MANILA – Before joining the hit reality show “Pinoy Big Brother”, Fourth Pagotan was working as an Indian chef of a hotel.
Pagotan, who was evicted from the famous yellow house last week, said he studied Culinary Arts at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) in Taft Avenue, as well as at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan.
“Before ako pumasok, Indian chef ako sa isang hotel,” Pagotan recalled on Tuesday’s episode of “Kris TV”, adding that he also specializes in European dishes such as roulades and osso buco.
But Pagotan, whose twin brother Fifth is still inside the PBB house, admitted that he initially did not have a passion for cooking.
A few years back, the twins were classmates in Far Eastern University (FEU) in Manila, taking up Mass Communication.
Pagotan said his many “rackets” or part-time jobs, however, caused him to perform poorly in school.
“Sa totoo lang, MassComm ako sa FEU noong una. Classmate po kami ni Fifth tapos nag-work po ako noon, ang daming raket,” he said, referring to his stints in singing and voice acting for cartoons and Korean soap operas.
“Tinry kong ipagsabay tapos bumagsak ako sa dalawang subject. Tapos noong bumagsak ako noon sa FEU ng dalawang subject, sabi ko, ‘ang pangit na ng record ko.’ Nag-drop ako at naghanap ng ibang course,” he added.
While looking for a new course to take, Pagotan remembered his friend, who is taking up culinary arts at CSB.
Although he has no background in cooking, Pagotan said he found the idea of becoming a chef interesting.
“Yung kaibigan ko culinary dito sa CSB. So sabi ko, mukhang okay ah, try ko. Pero ‘di pa talaga ako nagluluto,” he said. “Tapos noong tinry ko, nagustuhan ko ‘yung pagluluto.”
When asked how he was able to afford going to culinary school, which is typically very expensive, Pagotan said: “May ipon na rin ako, so ‘yung kalahati nahulug-hulugan ko. Tapos tulong ni Mommy [who works abroad].”
Mastered adobo inside PBB house
Meanwhile, Pagotan shared that his stint inside the PBB house also helped improve his cooking skills.
He recalled how he used to cook the Filipino dish adobo often for his fellow housemates to the point that he feels he has already mastered it.
“Kasi ang binibigay sa amin doon ni Kuya (Big Brother), toyo, patis, suka. So madalas talaga adobo ‘yung ginagawa ko,” he said.
“So mas madalas mong nagagawa. Adobo rice kami lagi. Na-perfect ko na ‘yung adobo ko doon,” he added.
Pagotan also thanked his background in cooking as it made his stay inside the big yellow house much more enjoyable.