Family of Phillipino chefs are cooking up careers across the North East

FAMILY RECIPE: John, Christine and Bill Arrojo.
FAMILY RECIPE: John, Christine and Bill Arrojo.
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THREE Sunderland siblings are cooking up careers in top restaurants.

John, Christine and Bill Arrojo, are keeping up the family tradition of making a meal of things.

The chefs, who were born and raised in the Philippines, but now live in Hendon, all decided to pursue a career in professional cookery, carrying on the family tradition with their dad, uncle and aunt all successful chefs.

John, 23, enrolled at Newcastle College in 2009, and during his three years there won six gold medals at the prestigious NECTA awards and a number of job offers.

He worked for Azzuri and then the Tavistock Group, before joining Seaham Hall as Chef de Partie.

Sister Christine, 20, joined Newcastle College in 2010, won four gold medals at NECTA competitions and after several successful placements, moved to Marco Pierre White in Newcastle, where she works as a Commis Chef.

Now, Bill, 18, is studying professional cookery at Newcastle College, and hopes to live up to the success of his older brother and sister.

John said: “I have always thought that food runs in our blood.

“Growing up it was a big part of our lives, but my family never pushed us to follow them into the industry.

Christine added: “I’ve always been interested in cooking and so going to college was the obvious choice.

“At first it was a bit annoying having to follow in my brother’s success, but there really isn’t any competition between us – in fact, we don’t actually cook at home.”

Bill said: “I do feel the pressure sometimes as they are too good, but I don’t want to follow them.

“I’m happy being my own person and just want to keep on enjoying cooking and go with the flow.”