Chefs to Watch 2017: Lou Boquila, Perla, Philadelphia

Joy Manning

Filipino chef Lou Boquila excelled in culinary school, and after graduation, worked his way up to the position of executive chef at Audrey Claire, a well-regarded Philadelphia restaurant.

But his mother was not satisfied. 

“She was always pushing me to do something more—something beyond the kitchen—with my life,” says Boquila. But even if his mother couldn’t see it, Boquila knew he was on the...