Getting to Know Me"A tragedy of life is not to find one's passion..a greater tragedy is to know one's passion and deny oneself of its treasures."
- Rodelio Aglibot
Everyday of his career and life, Chef Rodelio Aglibot listens to the voices of his parents and mentors. "Follow your heart, cook for the love and you will be loved, a great chef doesn't create great dishes..a great chef inspires great chefs", these are the thoughts that echo through his head.
He was soon involved in five restaurant openings over a span of three years, most notably the E & O Trading Company, a Pan-Asian restaurant under the direction of chefs Joyce Goldstein and Gary Woo. Rodelio credits Joyce Goldstein and the late Barbara Tropp as influential Chefs that imparted wisdom and confidence. Little did he realize that he would one day own his own restaurant, Yi Cuisine, which opened in Los Angeles in June 2004 to critical acclaim, and was named by Food and Wine as one of the "Best New Asian Restaurants" in the United States and a glowing 2-star review from the LA Times.
His ascent into the elite level of Chefs notably started as the Opening Executive Chef of the celebrity studded and juggernaut, Koi Restaurant in Los Angeles, Rodelio earned his stars for creating an innovative menu of Asian dishes; blending bright flavors with an array of textures and temperatures. Garnering the Hollywood spotlight, Rodelio also established him as a respected and personable chef; focusing on traditional Japanese ingredients with an essence of French technique and Californian style. He was also a founder in a specialty seafood company in San Francisco, Ahi Bros; distributing tuna to the finest dining destinations in the world. Rodelio has received numerous accolades and peer recognition for his work; he was invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in October 2004 as Chef/Owner of Yi Cuisine and in July 2003 as the Chef of Koi.
TELEVISIONOver the past five years, Rodelio has been featured on national television programs, such as the Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Best of on Food Network, YourLA TV, Entertainment Tonight, Good Day L.A., and Extra. Print features include Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Spectator, Los Angeles Times, Angeleno, and Restaurants and Institutions. Recently, Rodelio was also featured as a contributing Chef with several recipes to his credit for the cookbook aptly named "New Asian Cuisine". He was also named one of "StarChefs" 500 Chefs to Know.
RESTAURANTSAs a Consulting Chef, with several clients to his credit, a multi-store Asian restaurant chain Stir Crazy, based in Chicago, and The Custom Steakhouse, Chef Rodelio established himself as one of the most innovative and versatile Chef Consultants and is sought after with his expertise in Asian Cuisine, Concept Creation and Restaurant openings. Today, he is working on opening a couple of well received restaurant concepts including "Sonoma Sandwich Board ", an artisan sandwich shop and "Tatsoi", a casual Asian tapas concept. Rodelio is the Chef responsible for developing menus for "Mendocino Farms", as sandwich shop in Los Angeles and several Asian based menus throughout the United States.
"To be a Chef is a privilege, it is the only art form that uses all five senses, that's how special it is..."
The Food Buddha ExperienceSpend the day with the one and only Food Buddha, Rod Aglibot, Master Chef, International Restaurateur, former Executive Chef at Sunda and all around amazing individual.
Wander the streets of the amazing Wicker Park neighborhood as you go on a Food Journey with Rod, learn how to make Poke Bowls and then join Rod for a private dinner he prepares just for you and three guests. At a flat rate of $1500 for four (coming out to $375 each), this is an Experience of a lifetime!
This experience includes meeting Rod at his latest Wicker Park location of FireFin Poke and learn how to make Poke Bowls, a Culinary Journey around Wicker park with Rod and visit some of his favorite places, a short break while Rod assigns you a few ingredients to pick up for your own PRIVATE DINNER with the Food Buddha, transportation in a Tesla Black Car (please pick a destination for your group to be picked up from) and driven to a private location where Rod will prepare a private dinner for you and three guests (max four) and signed Menu's of the experience provided for all guests.
Duration: about 6 hours
Location: Wicker Park
Starting at: FireFin Poke (1415 N Milwaukee Ave)
Ending at: Marquee at Block37
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