Kicking off the first leg of JU Year 4 is 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 will walk away with 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 is 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./
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