The Loft, San Francisco 2017
Growing up in the bustling city of Manila, Philippines, Chef Francis Ang was always surrounded by a diverse culture of true fusion style food. This region has historically been inspired from a slew of Malayan lucky enough to be trained under Gary Danko himself and forged his career path even further.
Francis became the Executive Pastry Chef of the acclaimed Fifth Floor Restaurant where he received numerous accolades, including being named Food and Wine magazine's "People's Best Pastry Chef" for the West Coast, as well as, being nominated for Zagat's "30 Under 30" in San Francisco. He then became the Executive sous chef and Pastry Chef for Dirty Habit where he worked closely with Chef David Bazirgan. David collaborated closely with Ang where he then honed in on the vast dimensions of savory cuisine. Settlers, Chinese tradesman, Spanish rule and American colonialism. This exposure has influenced how he approaches food and culture.
Ang transplanted to San Francisco at the age of 19 where he attended the culinary program at City College of San Francisco. Once he graduated, he landed an internship at the Copenhagen Bakery in Burlingame and shortly after, found himself working at Restaurant Gary Danko. Francis was
Francis & Dian
Cochon, Napa Valley, 2016
Pinoy Heritage’s story began in 2012 when Francis and Dian were stranded in the Philippines due to a devastating typhoon that wiped out a magnitude of homes and displaced thousands of families. They were able to help out and feed the community with the limited resources and food available to them. Upon returning to San Francisco, Ang was determined to provide more support overseas through hosting a fundraiser at the Fifth Floor showcasing an enticing Filipino menu. The food was so well received that it planted a seed for future endeavors and Ang continued to disperse Filipino dishes onto Dirty Habits menu until the day he left in December 2015.
In January 2016, Francis and Dian, set off on a culinary pilgrimage and spent 6 months traveling the different provinces of the Philippines in order to have a more in depth cultural experience and learn authentic techniques of the cuisine. Together, Francis, Dian and fellow visionary Danica established Pinoy Heritage with a mission to exhibit the evolution of Filipino flavors through a California lens of local produce. Ultimately, Ang strives to fuel the Filipino food culture and introduce the world to an approachable and adventurous culinary experience with a nod to tradition.
Today, Francis, Dian and fellow visionary Danica and their dear friend Dylnne make up Pinoy Heritage, its mission to exhibit the evolution of Filipino flavors through a California lens of local produce. Ultimately, Ang strives to fuel the Filipino food culture and introduce the world to an approachable and adventurous culinary experience with a nod to tradition.