Famed culinary icon Chef Stache interviews the legendary quixotic Iranian-Guatemalan cook, Mero Cocinero, who traces his love for a special Filipino dish by taking us back to the San Francisco Bay Area of his teenage years. At a birthday party of his junior high friend, Mero faces the alienation, awkwardness and isolation of being the only Iranian-Guatemalan at the party. While the DJ spins 80s dance hits, young Mero learns how to transform his alienation into a recipe for empowerment. Afterwards, local folk hero Tita Betty joins Mero to break down the recipe so the audience can make it themselves. The film contains a participatory component where audience members eat the dish during the movie screening. This is optional for programmers who want to engage audiences in multiple ways.