Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef John Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef John Magsino #morethanlumpia
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ John Magsino is a first generation Filipino born in Quezon City, Philippines but raised predominantly in New Jersey by his two hard working and selfless parents. Their focus on a solid work ethic and strong emphasis on family early on, would help to create the foundation needed to handle the industry that John would later enter.
Knowing that cooking was the only passion for him at an early age, he enrolled into the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY shortly after graduating high school in 2007. From there he learned the basics of how to put the love and passion he felt from his grandmother’s food into something tangible that others could enjoy. In 2009 he graduated with his AOS in the culinary arts and began his obsession with challenging himself and learning more about his craft.
Little did he know that his greatest inspiration and drive would come from meeting his wife and having a family. His wife (Kristen) and three children (Noah, Liam, and Sophia Marie) are his inspirations for what he does now and have been the greatest influences in his cultural reawakening in his cooking. John now works at Preserved Restaurant in St. Augustine. He started as a sauté cook, worked his way up to Sous Chef, and recently took over the mantle of Chef de Cuisine for the highly acclaimed eatery.
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Happy Asian Pacific American heritage month. We fe Happy Asian Pacific American heritage month. We feature our Jax Filipino Chefs, Meet Chef Wesley! 
@chefwesleynogueira / @khloes.kitchen #morethanlumpia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wesley Nogueira was born in 1987 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A few years later he moved to the states and resided in Philadelphia, PA. His Filipino mother raised his younger brother and himself by ingraining hardworking values derived from his Filipino and Brazilian backgrounds.
Wesley was very fond of the kitchen at a young age and found himself always being around his mother and her friends while they cooked simple Filipino dishes. At the age of 15 he moved to Jacksonville, Florida with his mom and brother. While there, Wesley attended Robert E. Lee Senior High School and University of North Florida. While in college he worked at a few family owned restaurants but it was not until the birth of his daughter Khloe where he was determined to turn an everyday job of cooking into his passionate career. Wesley decided to drop out of college and pursue a career in the kitchen.
He started working at 2009 in Bistro Biscottis (bbs), a highly established local casual dining restaurant. He worked under the influence of Chef Carlos Ramirez and Chef Josh Agan. In 2014 at the age of 27, he was promoted to Executive Chef at bbs. While at bbs, Wesley has used his platform to bring new age dishes to the Jacksonville area and has worked numerous events with local chefs such as Tom Gray and Matthew Medure.
In May 2017, Wesley started his chef/owned catering company called Khloe’s Kitchen inspired by his daughter. He serves modern-eclectic inspired cuisine obtained from his fine dining knowledge and his upbringing from his Filipino-Brazilian roots.
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Cheers to our Jax Filipina Chef, meet Chef Leni! @ Cheers to our Jax Filipina Chef, meet Chef Leni! @leni.r0se #morethanlumpia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Born and raised in Candelaria, Quezon Province, Philippines, Chef Leni Rose Magsino developed a passion for cooking at an early age working in her family’s farm to table restaurant.  She attended the University of the East in Manila and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
While it was hard for Chef Leni to leave her family behind, she moved to America at the age of 25 to pursue her dreams of becoming a chef in the land of unlimited opportunities. Chef Leni attended Florida State College Jacksonville and earned an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Management.
While attending FSCJ, Chef Leni started working at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. She was quickly promoted to Sous Chef and placed in charge of the Spa Kitchen where she was afforded the opportunity to experiment with locally grown ingredients that enabled her to showcase her talent of creating dishes that are healthy and flavorful. Chef Leni owns The Perfect Pear Catering Company, where she continues to incorporate locally grown, sustainable products, adding a touch of wholesomeness to her dishes.
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Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef Jame Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef James!@ay_nako_james #morethanlumpia~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ James Victorino attended Florida State College at Jacksonville and launched his culinary career studying under the executive pastry chef at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. He developed his skill set as line cook and pastry assistant at Matthew's in Jacksonville before returning as a cook at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra.Demonstrating an ability to create delectable desserts, Victorino accepted the role of pastry chef where his duties included cake decorating, production of baked goods and on-site and off premise catering. Victorino joined One Ocean Resort & Spa as pastry lead cook, where his performance and attention to detail in all aspects of the party arena accelerated him to earn the role as pastry chef.Victorino now oversees a talented team of chefs to present innovative desserts and pastries for weddings, meetings and events at One Ocean Resort & Spa.
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Cheers to our Jax Filipina Chef, meet Chef Cez! @c Cheers to our Jax Filipina Chef, meet Chef Cez!
@cezmelzer  #morethanlumpia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Born and raised in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, Cezanne Izle Melzer started with a simple cake that she was asked to decorate. From that moment on, she was hooked on pastry, and especially desserts.
With more than three years of experience and a lot of studying, practicing, and baking, Melzer now oversees the Bakery at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa where she pours her creativity into each Pastry, Cake and Dessert and studiously applies her twist to make each enjoyable to everyone.in 2015 from Far Eastern University. Few months after her graduation, she moved back to America at the age of 21 to find more opportunities and pursue her dreams.
