It is said that no matter what your status in life is, as long as you have passion, you can achieve almost anything. This is true of Chef Edward Mateo, who is the man behind the highly successful La Royale Kitchen Studio & Royal Patisserie. His delectable cake and pastry creations have made him popular, with orders coming in from big gaming centers as Resorts World Manila, members of Manila’s 400, and entertainment celebrities.
However, the success did not come easy for Chef Edward. In fact, he worked hard for it. When he started training under Chef Babes Austria, who was executive chef in Malacañang, he had never received any form of culinary schooling. Although he earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Centro Escolar University, he had never before stepped inside a kitchen. But this did not deter him from his dream of following in the footsteps of his father, who was also a professional chef. In fact, it was during his stint at Edsa Shangri-la Manila that he discovered his love for baking.
“I’m happy with my work as a pastry chef,” he shares. “This is my life. I am happy that people appreciate what I do.” : Chef Edward
However, a good chef is only as good as the kitchen equipment he has. The pastry chef says that he goes for equipment he knows will help him prepare high-quality products.
“I choose equipment that is user friendly and foolproof,” he adds. “The type of equipment is up to par if it can help me complete my tasks precisely and on time.”
When it comes to kitchen appliances, Chef Edward swears by BREVILLE®, the premier brand of kitchen products from Australia since 1932.
“If you are looking for a quality product, BREVILLE® gives you the best,” he says. “When it comes to creaming butter, mixing batter and whipping egg whites, it works fast and efficiently. It is very easy to operate and is hassle free.”
The BREVILLE® Smart Oven™ (BOV800) is equipped with Element IQ™, a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts heating power to suit whatever you are cooking. With 9 preset programs, you can easily bake, grill, roast, cook crumpets, toasts, cookies and pizza, reheat and warm cold food with just the push of a button. With a 22-liter capacity, no chicken is too big to cook in this convection oven.
On the other hand, BREVILLE® Scraper Mixer Pro™ (BEM800), is the first and only stand mixer designed with kitchen timer and specific mixing speed control. The innovative Scraper Beater mixes ingredients better by wiping the sides and bottom of the bowl with every turn. With so many students interested in going into the culinary & pastry field, Chef Edward has this piece of advice:
“Just go on with your passion, and with what you want to do. And if you don’t have enough money or the time to go to culinary school, there are lots of books that you can read, and lots of material on the Internet that you can watch. Just study, and study, and study. Follow your dream, focus on your work, have time to relax—that’s very important—and inspire people.”
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