Rising Star Restaurateur Geo Quibuyen of Hood Famous Cafe + Bar - Biography

Seattle, WA

January 2020

Power couple Chera Amlag and Geo Quibuyen did not expect to go into the hospitality industry. But with an incredible mission and a high demand for ube cheesecakes, Hood Famous came to be.

With the stage name Prometheus Brown, California-born and Hawai’i-raised Quibuyen is a member of Blue Scholars, a Seattle-based rap duo who’s lyrics tackle current events, socioeconomic differences, and Filipino-American social issues. 
In 2013, Amlag and Quibuyen first dipped their toes in the food-service industry to raise money for a family trip to the Philippines. The Filipino-American pop-up dinner, where Quibuyen cooked and Amlag baked, was so positively received that they made it into a series, titled Food & Sh*t. Once people began regularly requesting Amlag’s vibrant purple ube cheesecake, nicknamed as the “Hood Famous Cheesecake,” she established Hood Famous Bakeshop in 2014, catering special events and wholesaling the cheesecake at Asian grocery chain Uwajimaya. In 2016, Amlag and Quibuyen opened their first brick-and mortar location in the Ballard neighborhood, offering a wider range of Filipino-flavored baked goods and pastries. In 2019, the couple opened Hood Famous Cafe + Bar in the International District, expanding their offerings to Filipino snack items, coffee, and cocktails. At Hood Famous, Amlag and Quibuyen continue to educate the Seattle community on Filipino cuisine and culture.