Hailing from New York City and the Philippines, Ralph brings an enveloping experience of warmth and personality to Hummingbird Insurance. Ralph originally went to school for culinary arts at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. From there, he fell in love with the finesse, elegance, and grace of classical fine dining service. His passion for genuine hospitality and service ignited, leading him down a path that would include managing highly rated restaurants in New York and Washington D.C. Ralph also is a certified Sommelier, so ask him about wine!
Ralph is a recent transplant to Asheville, having visited with his husband in 2010 and was determined to exchange the hustle and bustle of DC for the fresh air and good vibes of Asheville. Being new to the area, Ralph is constantly exploring his new surroundings and finding a great deal of pleasure checking out the ever-expanding food scene, particularly anything that will satisfy his sweet tooth.
After moving to Asheville, Ralph discovered a multitude of outlets to keeping active and fit; from hot yoga and hiking the innumerable trails with his 3 dogs, to Crossfit and Aerial Arts. Even after buying his home in Candler, which he believes will always be in perpetual renovation mode while his husband tries to knock out the ever growing “honey-do” list, he will find the time to help keep him leading that active lifestyle.
Ralph offers sincere compassion and honesty honed by his years of experience in the hospitality industry.
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