Pinoy head chef fuels the high energy cast of Cirque du Soleil

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The most awaited Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta” finally premiered in New Jersey over the weekend, after its March 29 original opening day was postponed.

The company says performers remained emotional after the death of an aerialist in its last Tampa show.

But the show must go on, and Volta opened with a full house on Sunday.

Volta is a story of transformation. It’s about being who you are and what you are capable of becoming through self-acceptance and freedom.

Behind the big top is a pop-up kitchen that fuels more than a hundred international artists, staff and crew.

At the helm of this mobile kitchen is Filipino chef, Ariel Layug.


Just like the show Volta, Layug says he found joy in acceptance of his true Filipino self.


Chef Layug made sure to introduce unfamiliar flavors including Filipino dishes and traditions to this diverse group of talents.

Layug says, his inspiration is his Lola’s kapam-pangan cooking.

Born in the Philippines and raised in Australia, Layug settled in the US after getting married to Fil-Am Edonn Erwin – who also works for Volta’s VIP services.

Cirque de Soleil Volta performs under the Big Top, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment in East Rutherford until May 6th.


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