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  • Pinoy Top Chefs Share Their Recipe for Raising Unique, Confident, and Successful Kids

    The husband and wife share the traits they want their kids to have to be successful adults.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
Pinoy Top Chefs Share Their Recipe for Raising Unique, Confident, and Successful Kids
  • Chefs Rolando and Jacqueline Laudico are Filipino food advocates and executive chefs at Chef Laudico Restaurants and Catering. They enjoy life’s journey with their fantastic kids, Orlando and Keona. Below is a letter the couple wrote for their two children.

    Dear Orlando and Keona.

    Let us share with you this one-of-a-kind recipe:

    Laudico Recipe for Success


    12 cups of Talent
    1 pinch of Uniqueness
    10 gallons of Confidence
    1 lifetime of Craftsmanship
    7 cups of Energy
    A stream of Sacrifice
    21 grams of Soul

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    1. Uncover talent.

    Starting at a young age, do what you love doing, whatever it is that makes you happy. You will discover that those things are actually talents that you can develop. Top the talent with passion and perseverance, and you will eventually be very good and very skilled that it would be like second nature. We were lucky that we discovered the joy of cooking and baking at an early age, so we just kept doing them and somehow never got tired of them. We still have fun cooking and baking to this day.

    2. Add uniqueness.

    Always be yourself. Don’t be afraid to be unique and different. Sometimes it’s hard to fit in and be accepted by your friends and classmates, so you try so hard to be part of a group and just belong. True friends will accept you for who you are; great friends would even admire you. Don’t just blend in — stand out from the crowd. Be comfortable in your own skin. Which brings us to the next step...

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    "True friends will accept you for who you are; great friends would even admire you."

    3. Build confidence.

    Self-confidence is one of the most important ingredients for success. Without it, you will be afraid to tackle challenges, try new things, or handle problems that arise in your life. Confidence gives us the strength to learn from our mistakes and not look at them as failures. Have the heart to rise above life’s challenges. Before we became chefs, we probably failed a hundred times at cooking. But instead of giving up, we chose to believe in ourselves.

    4. Hone craft.

    Never stop learning your craft. Craftsmanship is all about improving your work and striving for excellence. Learning is a never-ending process, so always have an open mind and be ready to pick up new ideas. There is always room for improvement, and if you’re humble enough not to think you know everything, then you will see and learn everything!

    5. Replenish energy.

    Always take care of yourself and your body. Without your health, you would not have the energy to reach your full potential. Energy is the driving force for everything, even in cooking. It’s impossible to bake without energy, and life would not be possible without it. But being full of energy can also be bad if it is mostly negative. So always share your positive energy to the world so everyone can feed off of it and it can make a lot of people happy.

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    "Never compromise yourself — not for money, fame, or anything else."

    6. Learn sacrifice.

    It requires a lot of sacrifice to reach your goal in life and to succeed. Nothing comes easy and you need to work hard for it. Going to school and studying take a lot of sacrifice, but without education and hard work, it is impossible to become the person you dream of becoming. As parents, we sacrificed a great deal to be where we are right now. We continue to work hard so we can provide only the best for you.

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    7. Maintain essence of soul.

    Lastly, never compromise yourself — not for money, fame, or anything else. There will come a time when you will have a choice to become someone you are not because it’s the easy way out. Don’t do it because you will just end up being unhappy and eventually lose your soul. Without happiness in your soul, life will be sad, and all the money or fame in the world can never fix it. Just follow this simple recipe, share generously, and hopefully you will cook up something fantastic in your life. But whatever it is you end up cooking, we will always be here for you.

    Papa and Mama

    This letter was originally published in the book Letters to My Children, a compilation of heartwarming notes penned by public figures and celebrities for their kids. The book is published by Summit Books.

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