Find your cullinary voice

David Pelaez

David Pelaez is an alumnus of the Institute of Culinary Education.Director, Culinary Institute of Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila, Philippines
Culinary Arts, 2002

David Pelaez did not consider gaining professional culinary training until he was in his early 40s and thinking about pursuing a career that would allow him to explore his love of food and creative side. After years working in administrative functions in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, Pelaez enrolled in ICE’s culinary program. He worked at Eleven Madison Park, Gategourmet, Tuscan, and Cendrillon, among others. Now he is a culinary instructor in his native Philippines. He says, “Becoming a chef is not just about the appropriate seasoning or building tastes and flavors. It is about excellence, becoming a professional, hence a role model for aspiring young cooks to emulate. Aim high, dream big, follow where your career leads you and be the best of what you can be.”