The Team


Erwan Heussaff – Founder

Erwan believes that food, as a basic necessity, is probably more important than breathing. He believes that food is a coherent experience that needs to be taken in with all the senses.  He wants to see the Philippines become internationally known not only for its cuisine but also for its love for the craft, be it foreign or local. He used to be fat because of overeating, but his love and better understanding of ingredients is what made him lose weight.

You will find Erwan in his living room, sipping on a glass of Merlot, with a slab of Pork Belly in the oven, waiting for the crisp smell and the pops and sizzles to tell him it’s ready.

Yes, he believes that he has a 6th sense when it comes to food and drinks. He is also slightly delusional.



Trish Sebastian

Trish Sebastian is a desk jock who geeks out to spread sheets during the day.  Outside of work, she is a food activist who grows her own organic vegetables and homecooks dinners (almost) every single night.  She is Filipino by birth, breeding, and at heart, and currently living the dream in suburban America.  She is passionate about life, is head-over-heels about travel, and hopes to one day hike Patagonia and Bhutan.

Travel journal, home projects and life:

IG: brownsugahhh

Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez is a food and music-obsessed former Londoner who now contributes to Rogue. She pretends to travel the world, and write about her escapades as an editor for Navigator. Her dream dinner party includes Anthony Bourdain, Brett Graham, Fergus Henderson and Ice-T and Coco. She is still looking for the meal of her life.

Mariyah Gonzales

Mariyah Gonzales is a first generation Canadian in Toronto with dreams of the bright lights in Manila. Her degree from Western University focused on the ties between culture and the environment and she believes in food that is good, clean and fair. A writer and photographer, you’ll often find Mariyah involved in capturing food and the grace and healing it can bring to the table.


Twitter: @mariyahaisha

Instagram: @mas_pan

Kathy S. Molina

Kathy S. Molina graduated from the University of the Philippines – Diliman with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film. Briefly after graduation, she worked as a writer-director for MayDay Multimedia, an audio-visual group dedicated to creating documentaries and audio-visual projects for laborers nationwide. From July 2012 to present, she works as a scriptwriting training assistant to Mr. Ricky Lee (scriptwriter and novelist). Driven by her passion and principles, Kathy aims to transform the mundane to a whole-hearted experience of reality’s senses.


Therese San Diego

Therese San Diego puts pen to paper for breakfast, lunch and dinner. By day, she is engaged in the study of neglected tropical diseases, child rights and other development issues as writer, editor and research associate at the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication. Beyond office hours, she works as freelance writer and editor, occasionally blogs on and this website, and scribbles culinary discoveries in her tiny home kitchen.


Instagram: @thecitylifestylist

Sydaney Moog

Sydaney Moog is a Chinese/Thai/Laos/Vietnamese gal from sunny Sydney, Australia.  She enjoys reading, travelling, dabbling in fashion and is passionate about sharing the food, culture and traditions of her many backgrounds.  Currently a Business Analyst, she dreams of one day exiting the Corporate Game to spend her days writing and travelling the world with her husband and little boy.

Jessi Singson

Jessi SingsonA Manila girl gone rogue in Melbourne.

Fuelled by her love of food, writing, and photography, it wasn’t a surprise when she found herself typing up her very first blog entry a few years ago. Her dreams consist of crispy, juicy duck confit, handmade fresh pasta, that one mind-blowing tonkotsu ramen she had in Sydney in 2012, and endless sashimi and sushi tablescapes. Oh, and eventually going into the culinary arts. That, too! She also loves long walks on the beach (read: tanning and any excuse to grill fresh seafood) and romantic dinner dates (read: being able to taste everyone else’s food).

Karima Danao

Born in her maternal grandparents’ kitchen, Karima grew up having a deep connection with food. One of her favorite dishes is whole mackerel stewed in kakang-gata and bagoong… eaten always with three plates of rice. When travelling abroad, she’s constantly on the lookout for demon masks or macabre ashtrays to complement her collection of goth stone and glassware. She believes regular exercise is good but White Russians are always better!

Carmela Villegas

After working in a bakery/patisserie in the south of France, Carmela decided to pack up and come back to the Philippines to start her own business, Casa San Luis, her ode to pastries, sweets and desserts. She wishes to share her passion with everyone. Making and eating desserts are some of her sure fire stress relievers. Especially the eating part.

She loves peanut butter and chocolate, travelling around the world for inspiration and believes that no meal is complete without dessert.

Mari Jasmine

Mari was born in Japan and raised in Australia. She travels the world for work and is now based in Manila. Whilst her day job is modelling & hosting, her real passion lies in life’s simple pleasures – cooking, health & the outdoors.

Mari loves to make food with natural, wholesome ingredients. Her motto is to eat colourfully and to use plenty of fruits & veggies. She hopes her recipes inspire others to do so as well!



Carina Santos

Master Web Layout Designer for


Dan Matutina

Iconic Designer and Illustrator.

HOW TO Banner


Mike Parker

Graphic Designer and Brand Whiz Kid




Debonair Comic Artist.

FOOD Banner



Intricate and Adventurous Illustrator.




Nostalgic Graphic Designer.




Dart Tiglao
Online Strategist and Digital Reputation Manager

Jenn Manigao
Wordpress Developer


I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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