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Chef Rob Menor

Kultura Festival: Filipino American AF

Kultura Festival: Filipino American AF

Kultura, a modern Filipino American food and arts festival, was meant to reimagine Filipino cuisine with those of us lucky enough to grow up with it and to introduce it to new audiences. We didn’t realize that we were creating our own space.

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef Rob Menor, Papa Urb's Grill, Stockton, California

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef Rob Menor, Papa Urb's Grill, Stockton, California

Who is Chef Rob Menor, the man behind the Benjamin-printed bandana, the culinary artist who fights traditional standards on Balitang America? The Stockton-born chef says that he spent a decade cutting his teeth in Chicago; it was where he paid all his dues and learned the industry. He credits Chicago with making him the culinarian he is today, calling it "his graduate school." And while that is all true, there's also the side of Chef Rob that is very much rooted in Stockton, where he returned in 2014, looking for growth.