For Isla Kulinarya’s November series,Island Pacific is proud and honored to feature delectable recipes from one of the best Filipino American chefs today, Chef Ryan Bergunio of Lola’s Restaurant in Hollywood. Known as a favorite hang-out of celebrities, Lola’s keeps attracting crowds because of its amazing food which has always enjoyed great reviews from its clientele, thanks to Executive Chef Ryan. Bergunio graduated from Le Cordon Blue, worked at Peninsula Beverly Hills, did an internship at Table 8 with Chef Armstrong, and was the Executive Chef at La Defence.
Dubbed by food connoisseurs as a world class chef, Ryan Bergunio was born in the Philippines, and was raised in the small town of New Milford, Connecticut. After high school, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a medical profession, but ended up working at Moishe’s Restaurant and enrolling at the exemplary Culinary School of Le Cordon Bleu Program in North America. He immersed himself in the masterpieces of French Chef Herve Guillard, English Chef Alyson Cook, and Master Baker, Joshua Orlando. Ryan graduated with a Scholarship, in the President’s Honor Roll, and a Perfect Attendance Award.
After graduation, Ryan worked with Celebrity Chef Govind Armstrong at Table 8 Restaurant and at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, before becoming an Executive Pastry Chef at Kado Restaurant. After a year, Ryan was hired as an Executive Chef at La Defence Restaurant. Then Lola’s came calling, and since then, he has been wowing Hollywood clients to no end with his amazing creations.
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