Total loan: $10,000


Brooklyn, NY, United States / Food

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Barbara's story

As long as I can remember, food and the making of it has been a big part of my life. I was fortunate having a mother who cooked all of our family’s meals. Everything was homemade, and we rarely had processed food or junk food in the house. It was my mother who taught us as children the value of cooking. I recall sitting on the kitchen counter and watching her man the multiple pots and pans that were fired on the stove. I was in awe of the tastes and smells of her kitchen. She made it a point to give her children healthy, home-cooked meals despite working a full time job with a long commute. Growing into adulthood, I realized that home-cooked meals were actually a luxury of time and situation, and they were even more precious when they tasted amazing. Thus was the spark and curiosity in me to create exceptional food. Living in the tri-state area, it was easy for my family to be adventurous eaters. Even though Filipino fare was ingrained, the dishes on our table were diverse. For too long, the American fast food industry prioritized profit over quality, healthful food. With nearly a decade as an RN, I have seen firsthand the unfortunate effects on the human body due to consumption of processed, chemical-laden “fast food.” Before working in healthcare, I attended culinary school, building on my family-inspired passion for cooking and I spent several years in the Manhattan restaurant & hospitality industry. Now it has come full circle, as a Filipina chef combining quality, healthy ingredients with time saving solutions, the result: Brooklyn Quality Eats.