Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge Joined by 51 Schools in Luzon

Wazzup Pilipinas!

The Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) once again opened its doors to hundreds of young talents and provided them with a venue to learn from the best in the culinary and food service industry.

The event was held last Tuesday, January 28, 2914 at the Hall 2 of the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia.

Year after year, the contest successfully grows in size and coverage, gathering the Philippines' most creative and innovative foodies, culinarians, professional and aspiring chefs.

Accordinng to Chef Russel Bautista, UCC Competition Head and Resident Chef of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation. "This one day event is a golden opportunity for us to witness our future chefs showcase their skills and masterpieces. Ajinomoto hopes to contribute in discovering and maximizing their true potentials."

51 schools with more than 400 student-competitors signed up for this year's competition. UCC expanded its reach in Luzon with participants coming from Ilocos, CALABARZON, NCR, and CAR regions. Last year, UCC was also brought to Iloilo and Cebu to reach students in Visayas and Mindanao.

There were six contest categories including a national cooking showdown. Hercor College from Capiz earned their chance to compete against a school who won the Best Filipino Umami Dish - Luzon during the event. On the other hand, the school with the highest score from Luzon was named as the Umami Bowl Champion and brought home a kitchen classroom showcase.

Distinguished judges included culinary and nutrition experts like Chef Sau Del Rosario, Chef Eugene Raymundo, Chef Seiji Kamura, Chef James Antolin, Dr. Zenaida Narciso,  and Ms. Joan Sumpio to name a few.

Other event highlights included new and unique culinary competition categories. Eat Well, Live Well Cooking Class facilitated by well-known celebrity chefs and Umami and MSG Safety Presentation by Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus Jr.

This event was presented by la Germania, Solane, Masflex KitchenPro, Fujidenzo, Nature's Spring and Business Mirror.

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