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Budding Filipino Chef to Compete in the Young Chef Olympiad in India

By THE MANILA BULLETIN LIFESTYLE

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The history of Filipino food and culinary skills is a unique blend of traditions and experiences from around the world, a balance of east meets west.

In our young and aspiring culinarians we see that same spirit of innovation and fearlessness to mix things up and experiment.

For the upcoming 6th Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) in India, Benildean Austin Cale Labago will represent the Philippines, “battling” against budding chefs from around 50 countries, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2. Organized by India’s International Institute of Hotel Management, in association with the United Kingdom’s International Hospitality Council, YCO will assess the cheftestants’ mastery of skills, expertise, creativity, techniques, and innovation in two time-bound prequalifying rounds to be held across various cities in India.

A culinary student from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management, Labago brings with her experience from around the world. She has trained in the Italian Food Style Education Culinary Institution in Turin, Italy, and in the Michelin-star restaurant Tenuta La Sacinetta in Regione Rena, Buriasco, Italy. In completion of her three-month internship, Labago exemplified leadership skills as the kitchen manager of Benilde Manila’s Andrew Café.

For the tournament, she will be guided by chef mentor Kannan Jayaprakash Sreedevi, an industry expert and faculty member of Benilde.

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De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (SHRIM) faculty member Chef Mentor Kannan Jayaprakash Sreedevi will be the mentor of student-chef Austin Cale Labago in in the 6th Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) in India

This year’s chef judges include Michelin-starred chef Chris Galvin, celebrity chefs Sanjeev Kapoor and Enzo Oliveri, Royal Academy of Culinary Arts president Brian Turner, former Savoy Hotel London maître chef des cuisines Anton Edelmann. In our young and aspiring culinarians, we see that same spirit of innovation and fearlessness to mix things up and experiment. REVIEW des cuisines Anton Edelmann, former executive chef of The Dorchester Henri Brosi, among others. Meanwhile, Professor David Foskett MBE, author of the Practical Cookery series, will chair the panel of judges.

“My vision is to unite the world of hospitality and culinary arts, to build bridges, promote understanding, celebrate diversity and culture,” says Professor Foskett, “To recognize the talent young people have and the power they have to change the world for the better in the future.”

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De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLSCSB) School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (SHRIM) culinary student Austin Cale Labago will represent the Philippines in the 6th Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) in India

The United World of Young Chefs, a celebration of culinary cultures, will allow the apprentices and mentors to share a particular dish from their national cuisine with the fellow participants, judges, organizers, and special guests, which will include luminaries, dignitaries, and distinguished people from the hospitality scene.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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