Chef Jason Atherton


MUCH like balancing flavors, toeing the delicate line between work and family life can be challenging and fulfilling at the same time.

For British chef Jason Atherton, who owns 17 restaurants across the globe including The Pig & Palm in Cebu, he appears to have found that harmonious balance in juggling his epicurean journey and raising his two daughters Keziah and Jemimah, with his wife, Irha.

“We teach them everything from the basics to stewing. They love cooking pasta. They love to bake. They love all kinds of food with rice much like their mom,” shares Jason Atherton who ran away from home at age 16 to pursue his dreams of becoming a chef.

He worked with accomplished names in the industry like celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, but his breakthrough came when he opened his first restaurant, Pollen Street Social in London which was awarded a Michelin-star after just one year of operation.

Now, he has a total of four, one Michelin-starred restaurants.

Jason and Irha Atherton with their two daughters Jemimah and Keziah

As he whips up cuisine with a flair entirely his own, Jason’s masterpieces are the ones that often go unseen: the dishes he so lovingly prepares with and for his children.

“Top three dishes I love cooking for my children at home would have to be Fresh Pasta, Lemon Tart and one of our favorites, on the Filipino side, Pork and Chicken Adobo. The two kids go nuts for it,” adds Jason.

Jason proudly carries the titles and responsibilities of father, husband and chef extraordinaire with a steady hand, striking a unique balance between work and family.

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This Father’s Day, The Pig & Palm celebrates the man of the house by offering Britain’s famous Prime Beef Wellington. The fillet of 21 day, dry-aged beef is sourced all the way from Suffolk, England.

The main dish that serves for 10 pax is paired with creamy truffle mashed potato and honey glazed carrots.

Five days pre-order is required.

Head Chef Karl Emsen and Chef Jason Atherton

Celebrate Father’s Day in one of the Top 20 Restaurants in the Best Restaurants Guide for 2018 by T. Dining. The Pig & Palm is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. onwards, and is located at the MSY Tower, Pescadores Road, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City. For reservations, contact +63 917 657 6866 or (032) 255 8249.

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