Savoring Laiya Gourmet’s flavorful journey


It does not take much to figure out what would make a catering business thrive: Impeccable service, sumptuous cuisine and flawless execution.

These are precisely what a simple business in Batangas aimed for and strove hard to achieve since its establishment in 2009 — and today Laiya Gourmet Catering and Events has evolved into a trusted partner for various government agencies and corporations.

Gerry Abanilla began his culinary journey with a comprehensive program in Fundamentals in Culinary Arts at ISCAHM, leading to experiences on a cruise ship and employment at a restaurant chain in Canada.

When Abanilla returned home, years of experience and expertise now under his cap, he laid the groundwork for Laiya Gourmet, initially as a catering service for corporate events. He swiftly gained the trust of both government agencies and private corporations.

Abanilla’s astute business acumen propelled the establishment of various restaurant concepts, including Chef Utoy’s Cucina, Quirido Bistro and Fusion by Laiya Gourmet, showcasing his mastery of Filipino and foreign culinary influences.

Beyond the confines of the kitchen, Laiya Gourmet distinguishes itself with a resolute commitment to community development.

Drawing inspiration from Abanilla’s Corporate Social Responsibility experiences in Canada, the brand actively engages in barista training, coastal clean-ups and livelihood programs in Batangas, extending its impact far beyond culinary offerings to embrace initiatives that uplift the community.

Laiya Gourmet’s catering services transcend the ordinary, emphasizing meticulous menu planning and collaboration with top event stylists.

The brand’s dedication to innovation shines through its active participation in prestigious events like “Weddings and Beyond,” where fresh concepts and menus are consistently introduced.

Alongside must-try Filipino delicacies, such as spareribs barbecue, chicken galantina, vegetable lumpia and mango tapioca, Laiya Gourmet’s Mediterranean offerings provide a mouthwatering alternative to local cuisine.

With the capability to serve up to 3,000 individuals in a single event and manage up to 10 events simultaneously, LGCE has forged synergistic partnerships with notable entities, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Center, DoLE, ABS-CBN, GMA, Samsung and more.

Abanilla’s culinary journey, starting as a kitchen helper, has been marked by significant milestones achieved through a combination of education and hands-on experience.

A proud Batangueno, Abanilla envisions establishing a family corporation through which his nephews can carry forward the legacy of free education and livelihood training he provided them.

Laiya Gourmet Catering and Events ranks among the top-caliber food and service providers in the Philippines.

Abanilla’s passion for cooking, combined with his culinary education, has allowed Laiya Gourmet to break barriers in catering and event designing.