Pinoy in MasterChef Canada reveals greatest inspiration
What keeps a MasterChef inspired?
Matthew Astorga, a finalist in the Season 3 of MasterChef Canada, revealed to Philippine Star his one and only inspiration in every dish he creates.
Matthew, grandson of a former Manila vice mayor, credits Filipino food as his ‘cooking foundation’, citing his grandfather as his inspiration.
Matthew said he took part in MasterChef because he has always wanted to do “something big in my life.”
“Being on the MasterChef has definitely opened a lot of doors. Ever since I was a kid, I had a big aspiration to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps. My grandfather was actually the vice mayor of Manila (Herminio Astorga). He came from nothing, he came from poverty and he became vice mayor,” the 26-year-old contestant told PhilStar.
He also stressed that he gave up his start-up company just to pursue his passion for cooking.
“By following his footsteps, I’ve always wanted to do something big in my life. I started my own company when I was 18. I am 26 now. I’ve been working on that company for a while. Since the show aired, I shut down my company to pursue something in food. I’m not sure how specific I can get with what I’m doing now, but I’m definitely doing a lot of opportunities that came in. I have the opportunity to open a restaurant with some people here in Vancouver. I’m also looking at doing some more things in front of the camera. There’s a lot of opportunities just because of MasterChef Canada”, he added.
Way to go, MasterChef Matthew!