The 6th Year of the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge

The annual Ajinomoto®   Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) 2015 is slated on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Hall 2 of the SMX Convention Hall from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. On its 6th year, UCC organizer, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation, puts together the best culinary teams from Luzon-VisayasMindanao in one (1) cooking arena to showcase their masterful culinary creations. UCC is the biggest, intercollegiate, multi-category culinary competition that focuses on the delicious potential of umami, the 5th basic taste. The event attracts HRM and Nutrition students in 54 schools coming from NCR, Ilocos, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and Bicol Regions and regional winners from Visayas and Mindanao.

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Entrepreneur Magazine launches the Next Big Food Entrepreneur Challenge

In its quest to lend support to those who dream big and hope to contribute to the country through their enterprising capabilities, Entrepreneur Magazine announces the extension of Solane’s Next Big Food Entrepreneur Challenge. Running on its second year, the contest is in partnership with Solane LPG and Mercato Centrale Philippines.

Last year’s winners were husband-and-wife team Ping and Jewel Joven of Ping Gu Mushroom Fries and JR Inciong of Mocktail Madness for the student’s category. They bested other entrants who aspired to be the first Next Big Food Entrepreneur.

The contest is open to all amateur and professional food entrepreneurs, 18 years old and above, who are residing in the Philippines. It is also open to teams composed of three (3) persons who are eligible to join.

Contestants undergo three steps: the Food Taste Test; Food Selling; and Submission of Business Plans. The individual or team that garner the highest-scored business plan shall win a cash prize worth P100,000 tax free, a six (6) month rent-free stall in Mercato or Soderno, and a feature in Entrepreneur and Yummy Magazines.

Interested parties may submit their entries until July 25, 2013 by sending their name, short description of dish concept, email address, mobile number, landline (optional), and desired time in a brown envelope labeled Solane’s Next Big Food Entrepreneur. Entries must be submitted to In-Magazine Promos, Summit Media, 7th floor Robinsons Cybergate Center Tower 3, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong or through fax number 451-8888 local 1074, from Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Submissions will be accepted until July 25, 2013 only.

For more details on Solane’s Next Big Food Challenge and for the full mechanics, grab a copy of the June issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide. You can also visit Entrepreneur online at Get more updates when you follow them on Twitter via or like its Facebook page

Moulinex You Cook Video Recipe Challenge Year 3

For over three years, Moulinex has been organizing its cooking competition, the Moulinex You Cook Video Recipe Challenge. It is a competition among culinary and hospitality management students, wherein entries are submitted in video clips showing the ingredients and procedure through a cooking demo using Moulinex food preparation products.

On its third year, the Moulinex You Cook Video Recipe Challenge shall be on the lookout for female cooks who have the passion for serving delectable home-cooked meals and can serve as the epitome of the modern woman who appreciates easy preparation of dishes with the use of innovative products such as what Moulinex offers. Moulinex has always been about making the lives of women easier so we would like to recognize and celebrate the cooking prowess of the Filipina women through this project.

MECHANICS: (Who can join)

  • Female, aged 18 to 40 years old
  • Filipino citizen
  • Single or married
  • A resident of National Capital Region or nearby provincial areas
  • Any female who has the abovementioned qualifications can join the competition provided that she:
    • Has not worked and/or is not currently working as a professional cook or chef here in the Philippines or abroad
    • Does not own a restaurant or a culinary school
    • Is not a current instructor of culinary studies or related course in a culinary school, college, or university
    • Not a current student of First Gourmet Academy

Check out Moulinex Facebook Page for full details of You Cook Video Recipe Challenge Year 3

The Gift of Health — A “Must” Gift Idea For Christmas

Instead of choosing the latest electronic gadget, clothes, or even a car, why not choose to give the gift of health to a family member or any loved one this Christmas?

Giving the gift of health can be in any form, like membership in a fitness center, new exercise shoes or perhaps a complete set of health supplements. But why bother with those when you can give a health juicer and all you need are either vegetables or fruits, and a little creativity and know-how in combining them to make great-tasting—and healthy—juices?

For this Christmas, give the Hurom Slow Juicer as your perfect Yuletide gift, your gift of health and vitality in life for a loved one.

Traditional juicers you can buy in appliance stores nowadays still use high-speed motors and sharp cutting blades  to do lightning-fast cutting movements. But did you know that these juicers merely cut the fruits and veggies? By doing so, even if you manage to extract juice, these are already “oxidized,” meaning all the important nutrients you need are already lost.

But the Hurom Slow Juicer is unlike any other juicer in the market, with its patented Low Speed Technology System or LSTS. This revolutionary technology, which is already accepted in the US, Japan, China, and other parts of Europe and in 40 other countries around the world, doesn’t dazzle the user with its fast-speed motion just to extract the juice. It slowly and gently presses—not crushes—the fruit or vegetable to extract its all-natural juices.

The result is you get juice full of essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and important live enzymes that are good for the body to achieve healthy, yet remains tasty and full of natural juice flavors, something you don’t get from the usual juicers. Vitamins and minerals like lycopene, antosianin, and beta-carotene are important nutrients that help fight certain types of cancer. It also helps prevent aging and has tremendous qualities to help improve our skin.

