swining and dining

Monday, February 27, 2006


(LOS ANGELES) – Receiving numerous accolades and a loyal following for his soulful pan-Asian cuisine and establishing, a reputation as one of the West Coast’s most important chefs of Asian cuisine*, Chef Rodelio Aglibot has officially left his post as Executive Chef of Yi Cuisine, located at 7910 Third Street in Los Angeles, and will spend the next 3 months documenting his culinary sabbatical around the world before returning to Los Angeles to embark upon new developments.
Rodelio’s sabbatical will take him as far away as India, Australia, Southeast Asia, Turkey, Greece and the Mediterranean. It is in these places that he plans to reconnect with products and seasonality, hone his cooking techniques and “rekindle the flame” and his passion for food. To Rodelio, a man who reveres culture as much cooking, his travels will not only be a celebration of food, but of the people behind the food and the spirit of hospitality. His final stop will be a homecoming to Hawaii, where he first learned to cook from his Filipino father and mother.
As typical of his nature to share, Rodelio will be documenting his trip in a blog allowing his loyal fans, friends and peers to experience his tasty journey. The blog will be called “Swining and Dining,” a whimsical reference to fans who know him as the King of Pork** for his adept and creative use of pork in his fusion dishes. “Swining and Dining” will soon be online at swiningandining.blogspot.com.
Rodelio’s adventurous nature carries into his attraction to all types of cuisine and has influenced the diversity of ingredients and flavors in his cooking. Every ingredient, taste and texture Rodelio creates has a history of exploration through which he shares his ideas about life, food, cultural diversity and respect for people. Born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii, Rodelio draws inspiration from his ethnic roots and refines his ideas through his formal French training and experience. Formerly the executive chef of Koi in Los Angeles, Rodelio earned his stars for creating an innovative menu of Asian dishes, blending bright flavors with an array of textures and temperatures. Since Rodelio opened Yi Cuisine in 2004, critics hailed his imaginative and playful menu, a storybook of nostalgic food memories from his childhood and past travels. Judging from his past two success stories, Rodelio is sure to excite the L.A. restaurant scene upon landing in late spring.
Rodelio is currently consulting on several restaurant projects in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, including a family project, Reggie’s Island Grill, which he opened with his sister in November in Vacaville, California.
*Brad A. Johnson - Angeleno Magazine
**Martin Booe – Angeleno Magazine