Claire, son set up new res­tau­rant

Tempo - - Front Page - By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA

OPM icon Claire dela Fuente and her son Chef Jigo de Guz­man are part­ners in a newly opened res­tau­rant called The Noo­dle Stu­dio in Pasig City.

“Our res­tau­rant has just opened. It’s all about Asian com­fort food,” said De Guz­man, dur­ing an in­ter­view at the high-end res­tau­rant lo­cated at the 2nd floor of Ayala Malls The 30th on Mer­alco Av­enue.

Dela Fuente, who also owns the Claire dela Fuente Grill and Seafood on Ma­ca­pa­gal Av­enue in Pasay City, re­called how the new res­tau­rant busi­ness came to be.

“Ang gal­ing kasi ng palate ng anak ko. Kung ma­g­a­l­ing ang palate ng naglu­luto, ang food n’ya is very tasty.’’

De Guz­man fin­ished AB English Lit­er­a­ture at the Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity in 2010. Af­ter four years, Dela Fuente said that her son got bored and wanted to go back to school.

“’Mag-mas­ter’s na lang kaya ako?’ sabi nya. I told him ‘mamili ka – mas­ter’s or culi­nary?’ So nag en­rol sya sa En­derun. Then in Paris, he learned French cui­sine at Le Jules Verne lo­cated at the sec­ond floor of Eif­fel Tower for seven months,” Dela Fuente said.

Im­mor­tal songs

Dela Fuente is a pop­u­lar singer be­hind the im­mor­tal songs “Sayang,” “Nakaw Na PagIbig,” and “Min­san Min­san” in the 1980s.

These days, she is still thrilled to hear her songs on the ra­dio ev­ery Sun­day. “Naririnig ko yan. Proud ako dahil ilang artist ba ang may ganyan? Kokonti lang ta­laga kami.”

Dela Fuente also said that while her song “Sayang” is very pop­u­lar, her big­gest-sell­ing

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CLAIRE de la Fuente and Chef Jigo de Guz­man at The Noo­dle Stu­dio.

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