Trinidad-Miguel

Miguel Trinidad

Biography

Executive Chef and Co-Owner of New York’s Maharlika Filipino Moderno and Jeepney Filipino Gastropub, Miguel Trinidad brings a new perspective to Filipino cuisine. His creativity and expertise on Filipino food has created a buzz and many notable publications, food writers and personalities have stated “Filipino Food is the Next Big Thing”, no doubt as a result of Chef Miguel’s pushing the cuisine in New York City.

Miguel honed his skill and love for Filipino cuisine on a three-month backpacking exploration across the island nation. His travels and his focus on Filipino food since 2007... READ MORE

Executive Chef and Co-Owner of New York’s Maharlika Filipino Moderno and Jeepney Filipino Gastropub, Miguel Trinidad brings a new perspective to Filipino cuisine. His creativity and expertise on Filipino food has created a buzz and many notable publications, food writers and personalities have stated “Filipino Food is the Next Big Thing”, no doubt as a result of Chef Miguel’s pushing the cuisine in New York City.

Miguel honed his skill and love for Filipino cuisine on a three-month backpacking exploration across the island nation. His travels and his focus on Filipino food since 2007 has brought him credibility in the Filipino and United States Food + Beverage community.

Formally trained at the Institute of Culinary Education, he was a “rookie” chef when tapped to be the Executive Chef at Soho hotspot, Lola. However, it is his 20+ years experience in the restaurant industry that has made him an integral member of Maharlika and Jeepney. He has worked in nearly every capacity of the restaurant and bar business ranging from bar back to maître ‘d.

With his Dominican heritage and New York upbringing, Chef Miguel understands that pushing Filipino food forward in the culinary spotlight means thinking outside the box.

Miguel articulates that “food is living art and is constantly evolving” and keeps simplicity and quality as cornerstones of his cooking philosophy. “I like to keep the energy positive in the kitchen, it has an impact on the food,” says Miguel. Returning customers and rave media reviews are a testament to his dedication.

Awards include:
Best New Restaurant, Maharlika
Best Burger, Jeepney
Best Seafood dish, Jeepney
TimeOut Burger Challenge, 2nd place New York Times, 2 stars (Pete Wells) TimeOut New York, 3 stars (Jay Cheshes) Michelin Recommended
Featured on:
Cooking Channel
Food Network
NBC
Fox
ABC-CBN (Philippines) GMA Network (Philippines)

Chef Miguel now resides in Long Island City, New York. He is a native New Yorker, and he was born in a New York City Taxi Cab.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Elias's Busy Corner, Catch of the Day

What is your ultimate meal? Anything from Roberta's Pizza, by Chef Carlo Mirarchi, but if I had to choose The Bee Sting

What three things are always in your pantry? Fish Sauce, Bagoong, Vinegar

If you weren't a chef, what would you be? Private Dancer

If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Chef Julia Alvarez

What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? Introducing Balut at SOBE Food and Wine Festival