Los Angeles chef Kryssie Tinsay Martinez was born in the Philippines but raised in southern California. She applies a fresh approach to traditional Pinoy dishes through her pop-up the “Modern Filipino Chef’s Table.” Currently, she’s raising funds for a pop-up space in Orange County.
How did you find your way into the historically male-dominated culinary industry?
I worked hard. Perhaps twice as hard as men do. It’s a very challenging industry to be in and as a woman, I needed to make sure I asserted myself, stood my ground and not get pushed around. I also needed to make sure I stay top of food trends so I can keep up with the ever-changing culinary scene.
Which ladies serve up culinary inspiration in your life?
I used to watch Julia Child and Martha Stewart when I was growing up in the Philippines. Everything was in English but even though I didn’t completely understand what they were saying, I was amazed at how they would cook an omelet or fabricate a whole chicken.
What’s your advice to other women trying to build culinary careers?
Be strong, be confident, be assertive and believe in yourself and your talents!