I would like to make a quick statement surrounding the comments and hacks that have been made on my personal social media accounts.
"@joanneisafoodie" has been commandeered by a malicious and libelous group of individuals spreading misinformation. This is not me.
Any messages, links, posts, you get from this handle: please do not believe they are from me. I have made my social media handles private for fear that my personal life and lives of those who I associate with will be damaged by their comments. I changed my handle from @joanneisfoodie to my current one at New Year's. Someone has created a new profile using my old handle.
Filipino Food Movement and Ramar Foods have worked hard over the last few years to get Filipino food and Filipino chefs recognized. We operate on separate terms with separate structures and separate teams; nonetheless, we are both being attacked in response to the article that was posted in the San Francisco Chronicle. Ramar Foods is our main sponsor and their team has helped with many events in the Bay Area. They've opened the eyes of many.
For the record, I am not employed by Ramar Foods. I am currently employed by a separate company outside of the food industry. I am simply an ambassador of Filipino food here in the United States. I do not profit from any events held by chefs and restaurants. We do not charge chefs and restaurants when I publish events on social media and/or our website. I do not get paid for my involvement with Filipino Food Movement. All the work that has been done for FFM has been done by non-paid volunteers who have the same goals.
It pains me to see that my character and personal life have been attacked. I am only but a student in this world of Filipino food and I am open to anyone who enjoys Filipino food as much as I do. I just regret that damage has been done; however, I will work hard to fix it. Thank you for reading and thank you to my friends who have reached out to me during this time.
I also want to show gratitude to SF Chron's Jon Kauffman who shed a light on a cuisine that so many people have been wanting to see in the media. At the end of the day, this isn't about me. It's about Filipino food and the talented people who make it. Let's celebrate them!
Thank you for your time.