51 Schools in Luzon join the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge

The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) will once again open its doors to hundreds of young talents and provide them with a venue to learn from the best in the culinary and food service industry. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Hall 2, SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Year after year, the contest successfully grows in size and coverage, gathering the Philippines’ most creative and innovative foodies, culinarians, professional and aspiring chefs.

Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge
Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge

According to Chef Russell Bautista, UCC Competition Head and Resident Chef of AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION, “This one-day event is a golden opportunity for us to witness our future chefs showcase their skills and masterpieces. Ajinomoto hopes to contribute in discovering and maximizing their true potentials.” 51 schools with more than 400 student-competitors signed up for this year’s competition. UCC has expanded its reach in Luzon with participants coming from Ilocos, CALABARZON, NCR and CARAGA regions. Last year, UCC was also brought to Iloilo and Cebu to reach students in Visayas and Mindanao. (more…)

Ten Reasons You Can’t Miss MarQuee Mall’s Big Bite

Every foodie will have to mark their calendars for “Big Bite!  The Northern Food Festival” from October 18-20 at MarQuee Park, Angeles City, Pampanga.  Get your gang ready, grab a date, bring the whole family along or have the office sign up for a road trip.


Big Bite! is the glorious Filipino food celebration that promises to surpass all food fests before it.  And here are the reasons why: (more…)

T.G.I. Friday’s holds 18th Annual Shake, Rattle and Pour

To honor the trend-setting and remarkable bottle-tossing style of their bartenders around the world, T.G.I.Friday’s started the first ever World Bartender Championship in the mid-80’s. Ever since then, the bars have been set higher for bartenders across the globe, and Philippines is no exception.

Shake Rattle and Pour
Shake Rattle and Pour

Now on its 18th edition, Shake, Rattle and Pour is not only an attraction, but a tradition of T.G.I.Friday’s Philippines. Witness who among the T.G.I. Friday’s Stars Behind the Bar will emerge the brightest for this year’s ultimate bartending battle. The ultimate bartender will represent the Philippines in the Asia Pacific regional championships, which will take place in Manila in September. (more…)

Max’s offers Heartwarming Flavors for the Lenten Season

Its Lenten season again and while everyone things that Lenten season is a time for boring food.. then think again. There are special Lenten foods that uses vegetables, seafoods, salads, pastas and beans. It will all depend on how you will prepare the food and perfect pairing is all that matters.

Max's Sizzling Seafood
Max’s Sizzling Seafood

In line with this, Max’s Restaurant, one of the most enduring global Filipino brands is infusing classic Filipino flavors into its new and lighter fare for Lent. (more…)

Oh How We Love a Good Awards Ceremony!

It is great when people get the chance to reward those around them for doing a good job isn’t it? And what better way to give people the credit they deserve than a good old fashioned awards ceremony! If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know very well that I am a travel writer and I travel a lot not only to discover and share new things on my blog.. I also travel to share to you the best food in town.

Bread Basket
Bread Basket

This is exactly what Holiday Extras thought when they started the Holiday Extras Customer Awards three years ago. Over the past three years these awards have been gathering more and more momentum in the travel world and each year more customers from Holidayextras.co.uk are voting for who they think are the best people in the travel industry at the moment. (more…)

Food Styling at The Maya Kitchen

It was a unique lecture and demonstration that well known food stylist Chef Theo Zaragoza shared with students and the media recently at The Maya Kitchen. The event started with a very informative talk which touched on the whys and hows of food styling.
According to Chef Theo, food styling is the art of bringing food to life, of preserving the natural appeal of food to ensure that it looks its best in front of the camera.

Chef Theo Zaragoza

The chef also differentiated between food styling and food presentation. Whereas food presentation requires that hot food is served hot and cold food is served cold, food styling, in most instances, require room temperature. (more…)