Unilever Food Solutions Philippines hails its first-ever Real Chefs
Best tasting dishes innovated using Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise take the spotlight
at the Real Chef Challenge Grand Finale
After a three-month search for the best tasting dishes innovated using mayonnaise, Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) Philippines hails today the first ever winners of the Lady’s Choice Real Chef Challenge—a first of its kind culinary competition that challenges cooks and chefs across the Philippines to test their culinary acumen by revolutionizing dishes with the use of Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise. The culinary experts with the most irresistible Salad & Sandwich Combo and the most exquisite tasting Hot Dish win the crown.
“Last July 2015, we have announced a first-of-its kind culinary competition that opened opportunities for chefs and cooks all over the Philippines to showcase their kitchen prowess through the Lady’s Choice Real Chef Challenge,” said Nicki David, Channel Activation Manager at Unilever Food Solutions. “We are very pleased with the recipe entries we have received, which truly show the ingenuity of the Filipino culinarian.”
After the rigid scrutiny of the panel of judges, which included celebrity chef and executive chef of Chef Logro’s Institute of Culinary and Kitchen Services or CLICKS, Chef Pablo “Boy” Logro, owner and kitchen geek of Pino Kitchen Studio and Backyard MNL, Chef Edward Bugia, and UFS Senior Sous Chef, Chef Brando Santos, 25 interesting mayo innovations submitted from across the country have stood out.
In a grand taste testing event held at Glorietta 3 Activity Center, the top 25 chef finalists prepared and served their dishes before the chef judges and the public to determine the dishes from the Salad & Sandwich Combo and the Hot Dish categories. Both categories were judged based on taste and concept, presentation, and how the use of Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise elevated the texture and taste of the dishes.
“The top 25 mayo innovations that have made it to the finals prove that with the use of Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise, there are just so many recipes you can create and the possibilities to food innovations become endless,” said Chef Joanne Limoanco-Gendrano, Executive Chef at Unilever Food Solutions. Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise is made of real ingredients that help enhance the flavor of dishes, making them richer. Its creamy texture and taste definitely add a distinct flavor that elevates the taste of dishes.
Aside from showcasing various recipes that are made interesting with the use of mayonnaise, Lady’s Choice Real Chef Challenge also became a venue for the chefs and cooks to bring out their amazing talents and expertise in running their food establishments that are often not seen by the diners.
“At Unilever Food Solutions, the maker of Lady’s Choice, Knorr, and Lipton, we believe and support the one true mission of every Filipino chef and cook—to delight their customers with exquisite dishes,” said Colin Butler, Managing Director of UFS Philippines. “As such, we strive to help them develop their craft through the products and services we carry so they can continue to deliver a remarkable dining experience for their costumers. This competition is one of those milestones we’d like to share with them to showcase their amazing talents and creativity.”
Two winners of Real Chef Challenge brought home P100,000 each and an exclusive TV feature of their establishment and the winning dish. More than this, they also brought home the title of being hailed as the first-ever winners of the Lady’s Choice Real Chef Challenge.
Unilever Food Solutions – Who We Are
At Unilever Food Solutions, we help food operators all over the world serve tasty, wholesome meals that keep guests coming back for more.
We create ingredients that save precious prep time in the kitchen, without compromising on flavour or flair. And constantly provide ideas and inspiration that keep your menu fresh and exciting. Our ingredients are some of the staples of professional kitchens in 74 countries around the world: Knorr, Lady’s Choice, Best Foods, Lipton and more.
We’ve been in food since the 1880s. We’re chefs ourselves. So we understand that critical balance between impressing your guests and making a profit. And how to keep your menus and recipes fresh and exciting, as times and tastes change.
For more information on Unilever Food Solutions, please visit: www.ufs.com.
TOP 12 FINALISTS FOR SALAD & SANDWICH COMBO
Sisig Burger & Kajun Kamote
La Corona Music Pod
Bulgogi Steak Sandwich and Kim Caesar Salad
Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila
Aloysius Mark Abad
Tapa BLT on Mayonnaise Ciabatta Bread
Baring Coffee Shop
Kufta Chicken Sandwich
Karate Chop and Japs
Jose Nestor Guevarra II
Tonkapay Hawaiian Fried Clubhouse Sandwich
Lola Ebeng’s Kulinarya Sabaw at Prito
Junie Lan (representative for Benjie Gaviola)
Heart of Palm with Salted Egg Salad and Smoked Daing na Bangus Flakes Fajitas
Limketkai Luxe Hotel
Shrimp Sandwich and Caesar Tofu Salad
Fresh Sisig Salad Roll
Khristina Davette Lim
Pork Tonkatsu Apple Salad Sandwich in Lady’s Choice Apple Mayo Dressing
Timothy John Torres
Pulled Pork Sisig Sandwich and Japanese Autumn Salad
The Academy of International Culinary Arts
Squid Cutlet in Mayonnaise, Coconut Cream, Tomato and Onion Sauce
Golden Prince Hotel and Suites
TOP 13 FINALISTS FOR HOT DISH
Brian Lance Bersonda
Boneless Cebu Lechon Pork Knuckle, Banana Blossom Stuffing, Shallot-Aioli Macaroni
City Sports Club Cebu
Robert Puda Jr.
Prawns in Mayo Alavar Sauce
Christian Lenard Lachenal
3-way Mayo Roasted Boneless Euro Stuffed Chicken
Phiansam’s Catering Services
The Juicy Lucy's Makeover
Purichay’s Chicken Inasal
Roasted Tournedos of Beef Fillet in Mayo-Bearnaise Sauce with Fine Herbs
Boracay Regency Beach Resot and Spa
Slow-poached King Prawns in Coconut Mayonnaise Milk Infused with Santan Curd
Henann Garden Resort
Conrado Aranas Jr.
Gratinated Chicken Ala King in Crusty Potato Nest in Mayo-Cheese Vanilla Compound
Henan Lagoon Resort
Seafood Trio Mousse
West Narra Café
Crispy Crab Stick with Taba ng Talangka Dip
Jollibee Food Group
Lady's Choice Herbs Omurice with Pork Schnitzel in Oatmeal
Any-haw Litson Manok
Rey Allan Reta
Baked Prawns & Fruit Mayonnaise with Atchara and Salted Egg on top
Roasted Pork Belly with Spicy Laing Filling
Hotel La Corona De Lipa