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Happy Ongpauco-Tiu

Happy Ongpauco-Tiu grew up in a family whose love for food started one of the country’s successful restaurant chains. Growing up, she developed her own passion for food, making her pursue a career in the restaurant industry. She owns “The Happy Group Concept”, a group of companies that handles 5 specialty restaurants and 4 catering services.

Being busy with her career, she still considers being a wife and a mom her top priority. Whatever dish Happy whips up for her family, she always follows the best cooking advice she has ever received: Use the freshest ingredients.

“In terms of taste and quality of the food, it still boils down to the quality of the ingredients, di ba?  If you use the best ingredients, it really provides a big difference.” But being in a tropical country makes this a challenge, “That's why I like Sub-Zero. My Sub-Zero refrigerator has extended the shelf life of the ingredients crucial to my cooking”, Happy shares.  “In my home, the kitchen is my space.  Like I told my husband, 'I rule the kitchen, I choose my equipment. Because this is what I like doing.  Aside from this being my favorite hobby, cooking is also my career.  So I really have to invest in the best brand.  A Sub-Zero refrigerator may cost more but it's worth every centavo as it keeps food fresh longer and withstands the demands of a busy kitchen like mine.  Investing in a Sub-Zero is one of the best decisions I ever made.”

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