Country : Philippines
Restaurant : GREEN PASTURES
Address : Mandaluyong, Philippines
Raoul Roberto Goco or more commonly known as “Chef Robby” is the Director for Research and Development and Managing Partner of Cyma Greek Taverna and Green Pastures, a farm-to- table concept. He graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy in 1995.
“Good food is a right, not a privilege”- Chef Robby Goco
His main motivation in his professional career is to create, innovate and build distinct food service concepts to provide the Philippine dining market a better choice. So in 2004, Chef Robby opened Cyma Greek Taverna, which takes 3,500 years of Greek culinary excellence. With over 8 branches nationwide in the Philippines, Cyma still remains a crowd favorite despite being in the restaurant industry for more than 10 years. Cyma promises to deliver that one-of- a-kind OPA moment – a moment that will always be about bringing people together for a “flourishing” experience that starts with great food, then goes beyond by nurturing the soul and the spirit.
But aside from that, he is a passionate believer that food is more than just what we take in; it is also about what we leave behind. We need to be more conscious of our food and how it can affect the planet. We need to go beyond what tastes good and looks good, and also think about how we can maximize our ingredients and minimize waste. His main advocacy is to support the local farmers and help the local industry progress.
With this in mind, Chef Robby created Green Pastures, where he builds his menu by looking at what’s available around him. Here, all produce come from farms, ranches, and fisheries guided by the principles of sustainability. His inspiration for crafting his recipes is the story of each ingredient and the farmers who nurtured and cared for them.
He was a recipient of the 10 Outstanding Entrepreneurs of the Year Award in 2008 and a finalist of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2012. He was also nominated as Best Chef in Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards in 2012.
Chef Robby is also the man behind the sumptuous menus of various restaurants such as Tequila Joe’s, Achiote Taqueria, Go Greek, Munchtown, Le Monet, Hotel Luna, Vitalis Villas, Yumi and many others.
Winner, 10 Outstanding Entrepreneurs by Summit Magazine
Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year