A spir­ited pas­sion for healthy food

Food lover Justinne Lou Go casts a de­lec­ta­ble spell

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Cover Story - By Deneb Batu­can

HEN it comes to any­thing and every­thing about food, Justinne Lou Go is the per­fect per­son to fol­low. She takes be­ing a foodie to the next level as a food blog­ger, a chef and a nu­tri­tion­ist. For Justinne, food is what makes her world go round.

Born and raised in Cebu City, Justinne vividly re­mem­bers the start of her foodie in­stincts when she was just a lit­tle girl. “When I was around 3-4 years old, I couldn’t wait for my yaya to put the pancit can­ton on the ta­ble for me to eat. I went to the kitchen and tried to reach for the pancit in the pan, which was much taller than me at the time, and so my wrist landed on the pan’s rim,” she fondly re­called.

Her dad was a big in­flu­ence for her love for food. Her dad, a Chi­nese busi­ness­man, is not a cook, but he would ex­pose Justinne to un­com­mon food pair­ings like sweet mango and rice. He is also re­spon­si­ble for her love for veg­gies and made sure to de­velop the value of proper nu­tri­tion in her. That’s why un­til now, Justinne tries her best to in­cor­po­rate healthy eats and main­tain a bal­anced diet into her daily food grind.

Dur­ing high school, Justinne was al­ready set on a goal: to be a chef and a nu­tri­tion­ist. She first took up culi­nary arts at the In­ter­na­tional Culi­nary Arts Academy Cebu (ICAAC) and then pro­ceeded to take up nu­tri­tion and di­etet­ics at the Univer­sity of San Car­los.

“I wanted to be a chef be­cause I grew up watch­ing Wolf­gang Puck on TV and I was so fas­ci­nated with his Hol­ly­wood cater­ing, with the long pro­duc­tion lines and glam­orous food. It opened my eyes to see food in a dif­fer­ent way — that it can ac­tu­ally make peo­ple happy. As I was al­ready dream­ing of be­com­ing a chef, I came across an ar­ti­cle in the news­pa­per when I was in high school, say­ing that Shangri-la Mac­tan had hired a nu­tri­tion­ist. That was the first time I en­coun­tered that pro­fes­sion and I thought it would marry well with the be­ing a chef,” she shared.

For Justinne, she feels that it’s nat­u­ral for peo­ple who love to eat to delve into cook­ing. “For me, I wanted to cook be­cause I wanted to recre­ate my favourite dishes to have more of them all to my­self,” she said. “For me, eat­ing is not just a ne­ces­sity. It’s some­thing we should en­joy. Eat­ing is ac­tu­ally more sen­sual than it is es­sen­tial, as I would say. I love how food brings peo­ple to­gether like a com­mon lan­guage and it re­ally is a ma­jor part of our lives, be­ing in ev­ery spe­cial oc­ca­sion and emo­tional con­di­tion.”

Justinne’s love for food was then trans­lated

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