GJ Coleco has been blogging since 2005. He grew up in the self-proclaimed food capital of Metro Manila—the City of Malabon (known for its patis, pancit, bagoong, and kakanin), with his paternal lola (grandmother) and tita (aunt).
He developed his passion for the Filipino cuisine at a very young age. The times that he spent in the kitchen with his lola and tita exposed him in various ways of preparing and cooking local dishes.
His inherent love of food made him aspire to become a chef someday. Unfortunately, his family could not afford the costly culinary education in the country, but that did not stop him from pursuing his passion for cooking—hence, the creation of this food blog.
The passing of his lola inspired him to start this food blog in 2008. This blog was primarily intended as a personal space to remember the wonderful times he spent with the people who took care of him and to document all the heirloom recipes that he learned from them.
Online readers eventually increased over the years. Later on, he decided to make this food blog as a venue for sharing recipes and kitchen tips with everyone who appreciates traditional Filipino dishes and food preparation.
GJ is an Associate in Arts graduate of the University of the Philippines. He was a Contributing Writer for DISH, Philippine Star’s monthly food & lifestyle supplement. He also worked as a Social Media & Community Manager, successfully jump-starting the digital marketing campaigns of two major F&B brands in the country: Jollibee and Anchor.
Currently, GJ is the owner/restaurateur of SAME SAME Thai Satay Bar, an upcoming Thai restobar in Kapitolyo—Pasig’s food capital.