The Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) was attended by thousands of HRM and Nutrition students last January 30, 2015 at the Philippine Trade Training Center. Over 300 students-competitors dished out hundreds of culinary masterpieces with each one striving to depict the importance of “umami deliciousness” in healthy cooking.’
The panel of judges is a great mix of technical experts from the culinary and nutrition fields like Celebrity Chefs Gene Gonzales, Sau del Rosario, Eugene Raymundo, Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN) Board Member Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, Nutritionist-Dietician Association of the Philippines (NDAP) President Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz and Food and Nutrition Research Institute Scientist Maria Jovina Sandoval to name a few. Food entries that landed the top spots showcased the creative use of fresh ingredients to make nutritious and delicious meals.
The UCC Experience
Year after year, Ajinomoto thoughtfully put together a great program to tickle the minds and taste buds of culinarians and food lovers. The whole UCC experience can be described as a full-day event punctuated with fun and exciting learning activities. Aside from the culinary competitions, Umami Coaches from 23 schools and their students presented actual executions of the My Eat Well, Live Well. Plate to promote the proper balance of healthy carbohydrates, good quality protein and vibrant-colored vegetables and fresh fruits in a food plating contest. 11 schools teams also prepared healthy beverage concoctions to the tune of danceable mash ups songs during the Aminomazing Showdown, which features the beneficial amino acid content of the new “amino Fres-C” Instant Juice Drink Mix.
Dr. Kumiko Ninomiya, Director of Umami Information Center in Japan and Dr. Celeste Tanchoco, NDAP Board Member were invited to explain the science behind umami and the amino acid – glutamate. These food science presentations proved to be helpful in understanding the role of umami in food and nutrition and its relevance to the culinary professionals around the world.
Kathryn Bernardo, Teen Queen and AJI-NO-MOTO Brand Endorser, personally congratulated the event participants for their drive and passion in trying to fulfill their dreams of becoming future chefs. Kathryn shared her fascination in each team’s potential to make it big in the culinary industry.
In the end, the following school teams were named and given cash prizes, medals and other gifts from event partners for winning the competition categories:
NATIONAL COOKING SHOWDOWN
BEST FILIPINO UMAMI DISH MY OWN UMAMI CREATION
Hercor College (Visayas) Hercor College (Visayas)
UMAMI BOWL CHAMPION (LUZON)
Highest Accumulated Score
National College of Business and Arts Fairview
CULINARY COMPETITION CATEGORIES (LUZON)
RANK BEST FILIPINO UMAMI DISH MY OWN UMAMI CREATION 2016 UMAMI MASTER LUZON
1st Colegio de San Lorenzo Saint Michael’s College of Laguna St. Dominic College of Asia
2nd Miriam College National College Of Business and Arts Fairview National College Of Business and Arts Fairview
3rd Asian College Olivarez College University of Santo Tomas
NON-CULINARY COMPETITION CATEGORIES (LUZON, TOP 3)
(BEVERAGE CONCOCTION CONTEST ) MY UMAMI COACH AND I
Manila Tytana University of Santo Tomas
STI Alabang Manila Tytana
University of Santo Tomas Southville International School
Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION in partnership with La Germania, Solane, Fujidenzo and Masflex.