Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Al Fresco’s chef, Mario. He gave us juicy tidbits on what it’s like to work in one of Vietnam’s prominent restaurants.
Chef Mario is from the Philippines and has worked with the Al Fresco’s Group (AFG) for 25 years. Yes, 25 years. He’s not one to brag but he started with the group in 1992 when it was still operating in Hong Kong. After 4 years, he moved back to his home country, only to be called again to work in the AFG’s newly established restaurant in Hanoi. He moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2003 when AFG opened their first Al Fresco’s in Dong Du in District 1.
Chef Mario had a hand in creating the Al Fresco’s dishes we enjoy today. Juggling family life with his 3 kids and working with the AFG is no easy feat but sitting down with Chef Mario and listening to his kitchen stories, you hear how passionate he is with his work and how loyal he is to the company.