April became Filipino Food Month on April 13, 2018, through Presidential Proclamation No. 469. Before this month comes to an end, we made a list of some notable Filipino chefs you can find on YouTube. Here are our top 5 Filipino chefs, along with their YouTube channels! Enjoy their scrumptious vlogs while learning about culture and cuisine.
1. Chef RV Manabat YouTube Channel
First on our list is Chef RV Manabat. He is an educator, award-winning cookbook author, and restaurateur. He is also one of the most viewed local YouTube channels with 522,000 subscribers. His YouTube channel features easy-to-make savory dishes and pastries as well as business ideas for home cooks. Equally important, Chef RV’s impressive culinary training includes a Master’s degree in Food Studies and Certificates in Wine and Artisanal Cheese programs from Boston University and a Master Chocolatier Program at the Chocolate Academy in Belgium.
Next, we have Chef Myke “Tatung” Sarthou, a culinary heritage advocate whose “Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter” won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Best TV Chef Book Outside Europe in 2017. He’s the host of Simpol, a Filipino YouTube cooking channel that features simple recipes, and Chef Tatung Official, a new lifestyle channel where the chef publishes videos about restaurant reviews and personal interests.
3. Chef JP Anglo
Chef JP Anglo was named the Philippine Tatler Dining’s Local Champion in 2020 for elevating Filipino cuisine. He owns Sarsa, a Filipino-Negrense restaurant that offers dishes made using local ingredients and techniques from all over the country. Also, you can get a taste of what Chef JP makes through his YouTube channel.
4. Chef Galang And MrsGalangsKitchen YouTube Channel
Filipino Chef Galang is the founder of Emelita Wong-Galang Culinary Arts Studio, Inc. in Angeles City, Pampanga, which is turning 41 this year. Before there was even YouTube, there was already Mrs. Galang’s Kitchen, the first TV show the Angeles City Cable Television Network’s community channel aired. Moreover, the recipes featured on MrsGalangsKitchen are easy to follow, doable, and use affordable and readily available ingredients.
5. Ninong Ry
Last but not least, we have Ninong Ry! The pandemic has affected many people’s livelihoods, but it also changed the lives of others for the better. One of those who struck gold is Ryan Morales Reyes or Ninong Ry. He’s a former head chef turned YouTuber. After the lockdowns hit his business, Chef Ninong Ry started posting cooking videos on YouTube with catchy titles and distinctive techniques when he found too much time on his hands. Nine months later, Ninong Ry has 717,000 subscribers and 2.4 million Facebook followers.