- Chefs and cooks from across the country unleash their creativity in putting a twist in classic Filipino dishes
- Exciting line-up of dishes include sisig pasta with salted egg, kalderetang tinali sa pancit, and shrimp sinigang fried rice
Manila, Philippines – After a rigorous selection among 160 mouthwatering recipes of different Filipino dishes with a twist, only ten chefs and cooks from across the country will battle it out at the grand cook-off of the first-ever Funlasang Pinoy Twist Fest competition by Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) Philippines. The finalist chefs are challenged to deliver the best tasting and most innovative take on the classic Pinoy dishes with fun twists that will surely fuel the love of Pinoys for the Filipino cuisine.
“We are very excited for this day to come as we witness our very talented Pinoy chefs showcase their ingenuity in making a classic Filipino dish stand out like we’ve never seen nor tasted before,” said James Benedict Carreon, UFS Philippines Managing Director. “This competition was created to provide an avenue for our chefs and cooks to showcase their talents and creativity to reignite everyone’s love for Filipino food.”
Among the classic Pinoy dishes that the finalists need to innovate with a twist are sinigang, kaldereta, pansit, sisig and tapa, using Knorr products and Lady’s Choice Real Mayonaise. The dishes will be closely scrutinized and judged by the creativity of the twist, food taste and presentation, and the use of the UFS products by esteemed culinary experts such as Executive Chef Fernando Aracama of Aracama Filipino Cuisine, UFS Senior Sous Chef Brando Santos, and UFS Senior Sous Chef Paulo Sia.
“Food innovation is not about changing the original recipe of a dish. It is about staying faithful to the original concept of the dish but adding creativity to improve the taste and overall experience of your diners as they eat it,” shared Chef Fernando Aracama. “We chefs need to remember this to cater to the ever-changing palate of diners who continue to seek different kind of dining experience, and to stand out from the clutter of food choices available these days.”
The chef with the best tasting Pinoy dish with a twist will be recognized as the first ever Funlasang Pinoy Twist Fest Champion who will bring home the P100,000 cash prize, exclusive publicity features, and a special feature in the official Funlasang Pinoy Cookbook.
“The talent and creativity of Pinoy chefs are definitely something to be proud of. As a team of chefs who understand the needs of the culinary industry, we at Unilever Food Solutions are always finding ways to provide them avenues to gain more inspiration, knowledge, and acess to the right products that will complement that and help them improve the dining experience of the loyal diners,” added Carreon.
To know more about UFS and Funlasang Pinoy, visit www.ufs.com