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AJINOMOTO Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) 2013 Is On

This year the 4th AJINOMOTO® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) is on, with 450 HRM and Nutrition students from 43 universities and colleges in Metro Manila and nearby provinces join and will show their skills and mastery in cooking and come up with the best umami taste. The annual much-awaited event will be held on February 2, 2013 at Hall 2 SMX Convention Center.

As to previous years of Ajinomoto Philippines' UCC, the focus of the competition is in umami, the 5th basic taste together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Project Head of UCC Chef Russell Bautista said  "We want more aspiring chefs to discover how deep understanding of umami effectively develop their skills to attain culinary excellence”.

There would be (5) competition categories: 1) Umami Bento Meal, 2) Healthy Asian Umami Dish, 3) Best Filipino Umami Dish, 4) My own Umami Creation and 5) Umami Potter. Criteria for selecting the winning dishes are intensity of umami taste, culinary technique and creativity, dish preparation, plate presentation and Eat Well, Live Well.® Cooking, which refers to the integration of culinary skills and nutrition knowledge to create a delicious and nourishing umami dish.

UCC Judges includes culinary luminaries like Chef Seiji Kamura (Executive Chef Mana Clinary Fusion), Chef Joey Herrera (ISCAHM Chef), Chef Ed Quimson (Chef Patron M Catering & Fine Foods), Chef Eugene Raymundo (Food stylist, part owner of Five Cows Restaurant and Kitch Café), Chef Babes Austria (Executive Chef, Taal Vista Hotel Tagaytay), and more.

Like last year, foodies and guests can also join to seminars on food safety and food processing, umami cooking demonstrations, interactive booths from sponsors and other exciting activities with exciting tokens and taste the food especially in portion of cooking demonstration. UCC also welcomes caterers and meat processors as the event is staged in partnership with the Food Caterers Association of the Philippines (FCAP) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). 

The AJINOMOTO® Umami Culinary Challenge 2013 is presented by Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation and sponsored by La Germania, Solane, Whirlpool/Fujidenzo and Masflex.

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