She started her career in the food industry as a restaurateur. She got involved in planning, opening and operating several restaurants for EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, Philippines and Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Dubai. In the Emirates, she was one of the five young women professionals featured in Emirates Woman Magazine for a special report on Why the Future is Female. At Sheraton Dubai, Jacqueline organized and ran a well-received Filipino Food Promotion at the hotel’s seafood restaurant.

After more than eight years in food and beverage, Jacqueline shifted to Sales and Marketing. She became Business Development Specialist and Advertising Consultant for three years at an international trade publication in Norway. Her experience in marketing includes marketing a book compilation, which reached rank # 1 on Amazon’s Kindle Bestselling List in its book category.

For over five years, Jacqueline built a career as a multi-industry ghostwriter, copywriter and copyeditor, penning ebooks and marketing materials for more than 50 clients around the world. Spurred by feedback on her writing, Jacqueline forged ahead into creative writing. Her stories are published in anthologies/compilations such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, a bestselling trade paperback series of all time.

Her short memoir, “Good for One”, won the memoir writing competition at and was published in the anthology, “Tales of Our Lives: Fork in the Road.” The book was awarded honorable mention for anthologies and book compilations at the New England Book Festival, and runner up at the Los Angeles and Great Northwest Book Awards. It rose to Rank#1 & Rank #11 on Kindle Bestselling List for writing skills and memoir respectively.

Articles she's bylined appear in The Local Norway, Positively Filipino, Travelsort, and more.

Jacqueline Chio-Lauri is the compiler, contributing author and editor of The Migrant Filipino Kitchen, a collection of stories and recipes by people of Filipino descent from around the world, including the White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford. With foreword by James Beard award-winning writer John Birdsall, the book is forthcoming from Agate Surrey, USA in 2018. The collection won the Sunshot Prose Top Finalist Prize 2017 by New Millenium Writings.

For now, she's an expat in Stavanger, Norway, her 6th country of residence. She lives with her one and only son, husband and cat.

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A flaming desire to see Filipino cuisine break into the global mainstream enhanced by 
her love for food, writing and marketing propelled Jacqueline Chio-Lauri to cook up the idea for My Food Beginnings. 

Born and raised in the Philippines, Jacqueline earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines and Executive Level MBA certificates in Business and Marketing from Cornell University’s eCornell.