Chef Claude Tayag’s proudly Kapampangan food concept, BALE DUTUNG, is one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Asia. Ranked as one of the best by the Miele Guide in 2009, Chef Tayag’s humble abode reached celebrity status when he was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” in 2008.
Tayag was raised in Angeles City and is the 9th of 12 children--earning him the clever nickname of “Claude 9”. While his first passion was the visual arts (he is now an accomplished furniture designer and painter), Claude often observed his mother in the kitchen--picking up little bits and pieces of culinary knowhow.
It was only in 1979, after an Economics degree at UP-Clark, that Claude found himself backpacking in Europe and craving for homemade Filipino food. Living on only about $10 a day, he explored wet markets in search of cheap, alternative ingredients. Learning to experiment with food unleashed Chef Tayag’s culinary creativity and paved way to more milestones in his life such as Bale Dutung.
Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga
Mobile: +63 917 535-9198
Telephone: +632 668-4038, 502-4527
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Official Website: BaleDutung.com