By getting more tasty and healthy juices, you can now put 100% all natural juice on the Christmas dining table this coming Noche Buena and not those unhealthy sodas or fruit drinks that are commercially manufactured and packed with harmful chemicals and artificial flavoring and coloring that are dangerous to the body, especially for kids.

Therefore, you get more flavor, more natural juices and above all, good health for the family for this Christmas season and in the next.

Still in a quandary on what to give a special someone or a family member, especially those whom you think have no time to care about their health? Try the revolutionary Hurom Slow Juicer as an alternative Christmas gift. After all, there no material item in this world that can match the gift of health, more importantly for someone you love.

The pioneering Hurom Slow Juicer is available at the following outlets: S&R Bonifacio Global City; Rustan’s department stores in Makati, Shangri-La Plaza and Alabang; Rustan’s Supermarket Rockwell and Landmark in Makati and Trinoma. For more details about the Hurom Slow Juicer, call Zinven International Corp., the exclusive distributor of Hurom Slow Juicer, at (+632) 926-7782 or (+632) 926-7786, or visit

Reliable Pot and Pan Sets

Choosing a reliable set of pots and pans should be one of the first things that you do when you are stocking your kitchen. Without reliable cookware, you are going to have a much harder time consistently producing delicious meals at home. Finding the right saucepan or soup pot lets you improve the quality of your cooking and reduces the chance that your dishes burn or overcook. A set of Emeril® cookware gives you high-quality pots and pans that last for many years.

With an Emeril anodized cookware set, you can get all of the basic pots and pans that you need to cook every dish in your recipe book. A good set of Emeril blue cookware should include a large saucepan, several sizes of frying pans, sauté pans and a stockpot. Make sure that you choose a set that includes more than one size of each piece so that you can cook as much or as little food as you need. The more sizes of pots and pans you have, the more options you have in the kitchen. The cookware you choose should be non-stick and scratch-resistant so that it is durable and easy to clean.

With the right kind of cookware, you can improve your cooking right away. Even the best chefs have a hard time cooking with sub-par pots and pans. By choosing a set of high-quality cookware, you can produce a wide variety of delicious meals in your own kitchen without having to worry about your equipment betraying you.

Make Kitchen Life Easier With Fujidenzo Microwave Ovens

My Dad loves to cook. But he cooks in conventional way. I mean, we only have a 2-burner gas stove that time along with the usual kitchenwares. Those modern cookwares like gas range, turbo broiler, oven toaster and microwave oven were not positively introduced to us by my parents. We were always told that food is more tasty and delicious if you just cook it the normal way. So, I remember, everytime my Dad cooks beef caldereta, it’ll take 2-3hrs to make sure that the beef is tender enough or else, it’ll be like a rubber tire. Haha! 🙂 

However, when I started to be interested in cooking, I also started buying those kitchenwares that I am totally novice. My first buy was a microwave oven. Can’t remember the brand anymore but one thing with it is, I enjoy cooking even better with the microwave oven. It makes my life easier. 🙂 This actually started my passion in cooking. Until now, I am still convincing my Dad to use our microwave oven so he can have less time in cooking. Again, he’s refusing even I am serving him the food I cooked. 🙂

When me and my husband got our own place, we started getting our own things too. I initially scouted for microwave ovens. I wanted to get the right and best for me. I stumbled on a very elegant silver and really a space saver design. It was the Fujidenzo FM-20 GX Microwave Oven. I literally fell inlove with it. 🙂 It has a volume of 20-liters, grill function, 3 levels of combination cooking, defrost function, 5 power levels, a 30-minute timer and end of cooking signal. Perfect! 

As I was being assisted by the store staff, I realized Fujidenzo has a very promising line up of microwave ovens. Here are the others: 

  • At 25 liters, the classy, electric Fujidenzo FM-25 SSMicrowave Oven boasts of a stainless steel body and cavity, a grill function with 2 levels of combination cooking, defrost function, and end-of-cooking signal.
  • The 20-liter, silver-framed, ultra-modern black-bodied FM-20 B operates with a defrost function, 5 power levels, a 30-minute timer, and end-of-cooking signal.  The FM-20 B is also designed as a space saver with its compact dimensions.
  • Finally, the 20-liter, classic polished white SM-20 SW sports a defrost function, 5 power levels, a 30-minute timer, and end-of-cooking signal.

Another things that’s one of the unique selling points of Fujidenzo microwave ovens is that they are all equipped with the Smart Wave System. A technology that focuses microwave energy directly on to the food for faster cooking and defrosting than with traditional microwave ovens. This also ensures even cooking and helps to eliminate cold spots and overcooked edges.

With Fujidenzo microwave oven, I was able to complete the round up for my kitchen. Now I will have something to help me in my married life. From popcorn snacks to instant microwave dinners, my microwave heating will all be in a snap. Perfect!

So when it comes to microwave ovens, the kitchen appliance you shouldn’t live without, make it Fujidenzo: the brand that values quality above all.