We Made It! We re­visit some of the food biz own­ers we’ve fea­tured in the past and see how far they’ve come

Yummy (Philippines) - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Pa­trick Mar­tires Text by Kris­tine Fonacier, with ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Anna Felipe Styling by Kaye Cu­nanan Gon­za­les of K. by Cu­nanan Cater­ing Pro­duced by Anna Felipe

Over the years, we’ve fea­tured a lot of food busi­nesses. All of them have been built on pas­sion (not to men­tion ex­cel­lent qual­ity), but only a few stand the test of time. We in­vited some of our fa­vorites to an in­ti­mate party, to re­visit their sto­ries and cel­e­brate their suc­cesses.

The food busi­ness is a crowded busi­ness. When en­trepreneurs de­cide to start some­thing up, they’re most likely to choose food be­cause it sounds like a sure bet—don’t all Pi­noys love to eat? But it’s an ever-chang­ing and fickle in­dus­try, and not even qual­ity will guar­an­tee suc­cess. When a busi­ness sur­vives for many years, it’s a cause for cel­e­bra­tion for all of us: The own­ers can revel in their suc­cess, and we con­sumers wel­come the fact that they’ve be­come a part of our lives.

Clock­wise from top left: Juliet Her­rera-chen of Seren­itea. Pretty details hand­picked by Kaye Cu­nanan Gon­za­les. A stand­out salmon dish is served to the guests. A spread fit For Yummy's 10th birth­day. Café Mary Grace’s Adrian Di­macali and Car­men’s Best’s Paco Magsaysay share a laugh. The Mango Bene is a must-try spe­cialty cake from Café Mary Grace. Mar­ian Di­macal­i­calaquian of Café Mary Grace.

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