Monday, May 23, 2011

A recap of the Yummiest event of the year!

Yummy Eats, a cooking and eating fair was held last May 21, 2011 at the NBC Tent from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and was attended by food lovers, Yummy magazine readers, kids, and a lot more. The highlights of the event were the following:
a.)    Sampling of the handpicked concessionaires of Yummy magazine

b.)    Cooking demos of McCormick, Hunt’s and Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus

c.)     Kitchen Safety Talk by Petron Gasul and Yummy Food Business Talk headed by Nowie Potenciano of Mochiko, Pam Lim Cinco of Risa Chocolates, and JJ Yulo of Pinoy Eats World

d.)    Hunt’s school cook-off challenge participated by Institute of Culinary Arts and Food Service by Far Eastern University, College of St. Benilde, and St. Paul University, Manila

e.)    Yummy Booth where attendees can buy Yummy magazine, current and back issues, Yummy bookazines, and Yummy merchandise including Yummy pins, aprons, and bags!
Attendees had fun not only through sampling galore but they also went home with lots of new food finds and knowledge. Most were focused on listening to the talks and cooking demos as they actively participate in the discussions. They are also game in answering some questions raised by the chefs such as Chef Gigi Angkaw and Chef Nino Logarte.
The spotlight though was with the students of the cook-off as they battled it off for 2 hours to win the first ever Hunt’s School Cook-off. It started with the announcement of the theme ingredient brought by Hunt’s “Hunter”. The theme ingredient was… CHORIZO DE BILBAO.
The students were not anticipating it as they really expected that it will be pork and beans as this is the most popular product of Hunt’s. They were given 30 minutes to do menu planning and 3 minutes to do their food shopping as we have to close the pantry. Students panicked when it was down to the last 10 seconds.
 We were surprised that there was one team who used the rice cooker by ELECTROLUX differently. They used it to cook their sauce. We were also on the lookout for the plates as these were sponsored by CORELLE.
TIME’S UP! Finally, the time for the judging arrived and the students have to present their dishes to the panel of judges composed of: Ms. Marcia Gokongwei, Chef Nino Logarte, Hunter, and our very own food editor, Rachelle Santos.
All dishes were judged based on taste, creativity of the use of Hunt’s products and the theme ingredient, and plating or presentation.
After a few questions and tasting of the dishes, Institute of Culinary Arts and Food Service was announced as the winner.
This has been one successful event. Thanks to everyone who made it. We hope to see you again at Yummy Eats 2!

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