Acclaimed chef JP Anglo, one of the judges of MasterChef Philippines and the owner of restaurants Sarsa and Kafe Batwan, truly knows how to live life to the fullest—most especially outside the kitchen.
Also a surfer, he shared that he first tried the aquatic sport when he moved to Australia to work and lived by the beach. He recalled, “My love for surfing started to deepen when I started surfing more regularly. Nothing beats that stoked feeling when you catch a wave letting go of all the fear; it’s a natural high and it’s infectious.”
The same can be said about his eternal passion for cooking. “Surfing and cooking are similar in the sense that you need to work really hard and have a lot of patience. They both come from a place of passion, which for me means time stops and you lose yourself in the process. It might be riding that epic wave or accidentally coming up with a new dish, and that underlines why emotions and energy play big roles in both areas,” he related.
Acting out on both his passions and taking cues from the rich, dynamic food culture in the Philippines, Chef JP now stars in Hungry with Chef JP, a groundbreaking television show brought by CNN Philippines and FWD Life Philippines that portrays the exciting interplay of surfing and cooking.
Exploring some of the hottest surf spots in the country, Chef JP immerses himself in our uniquely fascinating food culture for this island life-inspired program.
Each episode is an invitation by the surfer-chef to follow him around the country’s scenic surf spots as he rides the waves and cook up delectable surprises for every community with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients.
The show’s first season airs on CNN Philippines every Sunday at 7:30 p.m.