TWC holds Cook-off Challenge


A total of 7 teams from the current batch of Cookery NC II trainees enrolled at the TESDA Women Center (TWC) competed in the first TWC Cook-Off Challenge held on May 27, 2019 at the Tandang Sora Hall in collaboration with Mama Sita Foundation.

While TESDA trainees are not unfamiliar with skills competition, this one is rather unique as it concentrated on the traditional Filipino Cuisine using local ingredients. Each team was given a free hand in the choice of a hot meal and entries included chicken caldereta, chicken adobo with gata, seafood bicolexpress, ginataang tilapia, smoked flavored humba, pork binagoongan, and everlasting (embutido).

“We are absolutely happy to be given this rare privilege to partner with Mama Sita Foundation. This competition goes out of the standard cooking that we do at the center and will definitely develop the skills needed in the 21st Century as the trainees will be able to do problem solving and show their creativity in presenting traditional Filipino Cuisine,” Maria Clara Ignacio, TWC Chief said in her message.

The criteria for judging were cleanliness, grooming and orderly preparation (15%), production (20%), presentation (25%), and taste/sensory evaluation (40%). The team that prepared the ginataangtilapia placed third, seafood bicol express team placed second, and the team that presented the smoked flavored humba was declared as the grand winner. Aside from Mama Sita goodies, they also received cash prizes – P10,000, P7,500, and P5,000 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Other teams received Mama Sita goodies and certificates of participation.

Mama Sita Foundation chose well-known personalities in the culinary field to compose the Board of Judges – Chef Noel Ramos, PAL’s Corporate Chef; Don Edward Punzalan Quito, Chef and Owner of Patio Miguelito; Ms. Barbara May Dacanay, Gulf News Journalist; and Ms. Mikaela Fenix, President of Food Writers Association of the Philippines and Ms. Mylene Somera, TWC Supervising TESD Specialist.

Mama Sita Foundation, represented by its president, Ms. Clara Reyes R. Lapus, provided the funds and the ingredients for this cooking competition as its way of advocating the use of natural ingredients and the need to comply with the global safety standards.

Mama Sita Foundation is a duly registered foundation established in 1999 that supports skills training and agricultural development projects, as well as competitions, recognition and awards programs designed to preserve and promote Filipino culinary tradition as well as create livelihood opportunities for participating individuals, their families and communities.

As ways forward, the TESDA Women’s Center and Mama Sita Foundation shall be collaborating as partners in the conduct of Traditional Filipino Cuisine for women.