Have you heard of Outré Manila? A stand out restaurant in the South, which was recently ranked as the number one ‘go to’ place in the South. With gelatos being churned in an unorthodox method using liquid nitrogen, along with funky house-made Mod-OZ comfort food to artistic vandalism on its wall, Outré Manila defines its meaning of being weird, unusual and out of the box thinking.
Neslly Bretaña, a graduate of SISFU with the Degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, wanting to bring and introduce Modern-Australian cuisine to the Philippines and educate consumers through food, birth out Outré Manila.
“Outré means weird, unusual. To a point, it means rebellious because it's far-out extraordinary. It's where you can find gelatos being churned in an unorthodox method using liquid nitrogen along with funky house-made Mod-OZ comfort food and way too much vandalism(as others would say, but I call it art) on the walls.” Says Neslly.
“I wanted to bring and introduce Modern-Australian cuisine to the Philippines. Australia was home to me for almost four years and it is the melting pot of a lot of cuisines; European, American(North and South) and a massive influence of the Asian cuisine mainly because a huge chunk of the population are immigrants from different countries. I want to educate consumers through food, by using quality ingredients and my experience as a chef to bring out a rainbow of flavors. What I would bring out of the pass is something I would eat at home without the artificial ingredients. The produce is sourced from Tagaytay, we use New Zealand ground beef and fresh Vannamei Prawns from Gen San. The Philippines has got so much potential when it comes to agriculture and aquaculture, it's up to the consumers to make it world-class and known.” Adds Neslly.
In inspiring its students, the school aims to give a sense of liberty to explore and see the world in a different perspective through the experiences they gain in and out of the campus.
“Some lessons you learn in school don't leave you. I've always wondered how some subjects would help me in the real world and I'm so glad that the Business subjects made a mark on me including Marketing by Ms. Yay Olmedo. Numbers don't love me but Ms. Caoile was really patient in explaining Basic Accounting and it definitely helped in running the bloody hardest part of the business, the administrative side, finance and all the other papers.” Says Neslly, when asked how SISFU helped her in running Outré Manila.
In what inspires her as a Chef, Neslly encourages her fellow SISFU students and inspiring entrepreneurs to reach for their dream.
“Never stop wanting to learn new things and get out of your comfort zone. Being a Chef is something I love, it's amazing to see guests enjoying their food and at the end of the long shift, remembering the nods of approval and heartfelt thanks I receive. I love the adrenalin rush during a busy service. Don't let setbacks stop you, I've had a couple of startups that weren't successful before this but it never stopped me from starting a new one. Also, when running your own business, never forget ethics - most especially your morals and respect the environment. Environmental sustainability is an important issue in other countries and I wish that other entrepreneurs would join the movement and educate the people here in the Philippines about it.”
The school highly believes in putting your work into practice. By doing so, achievement awaits you. On what your dream may be, the school will embark and pursue it with you.