She started working as a Pastry cook at Fenway Park (Boston, Massachusetts) and was promoted to a Pastry Supervisor after one season. When she moved to Florida with her husband, Melzer landed the Pastry Chef position at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club, a position she held for a year and a half before she took on her current role of Pastry Chef Supervisor at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL). With more than three years of experience and a lot of studying, practicing and baking, Melzer now oversees the Bakery at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa where she pours her creativity into each Pastry, Cake and Dessert and studiously applies her twist to make each enjoyable to everyone.
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Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef Rick Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef Rick!
#morethanlumpia @chefricklaughlin 
Chef Rick Laughlin’s passion for cooking started at an early age. His fondest childhood memories are of family and friends gathered around a meal. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Laughlin is a second-generation Filipino deeply influenced by his mother’s Filipino-American cooking and his father’s work ethic.
Laughlin’s love of food led him to culinary school at Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona. After graduation, he joined the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, followed by further training at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman. In 2002, he accepted a position at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and later became part of the opening team for the new concept, Salt, the hotel’s signature fine dining restaurant.
In 2010, Rick became Chef de Cuisine for Salt, and for the past 8 years he has led the AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant, where he continues to redefine Contemporary American Cuisine with his philosophy of “Keeping flavors familiar, and most importantly, keeping the integrity of the ingredients.” In 2016, Laughlin was invited to cook at an invitation-only dinner at the celebrated James Beard House in New York City.
Chef Rick’s innovative ideas, contemporary techniques, and integration of salts from around the world has taken Salt Restaurant to new heights and garnered accolades ranging from the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award (2012-2019), Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame (2010-2017). He has also been honored with the 2016 Rising Star Marriott Award of Culinary Excellence as well as being featured in Emeril’s Florida Season 3, Forbes Travel Guide and Saveur Magazine.
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Celebrating our Jax Filipina Chefs, meet Chef Mela Celebrating our Jax Filipina Chefs, meet Chef Melanie!
@moomellie #morethanlumpia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Chef Melanie Cuartelon is a second generation Filipino American born and raised in North Florida (Orange Park). Her passion for the kitchen stems from her mother and her grandmother. Seeing them cook and bring joy to others through food brightened Melanie’s eyes, knowing that in her future, she would be no more than 10 feet away from a kitchen!
She is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island for Baking and Pastry in 2007, finishing her schooling at the Rosen School for Hospitality at UCF with a Bachelor of Science in Restaurant/Food Service Management in Orlando, Florida in 2009.
Since graduating, Melanie has worked in a variety of kitchens and bakeries, having landed her currently at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa. For the past four years, she was in charge of the Sawgrass Bakeshop as their Pastry Supervisor and most recently taken on the role as Sous Chef overseeing the banquet kitchen operations for the hotel. Having the chance to make people smile through her food is the most gratifying feeling for Melanie.
Outside of work, Melanie loves to spend time with her boyfriend Josh, mother Lolita, sister Natalie and her most adorable nephews and loves of her life, Jack and Jimmy. Along with family time, you will also find Melanie skipping around Disney World and just being a kid!
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Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef Jojo Celebrating our Jax Filipino Chefs! Meet Chef Jojo!
@jojohernandez / @abstraktfilipinoessence / @feedyourcreation ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Born in the Tayug, Pangasinan, Philippines, Jojo Hernandez has over 17 years of culinary experience since he immigrated to the United States in 1995.
Jojo received his Medical Assistant Associate Degree in 1998 but quickly realized that culinary was his passion. In 2001, he attended FCTI School of Culinary Arts and became an apprentice. He became the Sous Chef at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in 2002 and was the Executive Sous Chef at the Florida Yacht Club, until recently, when he opened @abstraktfilipinoessence full-time.
In 2015, he had the opportunity to start up his own pop-up business, Abstrakt Filipino Essence – bringing the comfort of Filipino food to Jacksonville locals. Now his food truck is serving up delicious Filipino Food! You will occasionally find him as a vendor at Hemming Park’s Gastofest and Filipino Pride Day.
You’ll also find Jojo hosting family gatherings at his house for Sunday dinners. When Jojo isn’t in the kitchen, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, Razzlyn, and wife, Desiree, at Disney World.
Have you met Chef Jojo? What's a fun memory you share with him and his food?
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Yay! The final piece to the puzzle. You can see th Yay! The final piece to the puzzle. You can see the bigger picture from our feed. And follow @jaxfilipinochefs to see our journey as we promote the Filipino culture and food movement! #MORETHANLUMPIA
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The sunrays of the sun symbol of the Filipino Flag The sunrays of the sun symbol of the Filipino Flag!
You can see the big picture when you check out our feed. 
Did you know the Philippines is made of over 7641 islands? A system of islands is called an archipelago. #MORETHANLUMPIA
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This is the Filipino flag with the blue part on top. Did you know that, having blue on top means a time of peace in the Philippines.  The more you know 🙂
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Yay! Proud to be pinoy! This pic looks better from Yay! Proud to be pinoy! This pic looks better from our feed. 
Wanna see filipino food? A film documentary about Filipino Chefs? Follow us to see whats coming. #MORETHANLUMPIA
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