Culinary icon Nora Daza dies at 84
MANILA – (UPDATED/CORRECTED) Philippine culinary icon Nora Daza passed away on Friday, according to her granddaughter. She was 84.
In a post on the image-sharing website Instagram, model Isabelle Daza said: “To my Lola Nora, words can’t express how sad I am that you left us today. Thank you for being such a great and positive person who always brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing all your adventures with me, for being so generous and nurturing.”
“Thank you for teaching me how to cook and to speak French. For being there when I fought with my parents and taking my side. Thank you for making me feel loved. You were the best grandmother I could ever ask for. And I am so proud of you. If I could just have one more day to tell you [how] you’ve made a huge impact on my life. I love you so much,” she added.
In an interview with Yahoo! Philippines, Nora’s son, restaurateur and TV host Sandy Daza said the local culinary icon passed away in her sleep at 2:30 a.m. on Friday (September 13).
Nora is survived by Sandy, Appetite magazine editor-in-chief Nina Daza-Puyat, Bong Daza (Isabelle’s father), Mariles Daza-Enriquez and Stella Daza-Belda.
Several Filipinos took to social media sites such as Twitter to pay tribute to Nora and express their condolences to her family.
RIP to Nora Daza, a culinary icon & my senior sis in UP SIgma Delta Phi
— Cecilia Orena-Drilon (@cesdrilon) September 13, 2013
We mourn d passing of nora daza. D country owes this great culinary artist - many 1sts - a debt of gratitude
— Thelma S. San Juan (@ThelmaSSanJuan) September 13, 2013
We lost one of our country's greatest culinary icons today. Rest in peace, Nora Daza. Your legacy lives on in every Filipino kitchen.
— Yummy.ph (@yummyph) September 13, 2013
To one of our greatest culinary icons, Nora Daza, may you rest in peace.
— Rogue Magazine (@rogueonline) September 13, 2013
RIP Nora Daza. Cooked my first adobo using the culinary icon's recipe from her cookbook, "Let's Cook with Nora." It's a household staple!
— Erika Dizon (@erikadzn) September 13, 2013
Today I hear of the death of Nora Daza, the reason why I love watching cooking shows. Here's to better banquets.
— Niko Batallones (@nikobatallones) September 13, 2013
RIP, Nora Daza. You will forever be my culinary rockstar. Thank you for the recipes.
— Karmina Constantino (@ConstantKC) September 13, 2013
Deepest condolences to the family of Chef Nora Daza who joined our creator. She was one of the #Philippines greatest cooks. RIP Tita Nora
— Rico Hizon (@RicoHizon) September 13, 2013
— BettyAnnBesaQuirino (@Mango_Queen) September 13, 2013
RIP Nora Daza pic.twitter.com/LqURGk3zgD
— Professional Heckler (@HecklerForever) September 13, 2013
— cristina again (@nom_nom_nom_nom) September 13, 2013
— Michelle Melo (@michymichymoo) September 13, 2013
Rest in peace Nora Daza. If it wasn't for your recipes, our home cooked meals would not have fulfilled our souls.
— Joey Merin (@joezmerin) September 13, 2013
RIP Nora Daza. I learned to cook because of her recipe book "Let's cook with Nora" . My mom started a bakeshop > pic.twitter.com/O5J2EBxdRq
— Noem Lardizabal-Dado (@momblogger) September 13, 2013
Nora has written a number of books such as “The Culinary Life” which she did with journalist Mickey Fenix, and “Galing-Galing” with her daughter, Mariles.
Her very first recipe collection, “Let’s Cook with Nora,” remains a must-have in every Filipino home.
She also hosted a cooking show of the same title on ABS-CBN in the 1950s.