Meet Our Friends
The contributors who worked on this issue share their favorite Yummy memories.
MIGUEL NACIANCENO, photographer, “The World on a Plate ” (page 48) and “Let Them Eat Cake” (page 68)
A few years ago, Yummy sent me to Bangkok and Chiang Mai to shoot photos of one of the editors taking cooking classes, to eat at one of Thailand’s best heritage restaurants, and to take travel photos. I hope to do more assignments like that again!
ALDWIN ASPILLERA, photographer, “On Trend!” (page 38)
Working with the talented Yummy people (past and present) has always been fun and exciting. I always look forward to Yummy shoots because they don't feel like work to me. They feel more like hanging out with a bunch of talented friends to eat and share stories.
LHAS ALVAREZ, food stylist, “The World on a Plate” (page 48)
My assignment for Yummy’s February 2017 issue was extra memorable because I did it with my son Macu. I developed the recipe for In The Kidchen, while he did the demonstration. It was a fun mother-son bonding activity! We love to cook, bake, and eat together, and it was truly special to do it for our favorite food magazine.
TOTO LABRADOR, photographer, “Icons of the Industry” (page 78)
That shoot with Smoke’n Sweets for May 2016’s Making It section is way up there! The food was great, the company even better. Plus, thanks to the brand’s Bacon Club, I now have smoked bacon delivered to my doorstep every month.
CHRISTA MENDIOLA, recipe developer, “On Trend!” (page 38)
Each shoot with the Yummy team is a unique and memorable experience, and just like wine, it gets better over time. Thank you for the warmest welcome! I am forever grateful for the love.
MICHAEL ANGELO CHUA, photographer, “15 Kitchen Hacks That Really Work” (page 16)
I will always remember the first time I shot one of Yummy’s main recipe features. That was when I saw firsthand how the team works to produce the stories for each month. While it’s a lot of hard work, it’s also a lot of fun!
MELANIE JIMENEZ, food stylist, “Family Treasures” (page 58)
I will never forget that one assignment when I was styling pies, and something fell on the star dessert of that shoot. You can just imagine how loud the shrieks were when that happened! It was a noisy, fun afternoon with the team.
LIEZL YAP, writer, “Icons of the Industry” (page 78), and former Yummy editor in chief
A few years ago when we were shooting our November cover, our art director accidentally smashed part of the cheesecake that was our cover subject. I will never forget the collective cry of anguish that followed. Thankfully, we were able to reconstruct it!
ZEE CASTROTALAMPAS, stylist, “Let's Celebrate!” (page 28), and former Yummy features editor
Two of the most challenging–and fun!– shoots I produced were with associate editor Idge Mendiola. The first had us filling a van with prop-packed carts, baskets, and a bike! The other had us hunting down Asian food stores from Binondo to Fairview. We survived with lots of snacking in between.
PATRICK MARTIRES, photographer, cover, “Let's Celebrate!” (page 28), “Family Treasures” (page 58), and “We Made It” (page 88)
I won't forget shooting the Cagayan de Oro story for the September 2014 issue. We attended a festival where tribal leaders sacrificed a live pig to commemorate the opening, and I thought, "Now this is food photography."