A Chef and A Villa-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
PEOPLE are wont to believe that chefs are “chained” to the stove, and that their life revolves around the kitchen. If their hours are not spent preparing menu after menu, day in and day out, they could be nagging cooks and harping at the kitchen crew. They are almost always on the run, on the fly, with very little sleep and even fewer dreams.
That’s a bleak, “smokey picture”—one tainted by oil, soy sauce, vinegar and the list goes on. But one young chef believes there’s more to life than juggling pots and pans and grinding the griddle.
There’s the green countryside, the azure sky, the deep-blue sea and the tangy scent of ocean breeze permeating the senses. For Rubart Villamor Alesna, there’s Agua Villa, an exclusive beach resort built by his parents. This is where he hies off after the gruelling days of the kitchen of a local restaurant where he is the executive chef.
And who will argue the fact that Agua Villa provides the perfect getaway for Rubart.
Perched on a ridge on one of the cliffs of KM 47 in Catmon, north of Cebu, the villa commands a panorama of the turquoise ocean below and the clear sky above. As you enter the fenced off Mediterranean-inspired edifice, a warm sea breeze rushes to greet you and the sight of the serene infinity pool that seems to connect with the ocean sets the mood for a truly relaxing but rejuvenating experience.
“But what really enamored my parents to this place is the bounty catch of the ocean. There’s a fresh supply of fish and other seafood here which all of us love so much. Of course I know so many recipes for fish and seafood, but here everything is cooked simply and naturally—just grilled and kinilaw,” Rubart confides with a hint of excitement.
“And another thing that I look forward to coming in here is snorkelling, since along this area is a fish sanctuary and beautiful coral reefs,” he adds.
There’s nothing pretentious about the villa, but it can be proud of a lot things—from the breathtaking view outdoors to the casual comforts the villa offers. Spacious bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and wide dining areas are available for families and small groups who are welcome to use the beach resort if they book in advance. The place has a Facebook account.
Simple and natural—words that would best describe not only this 29-year-old chef but Agua Villa as well. Yet behind this simplicity is a beauty that needs exploring and a unique experience worth relishing. (Emy Pedrosa)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 23, 2013.