Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu. He is the son of Peter Hernandez and Bernadette “Bernie” San Pedro Bayot (died June 1, 2013). His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine) descent, and is originally fromBrooklyn, New York. Mars’ mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and was of Filipino, and some Spanish, descent. His parents met while performing in a show, where his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, he was nicknamed “Bruno” by his father, because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.
In an interview with Just Jared, Bruno Mars discussed some of his favorite food and about his cooking skills:
JJ: Growing up, did your mom cook for you? What was your favorite Puerto Rican food, Filipino food?
Chicken Adobo of course. My father’s mom would make this thing called Spanish Rice. It’s yellow rice with olives, peppers and a whole bunch of other stuff.
JJ: Do you cook yourself?
BM: A little bit. I can get down. I can make pop tarts. (laughs) Actually I can. I learned a lot from my mom.