by RONALYN BANAKEN
A student participant from the UB School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management prepares a recipe during the drill-competition.
In what seemed a culinary reality show, this year’s Master Chef Series adopted a coaching and drill-competition setup, giving it a brand new exciting twist.
Now on its third year, the two-day series – organized by the University of Baguio (UB) School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management – was graced by chef couple Master Chef Rolando “Lau” Laudico and his wife Chef Jackie Laudico.
On Feb. 19, the UB gym was transformed into a culinary competition arena as a drill-competition between two teams – Team Chef Lau and Team Chef Cris – was held. Chef Lau and UB’s Chef Maricris Agas – being the team leaders – were blindfolded and hand-tied, allowing them to only instruct their respective team members during the exercise. The team members – who were UB Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students – were in an intense race as they cleverly prepared their respective dishes.
Students from other schools in Baguio were also invited.
Meanwhile, on Feb. 20 at the UB Centennial Lobby, Chef Jackie and Chef Lau sat as judges in the dessert preparation competition-exercise participated in by UB HRM students. The participants prepared creatively-made recipes which, according to the chef couple, were “both imaginative and tasty.”
“As a chef, imagination is important, but you should not only focus on the aesthetic part. Taste is equally important,” Chef Jackie, who specializes in pastry-making, stressed.
Last year, the couple highlighted the Cordilleran staple etag (preserved meat) during their visit. Earlier in 2012, they presented using Cordilleran native ingredients such as the kiniing (dried meat), kintoman (native rice), and tapuy/tapey (rice wine).
Chef Lau and Chef Jackie – who have both appeared in ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Master Chef – expressed their appreciation for the University’s efforts in refining the Filipino chef alongside strengthening its programs and activities in hospitality and tourism management.
The pair owns and manages Bistro Filipino, an all-Pinoy food and organic restaurant in Manila.
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The battle arena
UB's Chef Maricris (left) Agas is blindfolded and hand-tied during the competition.
Chef Jackie and Chef Lau give comments on one of the participants' recipes
A dessert recipe by the participants
Another dessert recipe by the participants
A third dessert recipe