Ever wonder where Judy Ann Santos’ love for cooking came from? How it all started?
Well, wonder no more!
Juday shared the story yesterday, May 3, during her live Q&A on Facebook.
“Sa mga hindi po nakakaalam, napakagaling magluto ni Mylene Dizon. Siya ang nag-introduce sa ‘kin ng mga herbs like basil, rosemary, mga fresh herbs,” she said.
She recalled the story of how she learned about basil and how it spurned her love for cooking.
“Naalala ko, nung first time niyang ginawa ‘yung tuna pasta para sa ‘kin, nagulat ako nung nilagyan niya ng dahon. So nung tinanong ko siya kung ano ‘yung dahon, sabi niya sa ‘kin, ‘Bakit hindi mo alam ang basil?’ Tsaka ko lang naamoy at nalasahan ‘yung basil, and then ‘yun na. Lumabas na ‘yung interes ko sa pagluluto. Before I knew it, nagho-hoard na ‘ko ng ingredients sa grocery, inuumaga na ‘ko sa pagnood ng cooking shows,” she recounted.
The Queen of Pinoy Soap Opera went on to reveal that she used to make tuna pasta for everyone she knew when she started cooking.
“Since ‘yun pa lang ‘yung alam kong recipe, lahat ng taong kilala ko, pinaglulutuan ko ng tuna pasta,” she said. “Lahat ng taong pinupuntahan ko, nire-raid ko ‘yung kitchen, may dala akong ingredients, at lulutuan ko sila ng tuna pasta kasi tuwang-tuwa ako sa basil hanggang sa naisipan ko nang mag-culinary.”
“So dun nagsimula. Si Mylene ang susi kung bakit nandito ako, kain nang kain, luto nang luto,” she concluded.
Soon after, Juday studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies and graduated with honors. She published a cookbook titled “Judy Ann’s Kitchen” back in 2015 and has started her own online cooking show called with the same name. And most recently while she was in Italy with her husband Ryan Agoncillo earlier this April, she received her certification in Italian Cuisine. She even got to cook for the nuns!