Total loan: $10,000


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Emeryville, CA, United States / Food

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Eric's story

Born and raised in the bay area, however, I spent a good amount of my childhood in Hawaii. My passion for cooking started at a young age. I was introduced to cooking by my grandparents and parents. I've been told by my family that I share my grandfather's passion for cooking. My grandfather would prepare meals for large groups of people using ingredients sourced from his backyard. To this day, I can still see his passion for cooking and food through the bountiful 50 foot mango tree that he planted in my aunt's backyard in Hawaii nearly 40 years ago. Growing up in a household with two working parents, I had to learn independence at a young age and it began with cooking. When my mom wasn't working she was showing me around the kitchen. Something that began as a responsibility soon turned into a curiosity, slowly turned into my hobby, and is now one of my passions. Through the meals I've hosted, I have been able to portray my style of cooking, which is a blend of my travels, upbringing, experiences, and Filipino culture.