Have you used Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce before? Some of us think that Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is only used as spice for steaks and other meat dishes. But the recently concluded cook fest, “Lea & Perrins Isang Kutsara Nationwide Cooking Challenge Year 2,” we realized that Lea & Perrins is also an essential ingredient to make numerous dishes more delectable.
Tasty All-Around Sauce
The participants showed that the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, which can be used as a marinade or a meat tenderizer, can do an amazing job in enhancing the flavors of dishes, be they seafood, beef, chicken, or pork dishes.
At the Manila leg of the cook-off, the top three dishes were the Lea & Perrins Tangy Barbecue Ribs by Kathleen Lachenal, Crispy Pata Tim Ala Lea & Perrins by Julianne Yuki, and Simple Beef Stir Fry in Lea & Perrins by Leonardo Cruz.
Lachenal, who is the Manila area’s grand champion, said that her recipe has been used by her family for years. But including the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce in the marinade has further improved the taste and texture of the dish.
“It’s part of the marinade, which was reused to become the dish’s sauce. We used to treat Worcestershire sauce as a condiment but when it was mixed with the marinade, the flavor was noticeably strengthened. The sauce adds flavor and perks up the dish,” Lachenal said.
Yuki, the first runner-up, shared that she used the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce to enhance the flavor of her Crispy Pata Tim Ala Lea & Perrins, which is her own recipe.
Meanwhile, Cruz, the second runner-up, said that his simple recipe was made more special by using the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce and the triple stir fry technique.
The cook-off’s twin goals are to promote the other uses of the Worcestershire sauce and encourage home cooks to use the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce so that their simple fare can turn into restaurant-quality meals.
“We now would like to showcase the flexibility of our product,” said Kraft Heinz Philippines Country Manager Charles Mendoza.
He added: “What’s good about our contest right now is that it turns normal or home cooked food into gourmet or restaurant food. That is one of the qualities that we check in the competition.”
Considered as the biggest live cooking competition for two years now, the Lea & Perrins Isang Kutsara Nationwide Cooking Challenge Year 2 had more than 300 participants this year coming from the visited areas of Albay, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, Iloilo, Cebu, and Metro Manila.
According to the Kraft Heinz Philippines Advisory Chef Mia Yan, the winning dishes in the other areas were simple fare with distinctive tastes and flavor profiles.
In Albay, the winner was Pechay Wrapped Chicken in Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce; in Cagayan De Oro, the Skinless Lea & Perrins Pork Langgonisa; in Davao, the Tasty Lea & Perrins Beef Empanada; in Iloilo, the Lea & Perrins Beef Stroganoff Pasta; and in Cebu, the Lea & Perrins Sweet & Spicy Wings.
When asked about future plans, Mendoza said, “Hopefully we can continue this next year to show the usage and variety of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. With this kind of activity, consumers can gain knowledge that there are other uses for our product.”
He enthused that the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is the best choice for whipping up regional dishes. “Our sauce can be used in a variety of dishes especially Filipino recipes,” Mendoza shared.
More than half a million in cash and prizes were given away in this year’s competition alone.
Each area visited had three top winners who took home cash and prizes. The area’s grand champion, first runner-up, and second runner-up each received P25,000 pesos, P15,000 pesos, and P10,000 pesos, with gift packs, plaque of participation and Lea & Perrins gold, silver, and bronze trophy respectively. All cash prizes are tax-free.
All non-winners in the six areas were given consolation prize money, a plaque of participation, and exclusive gift packs from Lea & Perrins as well.