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Displaced resto cooks team up to start own online food business

Steph Arnaldo
Displaced resto cooks team up to start own online food business
Food PH MNL serves freshly-cooked dishes like gyoza, chicken wings, and carbonara made by former cooks of restaurant chains

Among the many jobs affected by the coronavirus pandemic are restaurant cooks and chefs, as many local restaurants struggle to stay afloat, or worse, have to close down permanently.

However, online food businesses have been the saving grace of many, and Food PH MNL is exactly this for a few former cooks and chefs who used to work for major restaurant chains in the Philippines.

Food PH MNL is an online food delivery business serving a variety of freshly-made comfort food dishes, founded by these workers.

The displaced cooks hailing from different Japanese, Filipino, and Italian restaurants have curated a special menu based on each of their “expertise.”

You can get 10-piece gyoza for P200, beef yakiniku with rice for P300, pork katsu with rice for P210, and chicken katsu with rice for the same price.

Craving Italian? They also have meatballs spaghetti, chicken parmigiana, and American carbonara in two sizes: small (P150) and large (P260).

Food PH MNL also serves chicken wings as 8 pieces (P280) or 12 (P380), in soy garlic or salted egg flavor (they use real salted egg, and not powder)!

Orders can be made via Food PH MNL’s Facebook page. You can either pay through online bank transfer or cash on delivery – and yes, they deliver anywhere in Metro Manila.

“We are really sorry about the late deliveries. This page is not just for cooks and chefs that lost their jobs, we also have riders from companies we can’t name that lost their jobs, so we promise to improve on our deliveries,” Food PH MNL wrote in a Facebook post.

Their pasta dishes require at least one-day pre-order. Their daily cut-off for orders is at 3 pm for next-day deliveries. –

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Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.