Get to know me better
Destined to be a chef, I’m passionate, paying attention to every detail in the culinary process is essential in every dish I create.
I am a professional chef with 23 years of broad culinary experience. Graduated in the Philippines Bachelor of Science major in Food Technology. I’m currently based in the United Arabs of Emirates (past 14 years). During my time here I have worked with one of the largest airline catering companies in the world, Emirates, internationally renowned Italian restaurants and am currently with Etihad Airlines as their First Class In-Flight Chef. My passion is food, starting at a very young age of 7, Italian and Filipino food covering all aspects from entree to desserts is my forte, including special dietary requirement. However, my culinary style is more of a fusion. I love exploring new techniques and sampling different cuisines all over the world. Using old school and modern cooking techniques for my creations, I just love everything about food, I should say I was born with pots and pans.
For me, cooking is...
Cooking is a passion, it runs in my veins, it is an art.
I learned to cook at...
My home country in the Philippines at Bulacan State University, Bachelor of Science Major in Food Technology.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Definitely the Roux brothers, and my Italian chefs for an extensive knowledge they have thought me.
A cooking secret...
Using fresh, quality products & attention to detail. It might sound obvious- mise en place. Having everything prepared & organised makes a difference.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Dubai.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Dubai. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Dubai.
Maria Theresa's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Maria Theresa
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.