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UST is the back-to-back Umami Bowl Champion and the winner of the National Cooking Showdown for the My Own Umami Creation Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao Showdown.

UST is the back-to-back Umami Bowl Champion and the winner of the National Cooking Showdown for the My Own Umami Creation Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao Showdown.

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) won the Umami Bowl Award (for the 2nd year) and the Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao Showdown for My Own Umami Creation during the recently concluded Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) 2015. Sharing the spotlight with UST is Hercor College from Roxas City, who won the Best Filipino Umami Dish Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao Showdown. The event attracted thousands of HRM and Nutrition students in 54 schools from NCR, Ilocos, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and Bicol Regions and regional winners from Visayas and Mindanao.

On its 6th year, UCC organizer, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC), put together the best culinary teams from Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao in one (1) cooking arena to showcase their masterful culinary creations. UCC remains to be the biggest, intercollegiate, multi-category culinary competition that focuses on the delicious potential of umami, the 5th basic taste. Mr. Taro Fujie, APC President was present during the awarding ceremony. He happily remarked, “I thank all partner Chefs, Medical and Nutrition experts, who loyally support and give credibility to UCC and to all the students, who poured their hearts to deliver their best dishes. Ajinomoto will continually support Aspiring Filipino Chefs and promote cooking and serving delicious and healthy food.”

Apart from the Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao Cooking Showdown, UCC 2015 features three (3) competition categories: Best Filipino Umami Dish, My Own Umami Creation and My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate. The competing teams were judged based on intensity of their dish’s umami taste, culinary technique and creativity, dish preparation and plate presentation. One of the major criteria was Eat Well, Live Well.® Cooking, which referred to culinary nutrition or the integration of culinary skills and nutrition knowledge to create delicious and nourishing umami dish.

Winners received the following prizes: first place winners – gold medals and P10,000, second place winners – silver medals and P8,000 and third place winners – bronze medals P5,000. National Showdown winners received gold medals and P15,000. Major winners also included gifts from UCC 2015 sponsors: La Germania, Solane, Masflex and Fujidenzo.

Umami, the scientifically recognized and proven 5th basic taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, was first identified and isolated by Dr. Kikunae Ikeda of Tokyo Imperial University in 1908.

 

 Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge 2015  Participating Schools
1 ACADEMY OF ASIA SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY AND ARTS 28 MALAYAN COLLEGE LAGUNA
2 ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MARITIME AND STUDIES 29 MANILA TYTANA COLLEGE
3 BENEDICTO COLLEGE 30 MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY
4 BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY 31 MARIANO QUINTO ALLARILLA POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
5 CALAYAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION 32 MARINERS’ POLYTECHNIC COLLEGES FOUNDATION
6 CENTRAL LUZON OF COLLEGE AND TECHNOLOGY 33 METROPOLITAN MEDICAL CENTER-COLLEGE OF ARTS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
7 CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MALOLOS 34 MIRIAM COLLEGE
8 COLEGIO DE SAN JUAN DE LETRAN- LAGUNA 35 OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOR COLLEGE (OLOPSC)
9 COLEGIO DE SAN LORENZO 36 PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MARIKINA
10 COLLEGE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION 37 PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY
11 DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY- DASMARIÑAS 38 PARTIDO STATE UNIVERSITY
12 DE LOS SANTOS STI- COLLEGE 39 PERPETUAL HELP COLLEGE MANILA
13 DOMINICAN COLLEGE (SAN JUAN) 40 PHILIPPINE CULTURAL COLLEGE
14 DR. CARLOS S. LANTING 41 PHINMA ARAULLO UNIVERSITY
15 EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE (MANILA) 42 POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES (SAN JUAN)
16 FACILITIES MANAGEMENT COLLEGE 43 ROGATIONIST COLLEGE
17 FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY 44 SAINT FRANCIS OF ASISSI COLLEGE
18 FIRST ASIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITIES (FAITH) 45 SAN PEDRO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
19 GREEN VALLEY COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC. 46 SOUTHEAST ASIAN COLLEGE
20 HERCOR COLLEGE 47 ST. DOMINC COLLEGE OF ASIA
21 HOLY CROSS OF DAVAO COLLEGE 48 TARLAC STATE UNIVERSITY
22 JOSE RIZAL UNIVERSITY 49 TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
23 LA CONSOLACION COLLEGES- TANAUAN 50 UNIVERSITY OF PERPETUAL HELP SYSTEM DALTA-MOLINO
24 LA CONSOLACION COLLEGES- NOVALICHES 51 UNIVERSITY OF RIZAL SYSTEM (ANTIPOLO)
25 LAGUNA COLLEGE 52 UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
26 LYCEUM OF SUBIC BAY 53 UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST (MANILA)
27 LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY (CAVITE) 54 WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PHILIPPINES

 

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge 2015 List of Judges

BEST FILIPINO UMAMI DISH (LUZON) (7:15 -8:15 AM)

NAME AFFILIATION
1 Chef Michelle Adrillana Owner, Flavors on Fire
2 Chef Mcrhyan Rodrigo Executive Chef/Restaurant Manager of Camp Benjamin
3 Chef Jayjay Sycip Chef Consultant and Culinary Educator
4 Felicidad V.  Velandria Registered Nutritionist Dietitian

 

MY OWN UMAMI CREATION  (8:45-9:45 PM)

NAME AFFILIATION
1 Edith Singian Food Columnist, Cook Managazine’s Foolproof & One Philippines
2 Chef Dino Datu Editor-in-Chief, Cook Magazine
3 Chef Seiji Kamura Executive Chef, mana Culinary Fusion
4 Elizabeth Toledo, RND Chief Dietitian of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Hospital

 

EAT WELL LIVE WELL PLATE (10:15 – 11:15 AM) 

NAME AFFILIATION
1 Chef Babes Austria Culinary Chef Consultant
2 Jovy Sandoval Science Research Specialist, Food & Nutrition Research Institute
3 Dr. Celeste Tanchoco Officer, Nutritionist Dietitian’s Association of the Philippines
4 Perla Sorreda-Esguerra Chief Dietitian, Philippine Heart Center

 

BEST FILIPINO UMAMI DISH SHOWDOWN (1:00 –2:30PM)  

NAME AFFILIATION
1 Chef Minoy Gimenez Chef Patron of Tito Chef Group
2 Chef Miguel de Alba General Manager, Alba Restaurant
3 Chef Gene Gonzalez Owner, Café Ysabel Restaurant
4 Dr. Celeste Tanchoco Former President, Nutritionist Dietitian’s Association of the Philippines

 

MY OWN UMAMI CREATION  SHOWDOWN (1:00-2:30 PM)

NAME AFFILIATION
1 Chef James Antolin Consultant for Instituto Culinario & Vice President , Pastry Alliance of the Philippines
2 Chef Bruce Lim Chef, TV Personality & Entrepreneur
3 Chef Jason Stacy R&D Chef/Academic Head Consultant of Bistro Americano Corporation
4 Dr. Celeste Tanchoco Former President, Nutritionist Dietitian’s Association of the Philippines

 

MY UMAMI COACH & I  (7:30-9:30AM)

NAME AFFILIATION
1 Jenice Maslang Blogger, Mommy Bloggers Philippines
2 Chef Dino Datu Editor-in-Chief, Cook Magazine
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