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  • Judy Ann Santos Credits Ryan Agoncillo For Making Her Cooking Dreams Come True

    What began as a lovers' quarrel between Ryan and Judy Ann became the beginnings of her signature dish — and soon a restaurant.
    by Rachel Perez .
Judy Ann Santos Credits Ryan Agoncillo For Making Her Cooking Dreams Come True
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  • Opening a restaurant is another big milestone for couple Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, but before posting about their new business endeavor, the renowned actress, chef, and cookbook author paid tribute first to her husband, who just turned 40 last April 10.

    "This man—my husband, my enabler, a friend to many, a good son, brother and uncle, the father of my children, most of all, my love—is the reason why AngryAdobo came to be," Judy Ann wrote. She credited Ryan for recognizing a good idea and saw it through and through.

    "He believed in something I'm in denial to see and believe. [He], who sees me at my best and still loves me at my worst, thank you for your faith in my passion for cooking," the mom of three said of her husband. "I love you forever. I am forever grateful," Judy Ann added.

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    It was also a touching and somewhat timely, although late, birthday message to Ryan, who replied in the comments: "Just grateful for the chance to make your dreams come true, my love," he wrote. "Thank you for the trust," he added.

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    Back in February this year, Ryan shared the backstory behind Judy Ann's "angrydobo" dish. According to him, Judy Ann first made it after they — still only dating at the time — had a petty-turned-huge fight. She had promised to cook a big batch of adobo for their Filipino friends in Los Angeles, California, one that they could just freeze and reheat for the next two weeks.

    "That night, fight or no fight, I was sent out with a list of ingredients. It was close to midnight when I got back. My girlfriend was having a glass of wine in the kitchen," Ryan wrote as he shared the story. "Without uttering a word, I dumped the supplies on the counter, and immediately went to bed," he added.

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    When Ryan woke up the next morning, already closer to noon, he found Judy Ann still cooking adobo, not having had any sleep yet. "The kitchen was hot and heavy with the smell of passion and witchcraft," he wrote. As Ryan sat on a kitchen stool, Judy Ann wordlessly placed a bowl on the table in front of him and went straight to bed.

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    "I looked down into the bowl of fluffy white rice, topped with this dark but gleaming adobo still steamy fresh out of the pot," he shared. It was the first time Ryan tasted Judy Ann's angrydobo. About 14 years later after that magical lover's quarrel that produced the dish, it's now a restaurant—and it's still made with love — and much passion.

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    The support Ryan gives his wife does not go unreciprocated, as Judy Ann has always had Ryan's back as well. This was apparent when he ticked off one item in his bucket lists as he took part in a motorbike trek up the mountain range of the Himalayas in 2017. Ryan has always been Judy Ann's reality check, as she had shared before — he always tells her the truth and doesn't just agree just to please her.

    The Agoncillos  are also one of the most-traveled celebrity couples. Judy Ann and Ryan even renewed their wedding vows in 2016, three years shy of a decade of marriage. 

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    When Ryan posted a couple photo for his birthday and captioned it, "We've only just begun." Judy Ann replied with four heart emojis. When Judy Ann wrote Ryan a birthday shoutout on Instagram, she joked, "It’s that time of the year na magka-edad tayo! Cheers to more adventure, love, laughter, and more love!!! I love you." To which the dad of three replied," Thank you bub. I love you!"

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    As they are poised to open their new business venture, Judy Ann thanked a lot of people, from her guests to the staff and everyone who made the restaurant and the tasting event successful. Of course, she offered a special thank you to Ryan, who first shared the story behind the dish and posted his own sketch of Angrydobo restaurant's would-be logo in March on Instagram.

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    "Most importantly, Ryan, my husband, if it weren’t for you, none of this would have happened," she said. "Thank you for holding my hand and assuring me, that everything will be okay," Judy Ann said. Truly, it's "made with love."

    Chef Judy Anne’s Angrydobo already has the perfect tagline, "Made with Love," and it's opening in May 2019 at 2456 Taft Avenue, in Manila.

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