and lime sorbet paired with a
pineapple chutney cannolo. He also introduced a lot of our dishes like Adobo, Filipino-style barbecue, Kilawin, and Sinuglaw to international guests in Sicily. He tweaks the recipes to give them a unique and personal taste using Sicilian and Filipino ingredients.
Know more about Chef Morris Danzen and learn more recipes by following him on social media.
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Tip! Our flavorings are highly concentrated, enjoy more by shaking them before use and storing them at normal room temperature. (Do not store in a refrigerator nor in a cold place. )