Isabelle Daza is from a family that are considered pioneers in the local food scene. Her grandmother starred in the first ever cooking show in the country and wrote a cookbook that is a Bible for most Filipino households. Her uncle Sandy is also a food show host and restaurateur, while her aunt Nina is a cookbook author and advocate for local ingredients and traditionally cooked dishes as well.
Isabelle went on to co-host Taste Buddies, when she was a talent with GMA, with her good friend Solenn Heussaff. When she moved to ABS-CBN, her focus shifted to acting, but she is still mad for food. She admits that she chose Tuscany for her destination wedding last year because she knew the food would be good. “I really want my grandmother Nora to be a National Artist for Culinary Arts, but I don’t know how to go about it. Her cookbook is still a bestseller in National [Bookstore]and she started the home economics program in UP.” Like Iza, Isabelle has made healthy eating a way of life, and they both name The Wholesome Table as their go-to restaurant. But when they want to splurge, they love Wildflour. Isabelle is such a healthy eater that when we bring up food trends, instead of Cronuts or salted egg everything, she asks, “Does pasta made of zucchini strips count as a food trend?”
Isabelle even bases travel destinations on the food scene. “With Adrien’s family, we’ll be going to San Sebastián soon, and everyone knows it’s [one of the cities] with the most Michelin stars. Soon, I would love to explore Melbourne more; it’s the birthplace of third-wave coffee and they do fresh food so well.”
For her Preview.ph video, Isabelle composes an ode to her favorite summer fruit. When asked why, she answers quickly, “They’re just so good now!” Eating according to season is advanced foodie love.
Both Iza and Isabelle profess love for two local cooks: Erwan Heussaff and Bruce Ricketts. “I just love what Bruce does,” Isabelle says of the maverick chef. Of her own cooking style, she says, “I don’t really use recipes. Just give me a salmon and some vegetables and I will find a way, and it will taste good.”