Meet The Chef: Ghel Bagwan


October 26, 2017 | BY Philippine Tatler

Discovery Shores Boracay makes sure you get your dining fix. Read on to meet Indigo Restaurant's main man!

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What inspires you both in the kitchen and out?

My family is my number one inspiration. In the kitchen, I’m always inspired to work with my fellow chefs, butchers and stewards. For me, they are the unsung heroes who make every meal pleasurable and delicious. The brotherhood and camaraderie we have as a team complement each individual’s passion and dedication. Hence, enable us to create culinary masterpieces. Those are the same reasons why we can keep up with long hours of work in the kitchen.     
What do you cook for yourself when you are at home?
At home, I go for traditional Filipino food. Simple yet satisfying.
What are your favourite ingredients?
I love aromatics – garlic, onion, shallots, lemongrass, bay leaf and ginger as these ingredients bring distinct dimension or flavour to any dish. Of course I can’t leave salt and pepper behind as these two harmonize everything on the plate.
What would you like to tell people when they are eating your food?
I always emphasize that most ingredients we use are locally sourced. Thus, we are able to use fresh ingredients on almost all the dishes we prepare. We are also strong supporters of sustainable seafood and the use of heirloom rice because it supports our local industry.

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What challenges have you encountered in the F&B industry that have made an impact on you?
The rising cost of quality ingredients and transporting these to the provinces such as those situated in resorts, just like us, are some of the challenges that affect our everyday operations.
Who is your ideal person to cook for? Why?
I would say cooking for another chef is something that excites me. The pressure allows me to become more creative because I know I’ll be cooking for someone who knows food very well.
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Do you have any other projects you are working on?
I’m currently working on our third restaurant outlet and roof bar lounge as part of the property expansion of Discovery Shores Boracay. Both outlets will open next year.
Do you have a favourite food or type of food that you like to eat?
Tocino and sinigang soup are my top favourites. I also love eating savoury food items that have a dash of sweetness.


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