I live life day by day and I am grateful for each day that comes my way,' Fores told Inquirer Lifestyle.
Chef Du Partie, which Fores runs with two partners, offers global cuisine right next to Mamou Too in Rockwell.
As recognition for her win in Asia's 50 Best as well as her efforts to promote Italian cuisine in the Philippines, Casa Artusi hosted an event where representatives from the local chamber of commerce and suppliers of Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto di Parma finally got to meet Fores
The exposure to Europe's best hotels and restaurants left impressions on Fores.
In 1987, Fores, fresh from lessons in Italian home kitchens, served cocktails at the 21st birthday party of her sister Bledes.
Although best known for her Italian cooking, Fores is also a proud advocate of Filipino cuisine.
More recently, together with respected chef Glenda Barretto, Fores prepared dinner for 700 guests and delegates at the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation 2015 welcome reception held in Manila in November.
I cannot divulge exactly what we will be serving, Fores told Inquirer Lifestyle in an exclusive interview.
Fores pointed out that their effort had pushed them to source assorted agricultural produce from Batanes to Jolo.
Fores, a big fan of Italian cuisine and citrusy drinks, was very impressed, as the newly launched liqueur reminded her of good, crisp and smooth Italian limoncello.
Fores flew with Aw during one of her visits to the province.
Casa Artusi president Giordano Conti and Sindaco Paolo Zoffoli called Fores onstage and presented her the award before a huge crowd.
You truly are my family here in Italy, Fores said before she held the heavy bronze trophy and posed gamely for the cameras.