Casto was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old. He has been in the culinary space as long as he can remember – from an undergrad in Food Science in Upstate New York, to culinary school in Vancouver, Canada, to being a Pastry Chef at a hotel in Washington DC, and most recently an Executive Chef at a culinary school in Los Angeles. He moved to Manila in 2017 to discover his roots through food, language, and people. Casto recently decided to go vegan and started re-creating traditional Filipino recipes, which tend to be very pork and seafood heavy, into delicious plant-based renditions. He looks forward to spreading the love for Filipino cuisine with his plant-based cooking class as well as connecting with food-forward travelers, sharing food and travel stories. Casto lives in a comfortable condominium in Metro Manila.