August 31, 2017

Chef Mira Angeles of Spell Kitchen at The Maya Kitchen Top Eats Series

It was an honor to meet Chef Mira Angeles of Spell Kitchen at The Maya Kitchen Top Eats Series last week where she had a cooking demo of Taco Salad, Garlic Cheese Butter dip, healthy Vegetable Lasagna, indulgent Belly Good Lechon Kawali, and sweet Apple Turon.

Over a decade of being a chef and a lifetime of loving food has led Mira Angeles to where she is now, owning a “magical” restaurant and sharing the joys of cooking to others. It took years of training and several attempts at entering the industry before finally becoming a well-loved chef, but now she’s sharing her talents and inspiring others to take up the skill with a Maya Kitchen Top Eats session in her very own Spell Kitchen.

It’s not a stretch to say that Mira has been cooking her whole life, being that her mother was taking classes at Le Cordon Bleu while pregnant with her. Her family has always loved eating good food and watching cooking shows, making her a foodie since she was young.

Though she didn’t get to immediately pursue her chef dreams, life worked its magic and steered her that direction anyway. Working at ABS-CBN, she was partnered with Food magazine’s Micky Fenix who introduced her to chef Myrna Segismundo. The two reignited her passion for food and became her mentors. She eventually entered certificate courses in ISCAHM for fundamentals of Culinary and Pastry, then other short courses in Maya Kitchen. She soon became a full-time chef and opened steak restaurant Cow King with her brother.

While steaks were something she was perfecting, she also indulged her creativity by creating different dips which, through word of mouth, amassed a huge following. Not long after that, she fulfilled her dreams of writing with regular recipe contributions to Yummy magazine; of teaching as she holds special classes at Maya Kitchen and at culinary events space Back of the House; and of opening her own restaurant with the magic-inspired Spell Kitchen, after the closing of Cow King. In this new restaurant-cafe, she puts her twist on Filipino comfort food, along with steaks and her famous dips, spreads, and salad dressings.
But more than just running down recipes, the chef imparts the lessons she’s learned from her cooking career. One of them being: “Dishes should be done well. Never settle with ‘pwede na yan.’ Always do things with quality no matter how simple your dish is.”

This respect for food and for her customers is one of the things that makes Mira such a well-loved chef. And for those just starting out, she has this to say: “One should make time to practice and never give up. I’ve had failed Chiffon cakes, burnt brownies, and a chocolate mousse that didn’t turn out well. One must persevere in order to have success.”

For more of Chef Mira Angeles’ quality cooking, Spell Kitchen located at Tomas Morato cooks up magic meals daily.

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