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How Chef Gets Inspired in the Kitchen and the Classroom

Introducing Association House's Culinary Program Facilitator, Chef Tenoch Ang! After many years of planning and strategizing, Association House launched its culinary program for returning and justice-involved citizens in 2022. With over three decades worth of experience, Chef passes on his expertise in the culinary field and prepares graduates for positions in professional kitchens.

Tell us a little about yourself!

I am half Chinese, half Filipino, and multilingual. I love to cook and eat. I was an International Banker after graduating college, but I found myself cooking and baking after working in the bank. My father was a chef in China, who discouraged me from being a cook/chef, as he believed that people in the culinary business are not paid very well.

What about your work inspires you?

Since I was 18, I have loved to cook, bake, and travel exploring the food of the world. Through cooking, I want to be able to be of service to the community. I love to teach and share my experiences to people who don't have the financial resources to take up culinary.

What would you consider your biggest accomplishment at Association House?

I have been told several times that the management of Association House has been eagerly and actively planning to put up a culinary program for years. Finally, we did it last year, amidst the difficulties!

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I love learning different languages. I speak Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Taiwanese, Chinese Fookien, Filipino or Tagalog, English and am currently honing my Spanish. I was a professional Folkloric Dancer when I was in college, and a martial artist with a specialization on jitkundo. During my free time or weekends, I explore the food of new restaurants. My favorite dish is paella.


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