Richmonde Hotel Iloilo Chefs Win Unilever Food Solutions’ Elite Chef Challenge

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s talented kitchen team was crowned champions of the recently concluded “Funlasang Pinoy Elite Chef Challenge 2018”. This was held by the Unilever Food Solutions in Iloilo City.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo - Chefs de Partie Rey Parreo II Jorwen Botea and Commis 1 Rene Paul Loriega receive championship award
Chefs de Partie Rey Parreo II, Jorwen Botea, and Commis 1 Rene Paul Loriega receive the championship award.

Its theme was “Innovative Pinoy Ulam”, where Richmonde Iloilo’s Chefs de Partie Rey Parreño II and Jorwen Botea whipped up two original Filipino dishes using UFS products.

They were assisted by Commis 1 Rene Paul Loriega and guided by Sous Chef Jeffrey Ticao in giving imaginative twists to classic favorites.

The 1st dish was the Tri-Flavored Lumpia Mille-feuille with Pearl Caviar Sauce, a fresh European-inspired take on the lumpia.

This dish features chicken inasal, native pork adobo, and smoked salmon marinated in sinigang brine. It’s then layered with a medley of sautéed vegetables, topped with sweet chili plum and a caviar-like garnish of Unilever rock sugar.

Finally, it’s mixed with hoisin sauce, covered in Molo wrappers that resemble French mille-feuille pastry.

The 2nd winning dish was the Salted Egg-Infused Crispy Beef Kare-Kare with Corn, Bulalo Gelee and Consommé. This is a contemporary adaptation of the Kare-Kare sa Mais.

It uses a beef shank boiled and simmered like bulalo, then deep fried, crispy pata-style. The beef is then paired with warm beef consommé and a firm jelly made from the broth reduction.

Once done, it’s served with corn, a variety of buttered vegetables, and a savory mash of sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes, bell pepper, and kaldereta concasse infused with salted-egg.

These 2 dishes bested the entries of the other competitors representing different hotels and restaurants in Western Visayas. As a result, Richmonde’s chefs won PHP 20,000 in cash, a trophy, and gold medals.

The panel of judges included celebrated chefs and culinary masters Fernando Aracama, Jose Amadeo “Menoy” Gimenez, and Gerhard Oscar Gendrano. Criteria for judging were mis-en-place, professional preparation, taste, presentation, and teamwork.

Visit Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s The Granary, BizBar, and Zabana Bar to taste the creations of the hotel’s skilled chefs.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is located at Megaworld Boulevard cor. Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City 5000, Philippines. For direct bookings and exclusive discounts, visit Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s official website.

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