EVERYBODY knows that Judy Ann Santos cooks like a pro. She even went to culinary school to hone her cooking skills. She’s also quite known for her ‘Dirty Breakfast,’ which are delicious breakfast fares that she whips up for husband Ryan Agoncillo that are so good he eats them even before he washes up after early morning workout. And this is what Judy Ann shared in her and Ryan’s Dirty Breakfast booth at U.P. Town Center’s Open Kitchen: Best Kept Recipes of the Stars held at the Amphitheater of the neighborhood mall recently.
Other stars who shared their best kept recipe secrets by making them available at very affordable prices during the three-day event were Aiza Seguerra (Adobo in a Jar), Lovi Poe (EATcetera and its scrumptious Cheesy Lasagna, Ravioli, Pork Buns and Tacos), Ava Daza (Baguettini Gourmet Sandwiches), Mel Martinez (Cucina ni Bunso), Sam Milby (Third District Café and its coffee concoctions), Vice Ganda (Rice Ganda), JC De Vera (The Burgery), Priscilla Mereilles (Brazilian Bakery), Maricar Reyes (Kalookies), and Pokwang (Mamang Pokie’s). Most of the stars personally manned their booths and served customers, a lot of whom were star-struck and asked to have pictures taken with the celebrities they bought food from.
A one-of-a-kind affair, Open Kitchen: Best Kept Recipes of the Stars was like a star-studded weekend market of delicious eats and drinks, which had the celebrity-owned booths selling their specialties. Since it was hosted by The Clean Plate, which is owned by showbiz’s Deo Endrinal, the event turned out to be also star-studded in terms of entertainment. Providing live musical entertainment during the three-day affair were Angeline Quinto, KZ Tandingan, Erik Santos, Kyla, Markki Stroem, and The Voice stars Bradley Holmes and Daryl Ong. ‘Ser Chief’ Richard Yap did a duet with his daughter Ashley, while Gerald Anderson and Rayver Cruz hammed it up with audience participants in dance numbers. More than personally cooking in her Dirty Breakfast booth, Judy Ann Santos also put a limited number of her newly launched cookbook, Judy Ann’s Kitchen, on sale and took the time to sign them with personal messages as well.
A lot of other celebrities dropped by the U.P. Town Center to check out the food and drinks and support their friends in showbiz. Among those spotted were Maja Salvador, Marvin Agustin and his kids, Julia Montes, Paulo Avelino, Coco Martin, Shaina Magdayao, Bea Alonzo, Nadine Lustre and James Reid, Cherry Pie Picache and Dimples Romana. The latter hosted the formal opening rites and ceremonial toast, which also saw the presence of Ayala Malls’ top executives, including Rowena Tomeldan, vice president and head of operations and support services; and Mark Sablan, senior division manager.
Open Kitchen: Best Kept Recipes of the Stars brought together celebrities, shoppers and diners who all love good food shared with family and friends in a cozy and comfy setting with good music and entertainment.