Anna Carreon | Dec. 13, 2017
Fondly described as a silent yet efficient worker, Jerry’s story is a classic case of “sipag at tiyaga” — proving to everyone that with complete tools, the right attitude, and a passionate heart for food, anything is possible.
Kuya Jerry had already been in the food business for quite some time before he joined Pilmico. He started off as a utility worker for a number of restaurants in Manila and was eventually hired by a commissary.
Jerry’s exposure to the food industry inspired him to take on a more significant role in the kitchen. However, he knew he still had a lot to learn before pursuing his ultimate dream of becoming a chef.
An opportunity came just in time when Jerry was offered to work for Pilmico’s Research and Training Bakery (PRTB) in Parañaque City. He was initially hired as a sub-contractor, doing mostly utility work for the bakery, helping out where he could and learning and observing the baking techniques of his colleagues.
Because of his innate desire to do more, Jerry studied how to make basic bread dough from Pilmico’s own baker Chef Hugh. Eventually, Jerry learned to knead, develop recipes, and even assist in bakery training through demo presentations. To his colleagues, he was truly a vital addition to the team.
With his hard work and unquestionable work ethic, Jerry officially earned a spot as one of Pilmico’s bakers in September 2017. He wasted no time because as of today, he has already created flavorful breads that are quickly turning into customer favorites such as cheese roll, monggo, and ube buns.
As PRTB grows, Jerry will always remember the day he was entrusted to handle breads and the deep sense of teamwork among peers that make this possible. This value is what he hopes to pass on to his teammates in the bakery.
“Parati kong sinasabi sa mga kasama ko dito na maraming pwedeng matutunan; na hindi hadlang yung posisyon mo para mag-aral ng panibagong skill. Tulad nalang noon, nung pinagkatiwalaan ako ni Chef Hugh na tulungan siya sa breads. Ngayon naman gusto ko matuto gumawa ng pastry para mas marami akong magawa at matulungan dito sa bakery,” he shares.
With a knack for baking and a unique palate, Jerry is just getting started.