Irish Food Board launches “East Meets West” Culinary Competition

Irish Food Board launches “East Meets West” Culinary Competition 2020 - Food Finds Asia

Food Finds Asia| Irish Food Board launches “East Meets West” Culinary Competition |Manila, Philippines – (July 29, 2020) – The Irish Government Food Board, Bord Bia announces the launch of their first online culinary competition aptly called, “East Meets West.” This unique online culinary competition, kicking off on August 1st, aims to raise awareness of the high quality as well as the unique taste and versatility of European Pork and Beef among the Philippines market audience.

The “East Meets West” culinary competition, has been successfully implemented in other markets and it started out to be a culinary competition exclusively for chefs. This year, Bord Bia decided to open the competition to chefs, food bloggers or foodies and culinary students. The food bloggers, foodies and the culinary students are expected to add exciting cooking twists to well-loved Filipino dishes. 

A group of internationally awarded chefs, as well as representatives from Bord Bia will review all the entries in early September.  The ten shortlisted entrants judged to be the best Filipino/fusion recipes will be announced by 7th September. Those shortlisted will be asked to submit a video of their dishes, using both the pork and beef cuts from Ireland. The final selection of the winning recipes will be done in October with the announcement of the five winners.

The five winners will win an exceptional culinary tour to Ireland, planned for 2021. This trip will give the winners a once in a lifetime chance to visit Irish food producers and top restaurants in Ireland to get a first-hand feel for the quality of the Irish produce. All five winners will also get the opportunity to attend a cooking class with renowned chef, Billy King plus other prizes.

The “East Meets West” competition will have a special participation of the legendary Irish chef in the Philippines, Chef Billy King. As one of the jury members Chef Billy, who first came to Manila in 1986 as Executive chef of InterCon hotel, became one of the pioneering chefs who brought in fine dining and international cuisine in the Philippines starting with the opening of Le Soufflé in 1990s. He is currently Executive Chef/Owner of Le Chef at Manor Hotel in Baguio City.  Joining Chef Billy is another international Irish chef from Dublin, Chef Mark Hagan. Chef Mark is the Executive Chef of The Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City. The third panel judge is Chef Philip Golding.  Philip is the Founding Chairman and President of Disciples Escoffier International Asia – Philippine Delegation, the Founding Chairman and President of World Master Chefs Society – Philippine Delegation and the Founding Member of American Culinary Foundation (ACF) – Philippine Chapter.

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