Although Loreta holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Urdaneta City University in The Philippines, she has always enjoyed working with food. In 2011, Loreta graduated from City & Guilds with a Diploma in Patisserie and followed that up with a Certificate in Asian Pastry Making from BITC.

In 2017, Loreta graduated from Kaplan Higher Education Institute with a Diploma in Commerce (focusing on Hospitality & Tourism Management). We are pleased to welcome her to Palate Sensations as one of our Chef Instructors focusing on Asian Pastry, Thai cooking class for domestic helpers, and supporting our Executive Chef in conducting classes. She is also in charge of the management of our kitchen.

What do you love about cooking/baking?

Being rewarded with smiling happy people when they enjoy the food I prepare.

What makes you happy?

My family.

What is your favorite part about being a Chef?

Meeting different people and trying different cuisines.

Who is the person you most admire in the food industry?

Gordon Ramsey because he is so no nonsense.

Person you would most like to cook for?

My father who is a great cook. I want him to try my food.

What do you eat? What’s your favourite dish? Why?

Kare kare (oxtail and vegetable stew from The Philippines).

What’s your secret weapon in the kitchen?

Always staying positive and happy in the kitchen.

If you weren’t cooking, what would you do for a living?

A primary school teacher.

See Chef Loreta’s upcoming classes

“I have been working at Palate Sensations for more than 5 years and as a chef instructor, I enjoy teaching participants and working with different guest chefs.  It is always fun and lively and there are always many opportunities to taste different types of cuisines and learn new techniques from the guest chefs.” – Chef Loreta Valdez

Chef Loreta Valdez: From Teaching in Primary School to Thai Cooking Class