Freeze | Ynna Francine Ombrosa – Entrepreneur

MERAKI is a modern Greek word that means doing something with passion, absolute devotion, and undivided attention.

MAYA Padillo of Mindanao Daily Mirror, this writer, and Chef Entrepreneur Ynna Francine Ombrosa

MAYA Padillo of Mindanao Daily Mirror, this writer, and Chef Entrepreneur Ynna Francine Ombrosa

“It’s everything you do with love, with your heart,” said Ynna Francine Ombrosa when asked about the significance of Meraki Gastro Hub’s name. “My mother and I had been wanting to put up a restaurant for quite some time and Meraki is the realization of that plan.”

The ICHEF BS in International Culinary and Hospitality Entrepreneurship graduate officially became an entrepreneur when she opened up Meraki Gastro Hub on Aug. 21, 2017, in Maniki, Kapalong, Davao del Norte.

TEACHERS having fun at Meraki Gastro Hub

TEACHERS having fun at Meraki Gastro Hub

“In a rural setting where people are used to the carenderia (a food stall with a small seating area), it was surprising to see many excited customers coming to Meraki. People from Davao City, Tagum City, Santo Tomas, and other neighboring municipalities keep showing up to taste what we offer in the restaurant,” enthused Ynna on the positive impact of the gastro hub in Kapalong. “The Korean Bibimbap (mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables) is our bestseller. We also have Japanese food, Filipino specialties, and American dish. We do not stick to just one type of cuisine. Meraki is variety.”

Miss Ombrosa’s decision to stay in the Philippines – instead of her original mindset to work abroad and become an apprentice to another chef – was part of her realization that Filipino chefs can become successful entrepreneurs in their homeland even without a huge capital.

DSWD Usec Templa and company

DSWD Usec Templa and company

“Teaching our local community workers who had no culinary skills to learn how to prepare dishes in a professional way is inspiring. It boosts their self-confidence,” Chef Ynna shared her feelings on helping others grow through the route she chose.

“Also, we have developed a good business relationship with nearby farmers who provide us with organically grown vegetables at affordable prices.”

BESTSELLER Bibimbap at Meraki Gstro Hub

BESTSELLER Bibimbap at Meraki Gstro Hub

Earning a Bachelor of Science degree was necessary for this chef-entrepreneur because she belongs to a family of academics whose members expect nothing less than a four-year bachelor’s program.

“At ICHEF, the PDPR (Personal Development and Performance Review) subjects are included from first to fourth year. The training developed our confidence in facing interviews and speaking before the camera,” the young entrepreneur recalled one of the reasons why she liked her alma mater.

RON Papag of DSWD Sec Office, Usec Malou Turalde, and Usec Luz Ilagan

RON Papag of DSWD Sec Office, Usec Malou Turalde, and Usec Luz Ilagan

Chef entrepreneur Ynna Francine Ombrosa gives tender loving care to Meraki Gastro Hub along Quirino Street in Maniki, Kapalong, Davao del Norte.

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