A platform for Filipino-American chefs to express what regional Filipino food looks like in America.

We connect with our roots and cultivate the future on what a Filipino-American means.

Insurgo (Latin for “to go against the grain”), is Chef Harold’s community collective focused on farm to table movements in low-income neighborhoods in New York City and around the world. As a man raised in what we now call “food desserts” and whose first job is in Mcdonald’s, he gives urban youth education, opportunities, and experiences that embody the taste and entrepreneurial drive of an international culinary movement. Harold and Insurgo organize community tastings, implement elementary and high school curriculums, create workshops and more. Through this he has inspired thousands of kids and is now the US Culinary Ambassador for Denmark, The Bahamas, and Romania.

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About Chef Harold Villarosa

Entrepreneur | Social Impact | Executive Chef

Harold Villarosa is an Executive Chef, entrepreneur, and proven leader in creating social impact. Born in the Philippines and raised in the South Bronx, he hustled his way from working in fast food to landing spots at Michelin-rated restaurants all over the world, including the #1 rated Noma in Copenhagen. He earned his first Executive Chef position at Freemans Restaurant, a hidden gem at the end of Freemans Alley in the Lower East Side of NYC.

Chef Harold has been featured in numerous media outlets over the years including VICE’s ‘Munchies’, NY1 where he was named ‘New Yorker of the Week’, and is now one of the featured hosts on Bon Appétit with his new show ‘Dish It Out’. Villarosa also runs a non-profit organization called Insurgo Project, where he teaches youth in low-income neighborhoods about food justice and gives them first-hand experience on what it takes to make it in the restaurant industry.

About Chef Harold Villarosa

Entrepreneur | Social Impact | Executive Chef

Harold Villarosa is a self-made Executive Chef, entrepreneur, and proven leader in creating social impact. Born in the Philippines and raised in the South Bronx, he hustled his way from working in fast food to landing spots at Michelin-rated restaurants all over the world, including the #1 rated Noma in Copenhagen. He earned his first Executive Chef position at Freemans Restaurant, a gem hidden at the end of Freemans Alley in the Lower East Side of NYC.

Chef Harold has been featured in numerous media outlets over the years including VICE’s ‘Munchies’, NY1 where he was named ‘New Yorker of the Week’, and is now one of the featured hosts on Bon Appétit with his new show ‘Dish It Out’. Villarosa also runs a non-profit organization called Insurgo Project, where he teaches youth in low-income neighborhoods about food justice and gives them first hand experience on what it takes to make it in the restaurant industry.

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