by RONALYN BANAKEN
CULINARY MASTERS The UB team won the bronze medal in the National Food Showdown, the second highest award given.
The University of Baguio (UB) has listed another feat in culinary as it won the prized bronze medal in the National Food Showdown (NFS) – one of the country’s biggest cooking competitions – further boosting its already lengthy string of achievements.
The bronze medal is the second highest award given during this year’s showdown held at the World Trade Center in Pasay on Sept. 20-21.
The UB team – composed of Karlos Marion Chavez, Robenson Dasalla, Earl Wandit Madalang, Alexander Molintas, Jonidi Reyes, and Chef Maricris Agas – competed against some of the country’s well-known culinary schools.
The group prepared three dishes which highlighted classical cuisine: Almond-Crusted Tuna with Balsamic Shallots Reduction with Mixed Greens and Candied Almond in Honey Lemon Vinaigrette (appetizer), Creamy Almond Chicken Supreme with Spinach Risotto (main course), and Almond Tart with Bavarian Cream (dessert).
Dasalla, a BSHRM student of the UB School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management, noted how "tough and challenging" the competition was. "We didn't have extensive knowledge in classical cuisine so it was really hard. But with rigorous practice, we were able to get through, luckily."
“We have been joining competitions of this sort and we prepared modern dishes in those competitions so classical cuisine was sort of new to us. That’s why it’s an honor to be able to win in a competition that big,” Madalang added.
“The gold medal was not given away. The highest award won was silver, thus it was really not easy.”
Chavez, Dasalla, and Madalang won the Luzon eliminations of the showdown during the Hotel and Restaurant Tourism Weekend on Sept. 5-7.
UB has been joining the event for the last five years, consistently winning the top spots.
Now on its seventh year, NFS is organized by ABS-CBN Corporation and the TV Food Chef Inc.