Eugenio R. Gonzales, popularly known as Chef Gene, is a Filipino chef, restauranteur, educator, management consultant, and author. He is the founder and president of the Center for Asian Culinary Studies.
Gonzales started doing corporate work in a bank when he found his calling in the culinary field. In 1981, at age 23, he resigned and opened his own coffeeshop named Cafe Ysabel in the municipality of San Juan in Metro Manila, Philippines.
Gonzales honed his culinary skills through a series of apprenticeships in France and Italy. He also completed various specialized courses in food arts at the Culinary Institute of America]and the California Culinary Academy.
Gonzales has received numerous awards for restaurant and hospitality management. He is the sole TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) Awardee in Culinary Arts and has been honored by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines, the International Food Service Executive Association, and the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines.
Gonzales is the chef-owner of Cafe Ysabel, an upscale fine dining restaurant in San Juan, Metro Manila. He is also the founder and president of Center for Asian Culinary Studies, a culinary school specializing in Asian, European and fusion cuisine. He also chairs Supreme Food and Beverage Consultancy, a management consulting firm catering to businesses in the hotel and restaurant field.
Gonzales has hosted cooking shows on television. He has written books and magazine articles on topics related to Philippine and international cuisine.
Gonzales is a conseiller culinaire of the National Board of the Chaine des Rotisseurs. He is a member of International Wine and Food Society based in London. He is also a founding member of Alta Cocina Filipina, a culinary group which aims to promote and elevate the standards of Philippine cuisine.
- Fundamentals of Professional Cooking and Baking. Co-author with Jill Sandique. Anvil Publishing, 2004.
- Cocina Sulipeña: Culinary from Old Pampanga. Anvil Publishing.
- Pinoy Classic Cuisine Series. Anvil Publishing.
- Gonzales has a son named Gino Gonzales. He is also a chef-instructor and television host.
- Gonzales has competed and won in fencing at the Southeast Asian Games.
- Gonzales is also skilled in painting.