Sweet Inspirations
My Pope Philippines|NOVEMBER 2019
Chef Baba Benedicto talks about comfort food, making a big shift, and baking for Pope Francis.
Tata Mapa

How did you end up baking for Pope Francis?

A friend of mine, Chef Tippi Tambunting, actually cooked for the Pope one evening. He personally requested for cakes that he could serve on the plane for the birthday celebrator in his entourage. For the birthday cake, his only request was that we put only one candle as it isn’t proper to reveal a woman’s age. Tippi called four bakers, and asked me if I was willing to bake the birthday cake. Of course, I willingly accepted. I was honored, humbled, and thrilled. I am grateful that Tippi thought of me.

What did you bake for him?

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