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Mallari wins first Filipino MasterChef Competition in Kuwait
December 9, 2017, 4:52 pm
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Michael Mallari, a head chef at Quack Food Catering Company bagged the grand prize of the first Filipino Masterchef Competition in Kuwait held at Holiday Downtown Hotel and organized by the Culinary of Filipino Chefs Society (CFCS). Mallari competed against eleven other Filipino chefs to emerge as the winner with his traditional beef Caldereta. Six judges were present to choose the winner and the panel was spearheaded by Ahmad Al Bader, a famous Kuwaiti chef.

The three days preliminaries were held at Nanay Eden Restaurant in November and nine judges graced the occasion to choose the three winners.  During the preliminary contest, competitors were informed of a secret ingredient, which must be used in whatever dish they want to present to the judges. Fish, beef and chicken were among the top three main ingredients, and each competitor had to present a unique twist in the dish either in the presentation or preparation. In the grand finals, competing chefs were asked to prepare two dishes. Mallari received unanimous approval among the judges. Second prize was awarded to Chef Ryan Panisa from DOH Company and third prize to Joel Lim of Crystal House Company.

The program kicked off with a speech from the president of the Culinary of Filipino Chefs Society in Kuwait Jay Panaguiton followed by Larry Criscini with the guidelines of the competition. Girlie Caba, the Philippine Embassy’s Administrative Officer delivered brief remarks on behalf of the Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Renato Pedro Villa.  The Philippine Cultural Attaché Althea Nabo was also present during the occasion. 

After an hour, final dishes created by the competitors were presented to the judges to try and scores were tabulated. The event was also graced by Filipino chefs who presented and served in live stations pasta, refreshing drinks, pastry and Japanese sashimi. Sponsors also gave out prizes and vouchers from Mel Marquez Salon and Add Life from Lailah Ashkanani. Philippine Airlines also awarded a round-trip ticket to the grand prize winner along with plaques and medals to the other winners. 

“I’m very honored to have been invited to be a judge to such competition. Filipinos are highly creative and passionate and they are most cherished and liked by Kuwaiti employers. I congratulate the CFCS for organizing such event and giving values to the works of chefs behind each kitchen,” commented Al Bader.

The event was hosted by Vlogger Jane Nolasco and Fashion Critic Ian Concepcion.

 

Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer

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