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Millennial chef from Saipan wins Pika Best of Guam

(Press Release) — If there is one thing that 23-year-old chef, Anne Elenzano,  has learned and embraced from her parents, that is probably how to be the best in what they love to do.

Chef Anne, originally from Saipan and a proud AlumKnight of Mount Carmel School, is the daughter of multi-awarded tattoo artist Edong Elenzano and his health-buff wife Fe. Edong has conquered various World Tattoo Arts Festivals and Exhibitions all over the Asia-Pacific region while Fe was judged as the champion in Gold’s Gym Saipan’s “Body Success Challenge” three years in a row. Chef Anne is also the sister of John Edward Elenzano, the first and only national champion to date from the CNMI for the National Forensics League Competition.

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Anne Elenzano

With a DNA of winners in her veins, Chef Anne recently added a couple of recognition to the long list of their family achievements, when her own Filipino restaurant “Pinoy Foodtrip” and bakery “Gelicious Cakes and Pastries” won in the 2018 Pika Best in Guam awards as Best Filipino Food and Best Frozen Treats, respectively. These recognitions are quite remarkable considering the fact that both food establishments are less than a year old in the business.

Meanwhile, Edong’s Megavision El Drako Tattoo won its fourth consecutive Best Tattoo Shop and Best Tattoo Artist award from the same award-giving body this year.

Indeed, Chef Anne belongs in a family of achievers. She also credits her family as a big factor in the success of her two businesses. She gets help from her brother John Mark and aunts in the kitchen which she manages with her mom Fe especially in coming up with different menu items every day.

Chef Anne honed her cooking skills by watching her family prepare meals since she was a child. She learned how to cook Filipino dishes from her relatives in La Union, the Philippines during her visits every summer. 

The young entrepreneur got her formal training when she enrolled in the Guam Community College culinary program in 2015 and completed it after two years, earning an A.A. degree in Culinary Arts and a Certified Culinarian certification. And the rest, they say, is history.

For people looking for amazing Filipino food and delicious sweet treats at an affordable price, Pinoy Foodtrip and Gelicious are located in Tamuning across Megabyte Guam on Marine Corps Drive and offers one choice, two choice or more for meals from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and short orders and snacks from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Mondays through Saturdays.