The Cooking Priest

For all you food buffs out there, I’m sure all of you know about Fr. Leo Patalinghug, the Fil-Am cooking priest. I just recently found out about Grace Before Meals, which is centered on one fundamental concept: the simple act of creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships. Born in the Philippines and raised in the Baltimore area, Fr. Leo actually developed his love for cooking while attending the seminary at the North American College in Rome. Many of you probably remember Fr. Leo from his victory on Throwdown! With Bobby Flay. The Fil-Am cooking priests is the positive image and role model that is needed in the Catholic community after all the bad publicity focused on the scandals relating to Catholic priests.

Fr. Leo has an impressive resume before he decided to enter priesthood. Before becoming a priest, Fr. Leo pursued degrees in writing and political science with the intention of studying law and journalism at the University of Maryland. He also taught high school speech, debate and drama. Along with his brother, he founded a martial arts school in 1988.

Founded by Fr. Leo Patalinghug in 2003, Grace Before Meals has grown from a simple idea to a worldwide movement, producing a book, blog and even a pilot for a TV show endorsed by PBS. You can preview episodes of Grace Before Meals here and you can visit the official website at for possible upcoming events near your area. (Salamat Virgel)

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