Mallgoers witnessed a tough 3-day culinary battle with 15 celebrity chefs from the Les Toques Blanches (LTB) Chefs Association Philippines and Pastry Alliance of the Philippines (PAP) judging the entries. These were Chefs Fernando Aracama, James Antolin, Jose Gamboa, Carlo Miguel, Norbert Gandler, Buddy Trinidad, Penk Ching Tan, Dan Basilio, Jackie Ang Po, Brando Santos, Jerome Valencia, Sito Senn, Reggie Aspiras, Mia Yan, and Jem Raymundo.
Participants from various schools, hotels, and restaurants vied for the following categories: Savory (Filipino Cuisine Challenge, Young Chefs Team Challenge, Local Fish or Seafood, Pasta, Quick Fire Salad, and Creative Breakfast Challenge), and Pastry (Plated Desserts, Wedding Cakes, Dress the Cake and Fantasy Davao Desserts).
As a warm welcome to the top chefs, SM Lanang Premier served up signature eats from the country’s “Durian Capital” in a dinner feast called “Davao Fiesta.” The feast featured dishes from SM Lanang Premier tenants Bistro Selera, Choobi-Choobi, and Dencio’s Kamayan, Inc., hotel partner Park Inn by Radisson Davao and two of Davao’s gourmands, The Crazy Cook and Kakimkris Lechon.
No less than Councilors Al-Ryan Alejandre and Marissa Abella graced the opening of the Davao Culinary Cup and Davao Fiesta respectively. Also present were Malaysian Consul General in Davao Abdullah Zawawi Tahir and wife Madam Badiah Hanum, Ikebana Davao Chapter members and officers headed by President Arlene Puentespina, and the Indonesian Consulate represented by Bella Darameswari, among others.
The Davao Culinary Cup 2016 was organized by LTB Chefs Davao, in partnership with LTB Philippines Chefs Association, the Pastry Alliance of the Philippines, SM Lanang Premier, the World Food Expo, the Department of Tourism, and the City Tourism Office of Davao.
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