• Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu represents Visayas at the “Chef Wars” in National Food Showdown



      Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu showcased its prowess and passion in culinary arts with its recent win at the 2018 Cebu Goes Culinary, the biggest, long-standing culinary event in the region organised by the Hotel, Resort & Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC).

      With a total of 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze and 1 Diploma, the hotel team led by Executive Chef Jean Louis Leon was also declared as Champion of the “Chef Wars”. This earned them the esteemed honour of representing the Visayas region in the same category at the National Food Showdown on Oct. 27, wherein they’ll compete against teams from Luzon and Mindanao.

      Out of all the categories, the “Chef Wars” is the main competition in both Cebu Goes Culinary and the National Food Showdown. Comparable to some culinary competitions on TV, the “Chef Wars” is a live cooking event wherein chefs create unique dishes out of the ingredients disclosed to them as part of the competition guidelines.

      Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu’s team for the “Chef Wars” is composed of junior chefs Marvin Ampoloquio, Jason Nellas and Reymuel Albacite. At the Cebu event, the discerning judges, a group of multi-awarded chefs and F&B connoisseurs, raved and gave top scores to the hotel team’s presentation, which displayed the team’s ingenuity in crafting creative and unique dishes out of the main ingredient − shrimps. Their set menu featured “Seared Shrimp ‘Sausage’ with Ginger, Malunggay Leaves in Coconut Milk Sauce”, “Sautéed Shrimps in Turmeric Crustacean Sauce”, and “Pasayan (Shrimp) Squid Ink Escabeche”.

      The team from Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is now preparing to compete in the grand finals of the “Chef Wars” at the National Food Showdown happening in Manila.

      “It was our first time to join the culinary competition in Cebu, which was why this win really caught us by surprise. To be able to represent Visayas in the National Food Showdown is actually a great honour and privilege. We’re excited to meet other players and personalities in the culinary scene,” shared Executive Chef Jean Louis.

      Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is a Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel offering a myriad of options for accommodation, events, leisure and dining. Its parent brand, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, is an international hotel chain known for seven decades of culinary excellence and innovation. The Cebu hotel is owned by the Manny O. Group, a Cebu-based holding company founded by Manuel H. Osmeña who is a prominent player in the Philippine tourism industry. The holding company is also in the airport and airline services, wine, culinary and hotel business.

      For other news and updates, follow @movenpickcebu on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or log on to www.movenpick.com/cebu. For hotel information and bookings, contact hotel.cebu@movenpick.com or call +63 32 492 7777.
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