Fuck, I am who I am / Glen Ramaekers

Glen Ramaekers Isuga, age 41.

Glen was born in Washington DC, with a Filipina mom (Negros Occidental) and Belgian dad (Limburg). His first house was the Belgian embassy across from the Rockefellers on Foxhall Rd. Where after, he grew up in Belgium in a catering family, medium student, with a full schedule (basketball, theatre classes, etc) in a big family company with his uncles and cousins.

Great culinary heritage from his father's side, finished school at Ter Duinen (finest culinary school in the country) with a specialisation in wine management. He did stages in France at La Pyramide & Moulin de Mougins in Cannes (both 2 Michelin stars) to start his first job as assistant sommelier at the Iconic Scholteshof (2 Michelin stars) and then the Sea Grill in Brussels. He took a year of business management and started as an independent for 8 years with SWAFFOU as a wine agent for top wines makers from over the world. At the same time delivering, running a shop, working evenings at restaurants all over Belgium.

He had a restaurant with his brother for 5 years where food, drinks were combined with classic/street art and live jazz music; later on also eclectic, underground parties. After that he ended up at Claessens in the fruit & vegetable industry to eventually open up Humphrey, a restaurant related to his filipino roots with his wife Julie providing homegrown vegetables. Not to forget the years working with Don Papa, bringing him around the EU and back to the Philippines.

What makes you laugh?

Spending time with good friends, my bachelor team messenger group, my daughter dancing and singing her heart out.

When did you last cry?

One of the last sad movies I saw, forgot what it was, and before that hugging my mom.

What’s your earliest memory?

Turning the press of the press canard (to make the duck sauce with blood) at la Tour d'Argent in Paris; guess I was 5.

Describe what ‘love’ means to you.

Love for my wife and child, people who make you laugh and cry at the same time and make you forget all sorrows of the world. Love for food or drinking wine almost can give you the same feeling.

What makes you unique to everyone else on this planet?

I don't think myself as unique although no one is the same either. I'm a great promoter of others but apparently not enough myself.

Name 3 people (living or dead) you’d invite to your virtual quarantine dinner party.

My godfather Willy Van Cauwenbergh (I never knew him, only the stories about him, only thing I remember is a heavy voice, small guy, white hair), my Lolo (died when I was 2/3; the dark Filipino man with a white panama hat) and Zeny (who passed away recently, a Filipina woman with an unique laugh and great humour).

Describe yourself in 5 words (this can be a sentence or 5 separate words).

Positive, Social, Entrepreneur, Helpful, Chaotic & Creative.

Who or what has made the greatest impact on your life?

Although at first my wife. Thinking about it and discussing about it with my wife, it's my parents because they guided me to what and who I am today, from my education on to feeding me with knowledge, gastronomy and being a good person. I travelled the world with them, to fight and not give up whatever the circumstances.

Any regrets?

Not going to the Hotel management school in Lausanne. It took me a lot of time to achieve what I've got now but at the same time, over the years good and bad I've learned so much.

Tell us something no one knows about you (and I mean no-one)? Until now.

I've had 4 bankruptcies; currently running my fifth company - Humphrey restaurant, which is the best achievement/exposure I have ever had (and still a work in progress).