IS­ABELLE DAZA

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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.”

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