RWM chefs dominate RP Culinary Cup
When Resorts World Manila (RWM) created a world-class leisure complex for Filipinos and tourists, producing exquisite flavors is a priority. Fine-dining restaurants sprouted within the tourism facility- Impressions, The Terrace, Ginzadon, Passion, NoodleWorks, Mercado- each offering distinct tastes and each run by talented Filipino chefs who continue to wow, not just RWM patrons but also judges in international culinary competitions.
Just recently, RWM's team of chefs bagged 10 medals (2 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronzes) from the Philippine Culinary Cup held at the SMX Convention Center from August 1- 4, 2012. From cakes and pastries to seafood, the men and women behind the sumptuous treats served 24/7 in Resorts World Manila topped the class, proving further RWM's plight to give you a gastronomic delight.
RWM 1st Baker Alan Revamonte won Gold in the Pastry and Bakery Showpiece Display
for his entry made of chocolate carvings designed into bread called "Endless Love".
Michael Aspiras, one of RWM’s veteran kitchen superstars and Pastry Chef de Partie, won Gold in the Pastry Showpiece (Chocolate Display) Category with his entry inspired by his favorite Disney Pixar movie, “Up”. He describes his style as animated, veering away from the traditional way of chocolate display. Inspired by the European pastry teams, Aspiras’s interpretation of that iconic colorful house with balloons we see in the animated movie took the spotlight.
Alan Revamonte, meanwhile, our very own 1st Baker, joined the Pastry and Bakery Showpiece Display with his entry titled “Endless Love”. He describes his piece in one word- “revolutionary” as he incorporated chocolate carving design into bread. Competing for the third time, he has prepared extraordinary ribbon bread made out of sugar dough and salt dough, garnished with various Italian breads. Prepared and baked in our own pastry kitchen, Alan was given an hour to set up and retouch his piece. Revamonte also finished gold in a field of 13 veteran chefs.
Pastry Chef de Partie Michael Aspiras won gold in Pastry Showpiece (Chocolate Display) Category
for his cake inspired by the Disney movie "Up".
Another Pastry Chef de Partie, Norerriz Labrador, won Silver in the Pastry Showpiece (Live Sugar) Category. An on-the-spot, 5-hour period have resulted into a Mardi Gras-inspired display. He said he acquired inspiration from the US Pastry Team, making his 2nd competition a success.
Harold Habon, on the other hand, also Pastry Chef de Partie, bagged a bronze medal in the Pastry Showpiece (Sugar Display) Category. He has caught inspiration from French and Japanese pastry chefs, concentrating on showcasing animation on his work. This is his 7th medal in as many culinary competitions he joined here in the Philippines. He also won another bronze in Pastry Showpiece (Chocolate Live) Category.
Newcomers they maybe but Camille Angela Samson, 22, and Ameena Sofia Amoncio, 23,
won silver in K3 Young Chefs Team Challenge with their “east meets west”- themed dish
called Chicken Tikka with Purple Yam in Spinach Asparagus Puree and Pineapple Carrot Reduction.
Not to be outdone, RWM’s K3 Young Chefs Team composed of Camille Angela Samson and Ameena Sofia Amoncio won Silver. They competed with their “east meets west”- themed dish called Chicken Tikka with Purple Yam in Spinach Asparagus Puree and Pineapple Carrot Reduction. Only on their first culinary competition, the young chefs, aged 22 and 23, were among the best in a field of sixty (60) participants in their category. These girls thanked their mentor, Chef Angelo Timban, Chef de Cuisine at Mercado, for the in-house training.
Other chefs who took the limelight in the country’s grandest culinary conclave are Mercado’s Luwell Elisan (Silver- Local Fish and Seafood Category), Impressions’ Dwight Joshua Dumale and John Ace Antonio (Silver- Young Chef’s Team Challenge Category), 3rd Pastry Chef Reyjane Saligumba (Silver- Wedding Cake Display Category), Pastry Chef de Partie Benedict Barbosa (Bronze- Praline and Petit Fours Category), and Impressions’ chef residents Mark Peralta, Conrado Bringas, and Ramil Morante (Bronze- K3 Dream Team Challenge).