The 22nd year of Food & Drinks Asia challenged aspiring and potential chefs once again in the HRCAP 7th Food And Drinks Cooking Challenge. Student chefs hailing from Centro Escolar University Makati and Manila, University of Makati, Colegio de San Lorenzo, Home Culinary, University of Pangasinan, and National University gathered to showcase their skills and talents in culinary. But their true flair is to show as they whip up and serve their own creations before the time runs out. As the participants focused on finishing their masterpieces in just 60 minutes, they showed the true meaning of “grace under pressure”. It’s one thing to cook in the comfort of your own kitchen, but it’s another thing to perfect your dish in a time-pressured environment while dozens of people are watching. Here are a few things we can learn from the competition:
Filipino cuisine has a lot to offer
This year’s theme is “Filipino with a twist” where the contestants had to create their own versions of local food. A few of the interesting meals they prepared were Fried Chicken Inasal with budbud sauce, Deconstructed Kaldereta, University of Pampanga’s own version of Bulalo, and Seafood Sinigang with Risotto. The audience rediscovered the beauty and diversity of Filipino cuisine in this round.
Slowly but surely wins the race
Given just 60 minutes to finish their entries, the contestants had little to no time for mistakes. Even one small overestimation can ruin everything. That’s why it was important for them to double check everything and go through their own procedures in a slowly but surely manner.
Your greatest competitor is yourself
Right before the competition started, Chef Chubby Timban, the executive chef of F1 Hotel, shared with us a few words of wisdom. He told the contestants that one of the things that can ruin their performance is their nervousness and self-doubt. He then encouraged everyone by saying thay believing in yourself can bring wonders.
Don’t forget to have fun
Besides furthering the participants’ skills, one of the goals for this competition is to bring chefs together. Even though the chefs were competing in a time-pressured environment, they didn’t fail to enjoy what they love doing: creating food.
Did you have fun watching the live cooking contest? Who were you rooting for?