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Meet the Chef: Sid Cawaling

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

To continue our chef spotlight today we will feature the Executive Chef from San Ramon Valley Conference Center, Isedro “Sid” Cawaling  

Q: How did you get started as a chef?

I was undecided with my career path but was always fascinated with the kitchen at a young age.  I enrolled in the culinary program offered at Cabrillo Community College and that’s where my dream of being a chef took off.  

Q: Describe your first job:

My first job  was a delivery driver for Johnson’s Stationers in Watsonville.  I drove around town delivering office supplies to local businesses around town.  At age 16 I thought it was the best job ever!  

Q: When you are not at work, what is a go-to meal to cook at home?

I enjoy cooking meals that I grew up with… a comfort pot of chicken and pork adobo with steamed rice!    

Q: Tell me more about your background. Where did you study to become a chef?

After earning a degree in Food Service Technology I continued on to attend The New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.     

Q: As the Executive Chef at San Ramon Valley Conference Center, you must have a favorite recipe. 

Korean Style Chicken Wings!  With this recipe, I like to add minced garlic, minced ginger, and sesame oil to the hoisin sauce just before tossing the chicken and baking them in the oven.

Chef Cawaling is the creative mind behind the menu selection and recipe creation at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center. To learn more about Chef Cawaling check out his profile.
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