Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge Year 7


The 7th year of the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) proves to be even more exciting as it gathers 55 schools and universities from NCR, Ilocos, Bicol, Central and Southern Luzon and regional winners from Visayas and Mindanao. The nation’s best culinary teams will showcase their culinary prowess on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Philippine Trade and Training Center, Manila.


The Ajinomoto® UCC is an inter-school culinary competition where foodies and culinary enthusiasts meet with a common dedication to unite taste and health in food preparations. UCC is part of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation’s advocacy to promote the benefit of umami taste in preparing deliciously nourishing recipes. Through its food brand slogan “Eat Well, Live Well.®”, Ajinomoto hopes that future chefs and nutrition professionals will create more deliciously nourishing food for Filipino families to enjoy and live life to the fullest.

The panel of judges is composed of Food and Nutrition luminaries: Chef Gene Gonzales, Chef Sau del Rosario, Chef James Antolin, Chef Colin McKay, Chef Eugene Raymundo, Dr. Celeste Tanchoco, Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, and Dr. Adela Ruiz to name a few. They were invited to provide valuable insights to student-competitors on how to apply culinary skills and nutrition knowledge in the creation of nourishing umami dishes.

Over 300 aspiring chefs will compete in three (3) culinary competition categories: Best Filipino Umami Dish, My Own Umami Creation and Umami Master and other non-culinary categories: the “Aminomazing Showdown” beverage concoction contest and the “My Umami Coach and I” food-styling competition. Finalists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will compete in the National Cooking Showdown.

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge
Participating Schools

1 Academy Asia School of Technology and the Arts 29 Miriam College
2 Angeles University Foundation 30 National College of Business and Arts – Fairview Campus
3 Asian College 31 Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
4 Calayan Educational Foundation Inc. 32 Olivarez College
5 Cavite State University Carmona Campus 33 Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig
6 Cavite State University Indang Campus 34 Partido State University- San Jose
7 Central Luzon College of Science and Technology 35 Philippine Christian University
8 Chiang Kai Shek College Faculty of Business Arts and  Sciences 36 Polytechnic University of the Philippines- San Juan
9 Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba 37 Roosevelt College System
10 Colegio de San Lorenzo 38 Saint Michael’s College of Laguna
11 College of Immaculate Concepcion 39 Santa Isabel College
12 De La Salle of Lipa 40 Siena College of Taytay
13 De La Salle University – Dasmarinas 41 Southeast Asian College Inc.
14 Emilio Aguinaldo College Manila 42 Southville International School
15 Facilities Management College, Inc. 43 St. Dominic College of Asia
16 Far Eastern University 44 St. Paul University Quezon City
17 Hercor College 45 STI College – Alabang
18 Jose Rizal University 46 STI College – Balagtas
19 La Consolacion College – Manila 47 STI College – Sta Cruz
20 La Consolacion College – Pasig 48 Technological University of the Philippines
21 La Consolacion College – Tanauan 49 Trinity University of Asia
22 La Consolacion College Deparo – Novaliches 50 University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Las Pinas City
23 Laguna College 51 University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Molina
24 Liceo de Cagayan University 52 University of Santo Tomas
25 Lyceum of Subic Bay 53 University of Southern Mindanao
26 Manila Tytana 54 Wesleyan University Philippines
27 Mariano Quinto Alarilla Polytechnic College 55 World Citi Colleges
28 Metropolitan Medical Center- College of Arts, Science & Technology    

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge
List of Judges

Actual Competition Schedule: 8:00 to 9:00 AM

1 Chef Joey Herrera Faculty, International School for Culinary Arts

& Hotel Management (ISCAHM)

2 Chef Anthony Ballesteros Culinarian and Food Blogger
3 Chef Mac Ryan Rodrigo Executive Chef/Restaurant Manager of CAMP BENJAMIN
4 Ms. Elizabeth Toledo, RND Chief Dietitian, AFP Medical Center

