Is there a food you can’t bring yourself to eat?
Although I love Filipino food…. No balut for me
Your favorite quick meal to prepare at home?
Slow cooked cream of mushroom pork chops
Your worst kitchen nightmare?
Busy day and not being prepared
Best cooking tip for a novice?
Pay attention to details, burns will heal, and salt is your friend
What’s your last meal on earth? Pork Guisantes
Give us one reason why Orange County’s food scene rocks.
Orange County is a huge melting pot of ethnic diversities that play a major part of our culinary industry
What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking? Reggae, classic rock
If you could cook for anyone who would it be? My family at a backyard Luau
What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a customer?
I always cringe when customers want their steak extra well done medium burnt
What’s the best part about being a chef?
I love that I am able to bring an experience to the table through food.
What’s the most challenging part of being a chef? Keeping everyone happy
Chef Michael Pascua
What is your first food memory?
Cooking Pork adobo with my grandmother
Did you grow up in a cooking family?
Yes, my great grandfather was an Executive Chef in Canada.
Who has influenced your cooking the most?
I would have to say my mother. At a very young age she would always have me helping out in the kitchen.
Why did you become a chef? Everyone needs to eat
What did you want to be when you grew up? Artist
If I weren’t a chef, I’d be: Tattoo Artist
Who are your favorite chefs?
Masaharu Morimoto, Ferran Adria, Thomas Keller, and Massimo Bottura
Which seasonings don’t you respect?
None of them. You have to respect all seasonings
Which spices are underrated? Turmeric
Are there any culinary trends you like right now?
Sustainable food sources and innovative healthier dishes
Any trends you consider overrated? Flavored water
What do you think is the next worthwhile food/dining trend? Themed Dining
What food is your guilty pleasure? Salisbury steak
Some of the Greatest Chefs in the World are found in Orange County, California.