Showcase of culinary brilliance
Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition 2019 champion chef Roseller Fiel II.
Showcase of culinary brilliance
THE PEPPER MILL - Pepper Teehankee (The Philippine Star) - October 8, 2019 - 12:00am

Philippine cuisine is diverse. Luzon has igado and caldereta, Visayas offers humba and kinilaw, Mindanao has pyanggang and pastil. All these dishes and more recently took center stage at the nationwide cooking competition Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition.

As one of the biggest cook-offs of the year, Solane Kitchen Hero toured the country in search for the finest professional chefs. Chef Roseller Fiel II from Region IX was named the champion of the competition. He was joined by chefs June Rey Tunog, Jan Daryl Doculan, Mario Semblante, and McRhyan Rodrigo, who was the finalist.           

At the helm of the competition were Isla PG Corp. CEO Ruben Domingo, Isla Petroleum and Gas CEO Atsushi Onichi  and Solane marketing manager Valeri Villano. The judges were composed of Solane Kitchen Hero director Nancy Reyes Lumen, Solane Kitchen Hero ambassador chef Sau del Rosario, Anton Diaz and Spanky Enriquez.

The winner of the Solane Kitchen Hero took home P100,000 in cash and a culinary trip to Japan with customized stops at different food destinations. This cooking contest was made possible with the support of STI as the official school partner while Midea was the co-presenter. Major sponsors were Masflex, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Doña Elena and Doña Elena Al Dente. Minor sponsors were King Sue, Ajinomoto, Philtranco, FastCat, Chef’s Garb and National Book Store.

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Cory Quirino and James Reid.

Telling time with James Reid

Timepiece brand Armitron recently opened its doors in the Philippines and named James Reid as its first Philippine brand ambassador.

For over 60 years, Armitron has been creating affordable timepieces from sports designs to outdoor watches and sleek dress pieces. 

James said, “Armitron, for me, embodies style and functionality without breaking the bank. So you can build your own collection of timepieces without guilt.  Its collections are wide and varied, so it makes it easy to find something that suits your day.” 

Vice president Alan Litwack said, “James is the perfect fit for the Armitron brand as he is a man of many talents and passions — he’s an actor, singer, dancer and producer. In the same way that there are many facets to his personality and life, there are also just as many stories that could be made with just one Armitron watch.”

(Visit Facebook or Instagram via @ArmitronPH or shop the collection via Lazada, Zalora and Shopee.  Armitron timepieces are also available at the SM Store, Robinsons and Metro Gaisano Department Stores nationwide.)

Hokkaido Tracks representative Demeley Quitalig and Jewelmer marketing manager Marion de Guzman

‘The First Ten’

The Red Charity Gala will be celebrating its 11th year with an unprecedented fashion event titled “The First Ten” on Oct. 12, 6 p.m., at Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig City.

This year, the event will feature the breathtaking creations of all its past honorees — Lesley Mobo, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Rajo Laurel, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, Chito Vijandre, Joey Samson and Dennis  Lustico.

Recently, founders Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga hosted a sneak preview at The Manila Hotel on what to expect in the one-of-a-kind fashion show, whose proceeds will be for the benefit of the Philippine Red Cross, Assumption HS ‘81 Foundation, and other charities.

(Follow me on Instagram @pepperteehankee.)

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