La Consolacion College wins SM Master Chef

Albeit they had only two days to prepare their menu, Bacolod-based La Consolacion College’s culinary team was hailed as champion in the SM Master Chef grand finals held at SM City Iloilo last Aug. 17, 2012.
The team’s coach, Chef Benedict John Co Uy, told the News Today that travelling from Bacolod in the morning while the competition was in the afternoon posed as a challenge for them, but, he said they had fun.
“It was a fun competition. Win or lose, we should be proud of the performance of all the participating schools. The competition was healthy because we saw new plating and new cooking techniques,” he said.
Uy, who is also the executive chef of Business Inn and Planta Centro Bacolod, reiterated that the competition is not about winning or losing but about how one plays the game. “How you compete with yourself and how you get the perfect score. That’s the competition today in producing a perfect dish,” he said.
He revealed that the team had joined other contests in the past two months. “We won over-all in Sabor Visaya in Bacolod. In Cebu, we won three events out of four in Cebu Goes Culinary.”
With the theme “Fascinating Flavors of Iloilo”, SM Master Chef was part of SM City Iloilo’s 3rd Culinary Festival.
There were two elimination rounds and in each, the teams were required to cook and improvise a three-course meal around a theme ingredient that must be present in all the dishes, according to the competition’s mechanics.
These ingredients were sourced in SM Supermarket, where else?
The teams were given 60 minutes to prepare and 60 minutes to cook the three dishes. Then, these dishes were presented to the judges, all chefs extraordinaire – Alex Ong, Buddy Trinidad, Sau del Rosario, JA Ventura, Him Uy de Baron and Jerome Valencia.
The guidelines for assessment were: mise-en-place (overall cleanliness and orderliness), professional preparation, professional serving methods and preparation and taste.
The competition was facilitated by Chef Ramlo Villaluna with the support of the HRM Department of the University of San Agustin.* (The News Today, August 24, 2012)

Photo Caption: First deck: The winner, La Consolacion College and its recipe Duo of Turkey. Second deck: Colegio de Sagrado Corazon de Jesus team and its recipe Amaretto Chocolate Cake with Almond, Plain Banana, Assorted Berries and Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with  Butterscotch Caramel Sauce and Sea Salt. Third deck: Western Institute of Technology team and its recipe Carrot Coconut Luau Cake with Pistacho Brittle. Fourth deck: Dominican College team and its recipe Steamed Flower Turkey

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