P.R.O, Nutritionist Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines

5 Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa Board Member- Philippine Association of Nutrition

Actual Competition Schedule: 10:00 to 11:00 AM

1 Chef Seijie Kamura Executive Chef, Mana Culinary Fusion
2 Chef Miguel de Alba General Manager, Alba Restaurant
3 Chef Michelle Adrillana Chef/Food Consultant
4 Ms. Perla Sorreda Esguerra Chief, Nutrition and Dietetics Division, Philippine Heart Center
5 Ms. Venus La forteza Nutrition and Health Specialist, World Vision Philippines

Actual Competition Schedule: 12:00 NN to 1:30 PM

1 Chef Day Salonga Culinary consultant and co-founder of MonDay Chefs
2 Chef Mon Urbano Culinary consultant and co-founder of MonDay Chefs
3 Chef Erling Rune Sales & Account Specialist –Hotels

S & L Fine Foods, Inc

4 Ms. Teresita Ramos Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Province of Laguna
5 Dr. Celeste Tanchoco Officer, Nutritionist Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines

Actual Competition Schedule: 2:30PM to 3:30PM

1 Chef Sau del Rosario Celebrity Chef and Entrapreneur
2 Chef Dino Datu Editor-in-Chief, Cook Magazine
3 Mr. Francis Cyril de Guzman Nutritionist Dietitian II, Philippine Heart Center

Actual Competition Schedule: 2:30 to 3:30 PM

1 Chef Eugene Raymundo Renowned Food Stylist
2 Chef Jean Pierre Migne Culinary Expert, Food and Beverage Consultant
3 Chef James Antolin Consultant for Instituto Culinario & Vice President , Pastry Alliance of the Philippines
4 Ms. Paz Sales Department Manager – Food and Nutrition Support Services Division, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City, Taguig
5 Dr. Wyatt Belmonte Blogger- Wyatt’s Kitchen, Researcher

Actual Competition Schedule:8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

1 Lanie Lluch Mommy Bloggers Philippines Administrator
2 Ms. Maria Jovina Sandoval Science Research Specialist II, Department of Science and Technology- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI)

Actual Competition Schedule: Batch 1 (10:30 Am to 12:00 NN ) and Batch 2 (12:30 PM to 2:00PM)

1 Chef Eugne Raymundo Renowned Food Stylist
2 Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz, RND, MSN, DPA, PhD President, Nutritionist Dietians’ Association of the Philippines


Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge
Competition Categories and Program Schedule

  8:00 –   9:00 AM Best Filipino Umami Dish – Luzon 40 120
10:00 – 11:00 AM My Own Umami Creation – Luzon 40 120
12:00 –   1:30 PM 2016 Umami Master 38 38
  2:00 –   3:30 PM National Cooking Showdown
(Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao)

·         Best Filipino Umami Dish

·         My Own Umami Creation

6 18


   7:00 –  7:30 AM Opening Ceremony
   8:15 –  9:15 AM My Umami Coach and I Presentation (25 schools)
   9:30 – 10:00 AM Introduction of
 10:15 – 11:45 AM The Aminomazing Showdown- Batch 1 (6 schools)
 11:45 – 12:00 NN Announcement of Champions

·         Best Filipino Umami Dish

·         My Own Umami Creation

 12:00 – 12:45 PM Awarding of Umami Coaches
   1:00 –  2:30 PM The Aminomazing Showdown- Batch 2 (5 schools)
   3:30  – 4:00 PM Umami Conversation by Dr. Celeste Tanchoco
   4:00 –  4:30 PM Special Number by Ms. Kathryn Bernardo
   4:30 –  5:00 PM Umami Presentation by Prof. Kumiko Ninomiya
   5:00 –  6:00 PM Awarding Ceremony

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION in partnership with La Germania, Solane, Fujidenso and Masflex.


Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJINO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Sinigang and FRES-C® Concentrated Powdered Drink Mix.


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