After starting multiple online food businesses last year, Marvin Agustin said he doesn’t mind being very busy even during a pandemic. In an interview on #LiveWithG3, Marvin said he already had experience in the food industry when he was just 16 years old.
“Bago ako naging artista I was already in the food industry. I was working in Tia Maria’s as a waiter, janitor, bartender, and even sa kusina. But even before that I was a mascot in Shakey’s. So exposed na talaga ako sa food industry. And both my sisters, yung middle namin and yung eldest, yung isa sa Shakey’s kaya nauuto niya ako mag-mascot tapos yung isa naman sa Dunkin’ Donuts. So lahat kami nun nagtatrabaho sa food industry.
“Even before acting, yun na yung kinahinatnan kong mundo. And then I got into acting nga and then parang an opportunity to change not just my life but our family’s lives. I grabbed it. I got into show business. I got into acting and hindi mo malilimutan yung first love mo eh. Yung time na yun talaga, yung restaurant industry,” he shared with G3 San Diego on Instagram Live last April 12.
After putting up several food businesses with his business partners, Marvin revealed why he left the restaurant business in 2016.
“I studied filmmaking in New York. I took Digital Filmmaking in NYU (New York University). I was there for five months. I was there when Trump won (laughs). So it was during that time. Nakakapagod ang restaurant ah. Sabi ko nga pambata ang restaurant. Kaya nga na-su-surprise ako that I got really reunited with my first love. Kasi nga pagod na ako with food. Nakakapagod siya. Dealing with several branches, the headache is sometimes unbearable. Food cost, labor cost, quality of food, you have to be consistent. It’s crazy.
“So akala ko, patapos na ako sa food. And then pandemic and now I’m back actually. Parang fino-force akong bumalik lagi sa food. kahit medyo nag-se-step back na ako, wala, ito pa rin. Sa food talaga ako,” he explained.
With the success of his new food businesses that started with his carrot cakes called Mr. Vin Munchies, Marvin shared advice to those who are also planning to start their own online food businesses.
“It’s very difficult to get into the food business but it’s not impossible. If it’s something that you really want to do, it’s coming from the heart, and if it’s something that you have a relationship with, ano siya eh, relasyon. It takes focus, dedication, and hard work. Madaling makapagluto ng masarap na dish, but doing it over and over and making it consistent, it requires discipline, process, systems, so kailangan mo siyang seryosohin,” he said.
The 42-year-old actor said that aside from the current lineup of foods that he is offering like his bestselling carrot cakes and cochinillo, he also plans to add more exciting items this year.
“I’m actually very busy. I’m from Pampanga and I love our tocinos from Pampanga. So I’m actually creating my own homemade tocino that soon I’ll be launching that. But other than food creations, I’m actually starting to brainstorm with some people. I want to discover food and stories from different places in the Philippines. I want to discover and know more about where I am from. I am actually writing now about the things that I want to know about where I came from. Soon when it’s safe to travel already, I want to discover Pampanga more and I will document that. I will show how I will discover my roots,” he shared.