3rd Umami Culinary Challenge (January 20, 2012)

Over 300 Filipino aspiring chefs will showcase their creativeness, innovativeness, culinary skills, and mastery at Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation‘s 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge.

3rd Umami Culinary Challenge

Dubbed as the “Battle for the Umami Bowl,” the 3rd UCC will be held on Friday, January 20, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Culinary students of HRM and nutrition courses from 29 universities in the Philippines will compete for this one-of-a-kind culinary challenge. The 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge is a unique competition because the multi-category culinary challenges will focus on umami, the 5th basic taste.

Judges include well-known culinary greats such as Sandy Daza (Inquirer columnist and TV show host), Chef Babes Austria (Executive Chef of Taal Vista Hotel and former Executive Chef of Malacañang Palace), Chef James Antolin (Vice President of Pastry Alliance of the Philippines), Chef Day Salonga and Chef Mon Acosta (Chef Consultants for opening new restaurants), Nina Daza-Puyat (Editor in Chief, Appetite Magazine), Chef Seiji Kamura (Executive Chef and owner of Mogu Japanese Restaurant), Vicky Alejandrino, (Head of Quality Assurance and Commissary for the Pancake House Group), Chef Colin McKay (Executive Chef and owner of Sala Restaurant Group) and Tetta Arroyo (Travel and Food Writer) among others.

Meanwhile, helping organize the event are the Glutamate Association of the Philippines (GAP), Elba, Whirlpool/Fujidenzo, Masflex, PR Gaz, Meat and Livestock Australia, and Anvil Publishing and media partners GMA 7, Appetite Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer Libre and PR Moms Network.

There will not only be competitions throughout the day but also various seminars and cooking demos by the country’s known celebrity chefs so be sure to drop by the SMX Convention Center on January 20!

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