2016, December 20. Teresita "Mama Sita" Reyes (Fourth
Series) - Chef/Restaurateur
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Teresita "Mama Sita" Reyes - Philippine
Culinary Icon (Fourth Series)
Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes is well known for her extraordinary gift
with food- cooking, incorporating, even selecting ingredients that
really make our favorite food taste even better. Her mother, Dońa
Engracia Reyes, is known as the “Mother of Filipino Cooking”.
Through her parents, Mama Sita first learned that nothing could
compare to the goodness of Filipino cooking. Her family ran the
restaurant Aristocrat, which is why at an early age, her life
already revolved around the world of food.
Food wasn’t her only interest. She was also very business-minded.
She would wake up early in the morning and would go to markets such
as Divisoria and Nepa Q-Mart to check out the items they offered.
When it came to buying things, Mama Sita was number one. As soon as
someone would offer her products at a discounted price, she couldn’t
stop herself from buying them. From sacks of rice to a dozen cans of
evaporated milk, or ten baskets of mangos, she really would not let
the opportunity pass. As long as she was able to buy something,
anything at all, she would go home satisfied, and with a smile on
Her hard-working efforts were not only seen in her traveling to so
many places just to gather delectable and reasonably priced food. It
was also apparent in the kitchen, of course. She was able to come up
with countless recipes and innovative ways of preparing food, due to
her productive ethics. She never got tired of experimenting with
different ingredients. Writing her newfound recipes and discoveries
on her diaries and journals also became a hobby of hers, which lead
to us finding out fascinating secrets and tips on cooking! Another
thing that stood out about Mama Sita was her character. Those who
were fortunate enough to have met her can still remember her laugh.
They also recall how she would pick on lansones and butong pakuan,
even her habit of going to places that were far, just so she could
taste the food they were well known for.
Even by the mere mention of her name, we can remember so many
memories and stories about her. But above all those, we must
remember the real reasons behind the word “mama” in “Mama Sita”. Her
relationship with food cannot be separated with her love for people.
Using her talent with food, she reached out and showed everyone that
you cannot separate from a Filipino his love for his own food and
his own country. That’s who Mama Sita is- a conscientious
businesswoman, an industrious co-worker, a loving relative, and a
real mother, in every sense of the word.