Isabelle Daza is firing up her kitchen! The actress, television host, model, and granddaughter of Filipino culinary legend Nora Daza follows in her grandma’s footsteps, and enlists Maya’s help to navigate the kitchen with ease and confidence, and inspire a new breed of home cooks just like her.
Cooking with my Lola is Isabelle’s four-part online video series that kick starts her cooking adventures – and what better way to do so than to recreate recipes from seminal cookbook Let’s Cook with Nora. “Cooking has always been a huge part of my family, and now that I have my own, I want to bring the same joy and wonderful memories that I’ve associated with cooking into my home,” Isabelle shares.
She continues, “I also think that the art of Filipino home cooking that my lola has carefully and lovingly documented in her book is a bit lost to the younger generation. I want to help change that, and get more people to love home cooking again. I thought since I’m a beginner cook, sharing my experiences would encourage others to learn with me!”
Isabelle has also gotten help from a very familiar quarter. Maya and The Maya Kitchen have close ties with her grandmother, hosting the pioneering cooking competition, The Great Maya Cookfest, which ran from 1976 to 1990 and helped launch the careers of a new generation of chefs and cooks, together.
Nora Daza and Maya’s connection also goes beyond the cookfest, with the Philippines’ first culinary ambassador actively promoting The Maya Kitchen (formerly known as Maya Bakeshop) and Maya products by holding cooking demos all over the country. Some of the episodes of her show, Cooking It Up with Nora, were also shot at The Maya Kitchen.
“I was really happy to have Maya come in and help me learn to cook, especially since they’ve worked so closely with my lola before, and she uses the products in her recipes,” says Isabelle. “Maya’s a household brand here in the country, and everyone has at least one of these products in their pantry.”
The first episode of Cooking with my Lola also features another of Isabelle’s family, her tita – cook, writer and editor Nina Daza-Puyat. Nina recently updated her mom’s cookbook Let’s Cook with Nora, re-testing recipes and offering ingredient alternatives and modern variations that fit today’s home cooks.
Catch the first part of Cooking with my Lola as Isabelle tackles beef stroganoff with her tita Nina and Maya now live on her official Youtube channel.
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