“East Meets West” Culinary Competition 2021 Launched by The Irish Food Board | During the pandemic year 2020, the first and most well-known online culinary competition comes back to enthrall the local culinary scene. On September 1, 2021, Bord Bia, the Irish Government Food Board, will host the “East Meets West” culinary competition. This renowned online cooking competition aims to enhance awareness of European Pork and Beef’s high quality, unique taste, and variety among the Philippines’ market audience.
“We are excited to start the 2021 East Meets West culinary competition after an extremely successful 2020 competition,” said Marion Rogan, EU Pork & Beef Programme Manager. Particularly during COVID periods, the Philippine culinary community appears to value the opportunity to compete and demonstrate their culinary skills to our top judges. The great quality of cooking on exhibit left us all impressed, and we believe the 2020 competition will encourage many young chefs and culinary students to go innovative for this year’s competition.”
Professional chefs, culinary students, food bloggers/influencers, and home cooks are all welcome to compete in the “East Meets West” culinary competition. Participants must submit recipes inspired by Filipino-fusion cuisine that are of high-quality restaurant standards. We’re excited to see how food bloggers/influencers and home cooks put their own culinary spins on popular Filipino recipes.
By the end of September, a group of world-renowned chefs, as well as Bord Bia experts, will review all of the entries. The top 10 semi-finals will be given a cooking kit and asked to prepare and submit a 3-minute film of their meals utilizing European pork and beef from Ireland, after which they will be judged to advance to the top 5 finalists and display their world-class Filipino culinary talents. The top 5 winning dishes will be chosen at a final cook-off event scheduled for the end of November, with the top 5 winners by rank announced.
The Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, is awarding five winners with fantastic gifts. A cooking session with famous chefs Philip John Golding and Mark Hagan, a deluxe hotel staycation with Irish breakfast, and high-quality chef’s kit supplies are all part of the prize pool.
Chef Mark Hagan, the Executive Chef of The Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City, will participate in the “East Meets West” culinary competition as a special guest. Chef Philip John Golding, the Founding Chairman of Disciples Escoffier International Asia – Philippine Delegation and the Founding Chairman and President of World Master Chefs Society – Philippine Delegation, will be collaborating with Chef Mark Hagan. Donie Bigcas, the Grand Prize winner of the East Meets West Culinary Competition – Philippines 2020, who is a recent culinary student graduate from the Center for Culinary Arts – Manila, completes the panel of judges.
It’s a terrific moment for chefs, foodies, and home cooks to taste European Pork and Beef from Ireland, which is now accessible online through One World Deli on Lazada.com. “Our trading relationship with the Philippines dates back many decades, and European beef from Ireland remains one of the leading suppliers of beef to the Philippines,” said Jack Hogan, Market Specialist for Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. This high-end, grass-fed beef was recently offered on Lazada and is also available at a handful of high-end restaurants and hotels. European pork farmers from Ireland have long-standing links with their Filipino counterparts, supplying significant restaurant chains as well as well-known chicharon makers and retailers.”
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