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Why Chef JP Anglo Makes Food For the Real Bosses of 2020

German style brand Boss partners with the Filipino chef for a special menu that helps frontliners.
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What does a chef do in lockdown? He makes food and lots of it. Stuck at home, chef JP Anglo cooked a bounty of dishes for himself and his wife Camille, so he decided to share his good food with the staff and guards of his apartment building in Makati. The wave-riding artist of Negrense restaurant Sarsa made so much food that he gave meals to the guards and construction workers in nearby buildings, too. 

Chef JP Anglo cooked up a storm and shared it to frontliners.

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What began as a humble activity of making meals for six to 10 people became the happy endeavor of feeding up to 110 frontliners with, say, chicken barbeque with garlic annatto rice, in Makati Medical Center and other hospitals. “It just seemed like the right thing to do... the frontliners are out there risking their lives and we’re all safe at home,” the chef says to Esquire Philippines.

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Anglo admits cooking for frontliners in his tiny kitchen equipped with only one rice cooker (his wife cooked rice in six batches for the meals) was challenging, but it was worth it. “We are so happy that we got to help out, even in our own little way,” he says. “We never knew we could cook and prepare 100 packed meals in our little apartment… we still look back on and wonder how we pulled it off.”

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According to the chef, he received messages about how the meals helped frontliners get through long days of standing on their feet. The food at his restaurant Sarsa became a way for families to connect, too, as they hadn’t seen each other during the lockdown (frontliners seldom went home to reduce the risk of infection). Those messages “were really emotional,” says Anglo. “Some would order food from Sarsa to send to their loved ones and ask us to write a card for them, and my wife would sometimes cry when she writes them because it’s so heartfelt and we could almost feel their pain.” 

#BossTogetherPH and Anglo create a premium feast that helps the heroes of 2020.

This month, the Filipino chef expands his good work as German style brand Boss taps him for #BossTogetherPH. Part of a global campaign, which has already launched in Europe, the U.S., and Asia, #BossTogether supports local communities and businesses affected by the pandemic. In the region, the project focuses on the food industry with collaborations with chefs like Anglo and restaurants.

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It works this way: Until December 31, you can order the five-course Boss menu made by Anglo, and 10 percent of its sales will be donated to YesPinoy Foundation. YesPinoy provides food to frontliners and marginalized families, as well as education-to-employment support for the youth. Anglo sums up the collaboration nicely: “For every order, every bite, someone, somewhere is fed.” As a bonus, you get to shop Boss with a 15-percent discount via Trunc.ph, too.

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Anglo creates Filipino dishes with Kurobuta pork, beef batchoy, and crab butter

In creating the dishes for the special menu, Anglo wanted to achieve three things: Use premium ingredients that are “fit for a boss,” stick to his roots by highlighting Filipino flavors, and, most important, provide comfort. 

Organic Chicken Inasal

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Beef Cheeks braised in Batchoy Stock, served with Batchoy Gravy

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The for-champion meal starts with grilled Esguerra Kurobuta pork barbecue and soba noodles tossed in talangka butter, transitions to organic chicken inasal and slow-cooked batchoy beef cheeks, and ends with 32-percent white chocolate with kasuy, a collaboration with Filipino chocolatier Auro. The set also comes with a bottle of Loius De Varancy Champagne so you can wash it all down in style. 

As in Sarsa, Anglo puts together an inventive meal that is also familiar, which is never a bad thing as these flavors make you think of the happiness of home. And when you also remember that the feast on your table feeds frontliners, that joy is doubled.

To order the #BossTogetherPH set (P4,500, five dishes with a bottle of Champagne), contact +63 917 528 0115. 

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