Restaurant : The Goose Station
Address : W Tower, 1117 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Website : http://www.thegoosestation.ph
Rob Pengson is a rebel of sorts. And this fact is apparent in the food he serves at The Goose Station, the restaurant he has built together with his wife Sunshine. The restaurant, regarded as the first tasting menu focused establishment in the metro, is known for its inventive, thought-provoking, even groundbreaking cuisine which challenges traditional cuisine by ignoring dogma and infusing culture and heritage into cooking.
At The Goose Station, Rob serves a pre-fixed tasting menu which draws on the colorful and varied history of our country and redefining it through creative means. The Rizal Menu of the Goose Station has been universally praised by critics and bloggers alike because of its unconventional take on dishes that we have grown accustomed to.
Aside from the Filipina menu, The Goose Station also boasts of two other menu themes namely, Memory and the Epicurean Bar.
The Goose Station has also reaped numerous local and international awards recognizing its excellence. It was voted as Top 100 in Asia and Top 3 in Manila in the 2011-2012 Miele Guide, and in 2010, it was recognized as Best New Restaurant by Manila’s Best Kept Restaurants and as one of Philippines’ best by Luxedining.com. Rob and Sunshine were awarded as the Best Emerging Talent for 2010 by Manila’s Best Kept Restaurants.
Before transforming the local culinary field, Rob decided to leave home and completed a two-year Associates Degree course in the California Culinary Academy at just 19 years old. He was then trained at the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco and staged in restaurants in Australia, Japan, Singapore and Bilbao. His return to Manila introduced him to another opportunity – teaching. After almost a decade of teaching, Rob became the co-founder and CEO of Global Academy where he pioneered the Epicurean Lab, the school’s culinary science department promoting modern gastronomy to the local restaurant industry. With a degree from the Asian Institute of Management, Chef Rob is at the helm of some of Manila’s finest restaurants: Hyve and Vyne, Hungry Hound, Niner Ichi Nana, and Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar.
Rob also delved into cooking for TV when he hosted QTV’s (now GMA News TV) Chef to Go where he was nominated as Best Educational Program Host by the Star Awards for Television in 2008.