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Host: Casto

Centreville, VA, United States

USD
$54-$70 per person

Traditional Filipino cooking class near Washington DC

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Casto

Casto was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old. He has been in the culinary space as long as he can remember – from an undergrad in Food Science in Upstate New York, to culinary school in Vancouver, Canada, to being a Pastry Chef at a hotel in Washington DC, and most recently an Executive Chef at a culinary school in Los Angeles. He moved to Manila in 2017 to discover his roots through food, language, and people and has since returned to the US. His cuisine is a reflection of his food journey: the memories of Filipino dishes shared at the family table, the Western techniques he learned and honed in the restaurant industry, and his imagination that brings both of them together. Apart from being a chef, Casto is also a yoga teacher and loves the outdoors. He looks forward to spreading his love of Filipino cuisine as well as connecting with food-forward travelers, sharing food and travel stories.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Meet Casto at his condominium in the Washington DC suburb of Centreville. After settling in with a welcome drink and snack, join Casto in his cozy kitchen for a hands-on cooking class that will last about an hour. You will learn to make 2-3 dishes during your traditional Filipino cooking class with Casto. Learn to cook dishes such as taho (a silky soy milk custard), adobong manok sa gata (adobo braised chicken with coconut milk) and ensaladang pinoy (green mango salad) or lumpiang shanghai (mini spring rolls). By the end of your cooking class, you will have successfully learned to use local, seasonal ingredients to recreate Casto’s interpretation of traditional Filipino dishes. Later join him (and his parents when they are available) at the dining table to share the meal you helped prepare as well as a few additional dishes that Casto may have prepared in advance.

Notes: You will also be asked to take your shoes off when you enter his apartment, as this is a part of the Filipino tradition that embodies respect for the owner of the house.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Welcome drink: ginger lemongrass tea
  • Welcome snacks: kesong puti (white cheese) and guava jelly bruschetta
  • Family-style entrees: adobong manok sa gata (adobo braised chicken with coconut milk), ensaladang pinoy (green mango salad), lumpiang shanghai (mini spring rolls), sauteed kangkong (water spinach), mixed grain pilaf
  • Dessert: taho (soy milk panna cotta) with mango jam
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Casto is a great conversationalist and there was never a dull moment with him. Denise and I think that he is an old soul because he is young but has a lot of experience up his sleeve! We admire how Casto expresses his individuality and his vibrant personality is evident in how he presents himself. We loved what he served us for lunch. We are not vegans but we really enjoyed the food. He served us 3 dishes, 2 of which were tangy, and the other had a rich taste of garlic and mushroom which really complemented the taste of the whole meal.

Cherry and Denise, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (1)
We enjoyed the vegan lunch we helped Chef Cas prepare for us. From the welcome drink (turmeric tea) and small bites to the 5-course meal which included a refreshing mango dessert and the local cherry red wine - everything was yummy! Gigi M
- Gigimant April 15, 2019
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Casto

$54-$70 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
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  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $62 $54
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $62 $54
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm

Meet Casto

Casto was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old. He has been in the culinary space as long as he can remember – from an undergrad in Food Science in Upstate New York, to culinary school in Vancouver, Canada, to being a Pastry Chef at a hotel in Washington DC, and most recently an Executive Chef at a culinary school in Los Angeles. He moved to Manila in 2017 to discover his roots through food, language, and people and has since returned to the US. His cuisine is a reflection of his food journey: the memories of Filipino dishes shared at the family table, the Western techniques he learned and honed in the restaurant industry, and his imagination that brings both of them together. Apart from being a chef, Casto is also a yoga teacher and loves the outdoors. He looks forward to spreading his love of Filipino cuisine as well as connecting with food-forward travelers, sharing food and travel stories.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Meet Casto at his condominium in the Washington DC suburb of Centreville. After settling in with a welcome drink and snack, join Casto in his cozy kitchen for a hands-on cooking class that will last about an hour. You will learn to make 2-3 dishes during your traditional Filipino cooking class with Casto. Learn to cook dishes such as taho (a silky soy milk custard), adobong manok sa gata (adobo braised chicken with coconut milk) and ensaladang pinoy (green mango salad) or lumpiang shanghai (mini spring rolls). By the end of your cooking class, you will have successfully learned to use local, seasonal ingredients to recreate Casto’s interpretation of traditional Filipino dishes. Later join him (and his parents when they are available) at the dining table to share the meal you helped prepare as well as a few additional dishes that Casto may have prepared in advance.

Notes: You will also be asked to take your shoes off when you enter his apartment, as this is a part of the Filipino tradition that embodies respect for the owner of the house.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Welcome drink: ginger lemongrass tea
  • Welcome snacks: kesong puti (white cheese) and guava jelly bruschetta
  • Family-style entrees: adobong manok sa gata (adobo braised chicken with coconut milk), ensaladang pinoy (green mango salad), lumpiang shanghai (mini spring rolls), sauteed kangkong (water spinach), mixed grain pilaf
  • Dessert: taho (soy milk panna cotta) with mango jam
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Casto is a great conversationalist and there was never a dull moment with him. Denise and I think that he is an old soul because he is young but has a lot of experience up his sleeve! We admire how Casto expresses his individuality and his vibrant personality is evident in how he presents himself. We loved what he served us for lunch. We are not vegans but we really enjoyed the food. He served us 3 dishes, 2 of which were tangy, and the other had a rich taste of garlic and mushroom which really complemented the taste of the whole meal.

Cherry and Denise, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (1)
We enjoyed the vegan lunch we helped Chef Cas prepare for us. From the welcome drink (turmeric tea) and small bites to the 5-course meal which included a refreshing mango dessert and the local cherry red wine - everything was yummy! Gigi M
- Gigimant April 15, 2019
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $62 $54
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $62 $54
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
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