The heated battle between universities and culinary students was finally over and the success of JOLLY University Year 4 Grand Cook-Off and Congress was evident. With the loud cheers of the students and their peers, friends and relatives, this year’s competition ended with the promise of more exciting dishes from new culinary masters, and more opportunities for everyone to enjoy food cooked differently and tastefully.
Le Pavilion Tent in Pasay City was filled with 120 elite finalists who did their best to prepare their JOLLY-inspired dishes. There were four divisions where the students competed: Individual Category (featuring Luzon Cuisines made easy, healthy and baon-ready); Team Main Dish Category (Visayas Cuisines Made Easy, Healthy and Jolly); Team Pasta Category (Mindanao Cuisines made Pastariffic) and Team Mocktail Category (Capture the Jolly Vibe of the Philippines in a Sip).
This year’s JU elite finalists were from 23 different schools across North and South Luzon and Metro Manila – all eager to be the proud champions from their respective schools.
With the theme “It’s More JOLLY in the Philippines”, Jolly University was held in conjunction with the Grand Cook-Off and the JOLLY Congress, which featured some of the country’s top industry practitioners and leaders: Leo de Leon of Allegro Beverage, JC Libiran Author of Byahe ni Juan, Marilyn Perion of UCPB, Liza Morales of CCA Manila, Karla Reyes of La Petite Fromagerie, Nana Ozaeta of Food Magazine, Bryan Kong of Crazy Katsu, Chershire Que (nutritionist), Vberni Regalado of Philippine Star, Jose Mari Oquiñena of Gawad Kalinga, Angelica Atanacio of Anghelica’s Desserts, Kian Kazemi of Persian Grill, Rebecca Lee of wheninmanila.com, and Ms. Earth 2015 Angelia Ong. Games, freebies, and random raffle prizes are also being given away to the lucky audience.
Now on its fourth successful year, JOLLY University gave the student participants an unforgettable experience to develop their culinary, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills as future culinary and industry leaders. A program designed to empower the youth, JU fosters industry-ready competitiveness, as well as, cooperative relationships among students and institutions in promoting culinary excellence and business innovation.
Total immersion experience
Kicking off the first leg of JU Year 4 was the Bootcamp workshop series conducted recently at the Center for Culinary Arts, Manila. The guest speakers, CCA faculty Chef-preneur Jonvic Mangibin and award-winning Chef Kerwin Funtanilla, shared their real-world expertise to the JU elite finalists as they explored various fundamentals on Food Presentation & Food Safety and Sanitation, and Conceptualizing & Preparing their Competition Dish.
To fine-tune their cooking skills in preparation for the JOLLY University Grand Cook-Off, a Market Basket-style cooking challenge was conducted wherein each Individual Category finalist was assigned to one of four “houses” (Culinary Champions, Gastronomic Guru, Kitchen Kings, and Meal Masters) headed by top CCA Manila students who served as their mentors. The dish entries were graded based on presentation, taste, innovation/creativity, food safety/sanitation, green chefmanship and use/integration of JOLLY food products as mandatory ingredients. The panels of evaluators are JU Headmaster Chef Mitchie Sison, Chef Jonvic Mangibin and Fly Ace Corp. representatives, Fly Ace Senior Product Manager for Jolly Food Line Bey Acuña and Fly Ace PR and Digital Media Manager Dianne Pagtalunan.
Alyanna Mae Rañola (UST, 2nd runner-up), Bernice Tenorio (UST, 1st runner-up) and Charlene Baltazar (EAC, grandwinner) won in the mock-up challenge.
JU elite finalist Francis Marion Santos of Centro Escolar-Manila, was elated by his boot camp experience. “I’m really thankful and honored to be part of JU batch 4. The hands-on training, coaching tips and mentorship by the esteemed chefs gave me and the others a huge confidence boost,” he said.
“We believe that fostering competitiveness, innovation, and entrepreneurship skills through programs that support youth development is a great investment that leads to positive outcomes both for the next generation and for the country,” concluded Ralph Rebulanan, Associate Product Manager of Jolly Food Line.
This year’s JU grand winners brought home Php50,000 worth of cash and prizes, trophies, culinary training workshop under CCA Manila, and an internship program under Fly Ace Corporation where they will receive comprehensive, job-ready skills development training from the industry’s best practitioners.
The JOLLY University Year 4 Congress was made possible with the support of event sponsors CCA Manila, Allegro, Coldstone, Glad, Fujidenzo, Masflex, PLDT HOME Fibr, Robinsons, Technogas, UCPB and Whirlpool and media partners Appetite Magazine, Breakfast Magazine, Cook Magazine, Food Magazine, Chinatown TV, Malaya Business Insight, The Manila Bulletin, Mommy Bloggers Philippines, Philippine Star and wheninmanila.com.
Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino consumers, Fly Ace Corporation’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. To learn more about Fly Ace, visit http://www.flyacecorp.com./
JOLLY is a canned fruits and vegetable line marketed and exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corp. For more updates, visit jolly.com.ph or like its official Facebook fanpage or follow via Twitter and Instagram (@jollyeatsph).
Jolly University 4 Congress winners:
Pasta (team) La Consolacion Batangas;
Mocktails (team) Lyceum Subic Bay;
Main Dish (group) La Consolacion Manila;
Main Dish (individual)
2nd runner up La Consolacion College Manila,
1st runner up Manila Tytana Colleges,
Grand winner University of Sto. Tomas.
Audience Choice: La Consolacion Manila