Chef-actress Liza Dino's love for adobo is going places.
It was only a few months ago when Liza launched her Adobo in a Jar business, a dish she chose out of sentimentality and its novelty for the Filipino palate.
"Adobo is the first dish taught to me by my uncle,” she said in a recent interview. “'Yon din 'yong favorite dish ni Aiza [Seguerra] especially noong nagliligawan pa lang kami.”
Apart from that, Liza explained that choosing adobo among the many Filipino dishes was more practical "kasi mahaba ang shelf-life niya."
She also added, “We're trying to expand it, kumukuha na kami ng BFAD [Bureau of Food and Drug Administration] permit para mas marami 'yong reach namin.”
“Right now, even without the BFAD, ang shelf-life ng Adobo in a Jar is two months. So, ang dami naming clients bringing the adobo abroad," Liza continued.
On top of acting and being a busy chef, Liza still managed to launch her cooking YouTube channel called "The Kitchen Queen" last year.
What many do not know is that Liza actually has formal culinary training. It was in 2008 when Liza decided to move to the US where finished a certificate program in Culinary Arts at the Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts in Hollywood, California, USA in 2010. She later on worked as a lead line cook at Spago Beverly Hills, owned by the renowned chef Wolfgang Puck.
To serve as further proof of her love for adobo, Liza shared that they are planning to put up a restaurant which would only have adobo in the menu. This restaurant, according to her, would be called Adobo Project.
"Right now we just found a place... It would feature siguro hindi lang different kinds of adobo but also different ways of eating adobo. So you will find adobo in a pasta, in tacos, in pita wraps, in burgers," she said.
Then continued, "There's so many ways to eat an adobo. I don't know why it's becoming an advocacy for me but why not? It's our national dish."
On top of all her plans, Liza claimed that she owes every bit of her success to the love of her life, Aiza.
“He made me realize that I didn't have to choose [among my passions]. I can do both and excel in it,” she said. “He's very present. It's so empowering, na-e-encourage ako to go for it.”
Photo Credit to lizadino IG