20 Foodie Questions: Jim Simon Gozun


For this new edition of my “20 Foodie Questions” I am featuring pâtissier Jim Simon “Syme” Gozun. So here here it is:

Name: Jim Simon Gozun

Nationality: Filipino

Country of Residence: Philippines

1. Your Restaurant/Business: Infinite Syme Desserts

2. About Your ideal Kitchen: my ideal kitchen needs to be functional, practical, elegant (minimalist style, black, white and gray color scheme) and comfortable. I hate clutter, so cleverly installed storage spaces is a must as well as a layout design that provides a harmonious kitchen traffic.

3. Your Favorite baked Item: Brazo De Mercedes… I can finish an entire roll!

4. First Job: I worked as a call center agent way before I graduated from college but I remember that even back then I have always dreamed of starting up a café or a bakeshop.

6. Your Awards: The last one was from the Grand Culinary Challenge, we were 2nd placer for our Champorado-filled Buchi.

7. Your Cooking Inspiration: My clients. It’s always about their gastronomic pleasure.

8. Your Specialty Cakes: Devil’s Food Cake & Blueberry Cheesecake

9. Favorite Dish To Eat: Dinuguan.

10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate: Burger Patty made from Banana peelings… weird right?!

11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Pistachio and Cookie Dough for the win!

12. Favorite Drink: Everything taste better with Coke.

13. Favorite Dessert: Caramel Cheesecake!

14. Who Would You Most Like To Bake For: Family and friends

15. Who Would You Least Like To Bake For? Clients who’s first sentence when placing their order is “Wala bang discount?”. My creations/products don’t deserve to be on discounted price.

16. Favorite Things to Do When Not Baking/ Cooking? : Read books. Fiction.

17. Your Latest Project: Working on new cupcake flavors for Infinite Syme Desserts that would be launched around October-November in time for the Christmas season.

18. Favorite City/ Country and Why: New York! I’ve never been there but it’s my dream to live and work there.

19. Your Greatest Indulgence: Books, May it be fiction or recipe collection.

20. Your All Time Best Baking Tips: Never use peanuts when the recipe calls for almonds. (Never compromise the quality of your product by choosing cheap alternatives, buy the best ingredients so you can produce the best products)


20 Foodie Questions: Chef Gary Gutierrez

For the New Year’s edition of my 20 Foodie Questions, I am featuring Figaro Coffee Company’s R&D Chef Gary Gutierrez. 🙂

Name: Gary T. Gutierrez
Country of Residence:Philippines

1. Your Restaurant/Business:Figaro Coffee System Inc. / Bite Me!
2. About Your ideal Kitchen: 60’s Diner Contemporary
3. Your Favorite baked Item: Coffee Cake
4. First Job: Bank Teller
6. Your Awards: Food Showdown Silver Awardee – Wedding Cake category
7. Your Cooking Inspiration: Gale Gand/Martha Stewart
8. Your Specialty Cakes: Tablea Blackout Cake / Tropical Carrot Cake
9. Favorite Dish To Eat: Polynesian Chicken *Tinola 😉
10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate: Sea Urchin
11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Coffee Crumble
12. Favorite Drink: Red Iced Tea
13. Favorite Dessert: Ube Jam *Purple Yam
14. Who Would You Most Like To Bake For: Love Ones *family *relatives *close friends
15. Who Would You Least Like To Bake For?.. Odd-Air headed People? Ahahah
16. Favorite Things to Do When Not Baking: Grocery Chore
17. Your Latest Project: Cake Line Up of Bite Me!
18. Favorite City/ Country and Why: Auckland, New Zealand. Why? Simply Laid Back 😉
19. Your Greatest Indulgence: A Jar of Nutella
20. Your All Time Best Baking Tips: Know your ingredients well. And always Bake when you are in a good mood not the other way around Hehe 😉


The 20 Foodie Questions: Chef Mark Infante

Welcome to my newest concept “The 20 Foodie Questions”.

I always believe that before you go global, one should be able to harness the particular and therefore it is just proper to recognize our home grown talents. So every month I will feature a chef with their answers to the 20 foodie questions.

For the first edition, I am featuring my very good friend Chef Mark Infante.


Name:  Chef Mark Infante

Age:  27

Nationality: Filipino

Country of Residence: Philippines

1. Your Current Job/ Business: Research and Development (R&D) Chef, Event Stylist, Part time Chef Instructor 

2. About Your ideal Kitchen: I would like a modern , granite work tops, a double oven but raised at eye level.

3. Your Favorite cooking Item: Chef’s Knife and My Old hand mixer is definitely my most useful item for 7 years

4. First Job:  Chef Instructor and part-time Chef consultant at my uncle’s Pub house.

5. Your favorite Cookbook: Cook’s Bible, Chocolate Unwrapped by Sarah Jane Evans

6. Your Awards: None that I can remember

7. Your Cooking Inspiration: My inspiration was my mom. She’s a great cook.

8. Your Specialty Dish: Seafood Ravioli in creamy aligue sauce

9. Favorite Dish To Eat: Vietnamese food  (Bahn mi), Singaporean Laksa, Thai

10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate:  Durian

11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, Vanilla

12. Favorite Drink: Earl grey Milk tea and Green tea frappe

13. Favorite Wine: Hermits or any Dessert wines

14. Who Would You Most Like To Cook For: I would love to cook for Chef Bernadette Olivares she used to be my mentor when I was in college.

15. Who Would You Least Like To Cook For: People who are on diet.

16. Favorite Things To Do When Not Cooking: Watching TV series, going for a grocery, and shopping

17. Your Latest Project: I prepared 3 course 20 pax menu for friend’s birthday last February

18. Favorite City/ Country and Why: Pampanga is the best for me. There are lots of good restaurants and super delicious foods.

19. Your Greatest Indulgence: Real Belgian chocolates

20. All Time Best Culinary Tip: Cook with your heart