Inspired by mother's cooking, Fil-Canadian chef eyes Masterchef win
Tough-looking on the outside, Jeremy Senaris is nevertheless a softie whose efforts to learn how to cook were inspired by his mother's homecooking when he was a kid.
"I grew up cooking Filipino food and learning Filipino food from my mom," Senaris told Asian Pacific Post, adding he tried to learn his mother's recipes so that she would not have to cook when she's sick.
Though his mother passed away from cancer in 2008, her influence on Senaris' sensibilities helped him pass the auditions for the third season of MasterChef Canada and earn him a place as one of 12 contestants on the show.
While he failed to place first, Senaris returned to the show to be part of its fourth season earlier in March.
Senaris was born and raised in Canada by his parents, who migrated from Cavite in 1978.
The civil engineering graduate grew up eating Canadian food like French fries and chicken, but owing to the large Filipino community in Canada, Senaris would often bring his friends to Filipino parties and introduce them to Filipino food.
The Filipino-Canadian still lives in Canada and recently celebrated his 36th birthday with his wife and infant daughter.
Senaris wasn't alone in having Filipino gastronomic sensibilities in Season 3 as he was hailed as fellow contestant Matthew Astroga's kuya in the previous season of MasterChef Canada.