BS Hospitality Management major in Culinary Entrepreneurship students Ms. Ma. Sophia Lorenz Aga, Mr. Daniel Dalipe, and Mr. Adrian Zapata won Bronze Medals during the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC) of the August 2-5, 2023 World Food Expo 2023 at the SMX Convention Center in Metro Manila.
Aga competed in the Wedding Cake Display Category and was coached by Mr. Reinald A. Andaya and Mr. Kristian Kristoffer A. Roque, with assistance from Mikee Dimaano, Rod Villamarin, Patricia Penoliar, and Chandelle Silvestre. They presented a Kapampangan-inspired cake named Kaku ka, keka ku, which is translated as I am Yours, You are Mine.
Meanwhile, Dalipe and Zapata competed in the Young Chefs Category and were coached by Mr. Elijah J. Coronado. They prepared two dishes. The first one is Steamed Mussels in White Wine with Cilantro Butter, Apple and Onion Salad with Lemon-White Wine Vinaigrette. The other one is Chestnut and Mushroom Chicken Roulade, Supreme Sauce, Squash and Carrot Mash with Sauteed Asparagus and Pickled Granny Smith Apples.
There were also other students and academic staff who competed in other categories. Ms. Franchezka De Roxas competed in the French Touch Pastry Category, assisted by Danica Lara and Sofia Paja and coached by Mr. Reinald A. Andaya. Meanwhile, Mr. Angelo Gabrielle Lati joined the Bread Showpiece Category, assisted by Sophia Hernandez and Dre Aganinta and coached by Mr. Kristian Kristoffer A. Roque and Ms. Kathlyn Tisha G. Ortaliz. Mr. Kristian Kristoffer A. Roque, an Academic Staff of the College, competed in the Global Chef Challenge – Pastry Category.
The UST College of Tourism and Hospitality Management delegation was facilitated by Ms. Ramona Olga D. Ko, Academic Staff from the Department of Hospitality Management.
The Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC) has become the most prestigious culinary competition in the Philippines. PCC takes on an even bigger role in providing the Filipino chefs an internationally-recognized platform to hone their skills and showcase their talents in the culinary field.