On her recently-concluded anniversary concert, Lea Salonga told her audience that she aspired and hoped to sing like Barbra Streisand – pure, precise, no BS. I was lucky enough to see her rehearse for said concert, and I can tell you, from personal experience, EVEN during rehearsal, Lea’s gift of music was pure, precise and no BS.
For those who were able watch her Playlist concert, she was impeccable. But I tell you, during rehearsal, when imperfections were noticeable, and even expected, Lea’s voice was still MAGICAL.
Below are two raw videos of the incomparable, and one of my ALL-TIME favorite theater actresses, Lea Salonga. Happiness is only real when shared. 🙂
Girl on Fire:
Walt Disney said that “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” This is true. But every once in a while, your dream turns into a reality when you have a fairy godmother who loves you. (Thanks, Ninang, for this unforgettable experience!)
Choosing my first spotlight star wasn’t an easy task. When I conceptualize this category, I easily had four people in mind who excel in various genres of life. So picking up this first one out of the variety of (my) rock stars shows how much I’m in awe of his talent and his philosophies in life.
Gastronomy is the highest form of therapy. – Marco Pierre White
I first heard the name ‘Marco Pierre White’ some years ago when I was watching one of the cooking shows on Lifestyle Network. The show’s host (a chef who I unfortunately forgot the name), kept rambling and rambling about MPW’s greatness. I wasn’t really paying attention to the host so at the end of the show I was like, “Marco Pierre who?” and decided to just mentally put the name on my never-ending people/event/stuff to google. Alas, an hour after my mental note, I forgot about it.
I’m a foodie. And though I don’t claim to be a great cook, I can still say that I can put a good dish or two (or three, or four…) when I’m in the mood or when needed. And because I love food and everything about it, I, therefore, love cooking shows, too. And whenever I watch shows about food, or just even read online articles re chefs and cooks, or browse international cookbooks, Marco Pierre White’s name would always popped out. Some in great focus, others in passing. Needless to say, my curiosity to learn more about MWP began.
Hailed as “Godfather of Modern Cooking,” Marco Pierre White is a British celebrity chef and restaurateur. After gaining recognition for his skills and talents, he became a TV personality as well, appearing in various renowned cooking shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef Australia.
And there it was, Masterchef. Another thing to know about me is that I’m obsessed with Masterchef AU and US. I religiously follow the show, I download each episode, watch and replay them again whenever I have a free time, and there are occasions when I attempt to try the recipes from the show. So naturally, when I learned that MWP was the co-judge of food critic Matt Preston for the Professionals edition, I was beyond excited.
If before I was just curious about him, watching him on Masterchef turned my curiosity into awe. I was utterly fascinated by his talent, his character, his philosophy, and even with his mannerisms.
I can’t find a YouTube video of the first episode of the show where Matt Preston finally introduced MWP to the professional chefs vying for the title. But to quote Matt:
“… the man who changed the face of modern cooking. At 33 years old, he was the youngest man ever to win three Michelin stars. He’s the original bad boy of the kitchen. His first review described him as volatile, rather beautiful, with an intensity that could glaze a crème brûlée at ten paces. Back then, he was the man that made Gordon Ramsay cry. Now, he has over 30 restaurants around the world. Please welcome, the Godfather of Modern Cooking, Marco Pierre White.”
And yes, a number of his students, assistants and trainees (Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone, Heston Blumenthal, Mario Battali, to name a few) are now well-renowned chefs, too.
Of course, his success wasn’t devoid of obstacles, scandals and failures – some rather intimately publicized. I’m currently reading his book, The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef. It’s honest, touching, and insightful. I still have a few more chapters to go but I can honestly say that it’s one of the best chef memoirs written.
At 51 years of age, Marco Pierre White continues to be an inspiration. And I’m inspired, more than ever.
(Spotlight is the category where I share with you my “rock stars.” They’re not necessarily rocks singers or from rock bands (because, honestly, I insist to be a Rock Chick coz I LOVE Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chicks series but if we’re going down and dirty, I don’t know a lot of real rock stars). To say the least, spotlight’s the space for the people I seriously admire and look up to.)