RAKI URBINA

Cebu Living - - Feature -

Restau­rants: Café La­guna, La­guna Gar­den, Lemon­grass, Ulli’s Streets of Asia, La­guna Cater­ing

Best sell­ers: Kare-kare, Roast Beef, Mga Pi­nan­gat, Siu Yuk ( Hong Kong- style Roast Pig)

Pro­file: The re­cent years have seen a rise in the pop­u­lar­ity of Filipino cui­sine. Our food has just got­ten the recog­ni­tion that it right­fully de­serves, but one per­son who has al­ways be­lieved in the po­ten­tial of our very own dishes is Raki Urbina, ex­ec­u­tive chef of the La­guna group.

Orig­i­nally plan­ning a ca­reer in bank­ing, the pull of the kitchen was too strong for Urbina, who was greatly ex­posed to it by his mother at a young age. After fin­ish­ing an Ad­vanced Culi­nary Arts Pro­gram from the Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica in Cal­i­for­nia, Urbina came back to Cebu and did a com­plete over­haul of Café La­guna, from re­train­ing their staff to chang­ing its business model, even­tu­ally trans­form­ing it into what it has be­come to­day, a fam­ily cor­po­ra­tion that boasts of a num­ber of spe­cialty restau­rants and one of Cebu’s most in de­mand cater­ing ser­vices.

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