Chefs show off their skills in Handuraw 2021 festival cooking challenge

ZAMBOANGA. The chefs show off their culinary skills during the Open Cooking Challenge dubbed the “Battle of the Chefs” on Wednesday, December 29 in Dapitan City, known as the Sanctuary City of the Philippines. A handout photo shows the winners of the cooking challenge. (SunStar Zamboanga)

CHEFS showed off his cooking skills during the Open Cooking Challenge dubbed the “Battle of the Chefs” held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 in Dapitan City, the sanctuary city of the Philippines.

The Battle of the Chiefs, also known as “Kaluto ni Rizal”, is part of the Handuraw 2021 festival which culminated on Rizal Day, December 30th.

The city of Dapitan holds the Handuraw Festival every year to commemorate the death of the national hero and promote its tourism industry.

The Dr Jose Rizal and Josephine Bracken lookalike competitions are also part of the Handuraw Festival.

Dapitan City Tourism Manager Apple Marie Agolong said on Friday (December 31st) that the chefs’ battle has three categories, namely the Relleno Cooking Challenge, the Paboritong Bistek ni Rizal Cooking Competition and the Special Cooking Competition. Pancit.

“Those who entered the competition are from different local restaurants and food services,” Agolong said.

She said Team Marwoods chef Angelito Asumbrado became the champion of the Relleno Cooking Competition, while Chef Joseph Balladares of Balladares Food Services took first place and court chef Richard Binondo Jumawan. the second.

Balladares, Asumbrado and Chef Noy Quizo of Sassy’s Kitchen won the titles of champion, first and second finalist in the Paboritong Bistek ni Rizal cooking competition respectively.

In the special Pancit cooking competition, The Backyard Chef Erril Legaspi, Asumbrado and Kodang Cookery Chef Agustin Galleposo won respectively the title of champion, the first finalist and the second finalist.

Meanwhile, Joshua Tagapan won the title of champion of the Rizal lookalikes competition. Jasper Lacaspe and Claurence Palpagan finished first and second respectively.

Six other competitors won consolation prizes. They were Junrey Lagunday, Angelo Dayme, Rass Niel Doysaras, Hoyt Montaño, Glenn Tagapan and Jose Frank Dela Cruz.

In the Josephine Bracken lookalikes competition, Gellian Mae Cabalida, Sharian Maree Lana McCulloch and Maybelle Adoro won the titles of champion, first and second finalist respectively.

The consolation winners were Hanna Bernadette Locquiao, Trisha Angelica, Gendi Kaye Hamoy, Cherry Taruc, Kamila Montifalcon and Kyle Allyssa Abano.

The winners of the three competitions received cash prizes and plaques, according to Agolong.

She said the names of the winners of the Battle of the Chiefs will be included in the Dapitan City Food Directory.

The Handuraw 2021 festival marked the 125th anniversary of the martyrdom of Rizal, who lived the life of a political exile in the city of Dapitan for a period of four years and 13 days from July 17, 1892 to July 31, 1896.

The festival merges historical, cultural, social and economic elements related to the life of Rizal in the city of Dapitan.

Handuraw is the Cebuano word for “the power to imagine”, “to remember” or “flashback”. (SunStar Zamboanga)

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