LPUCI Adds Flair to its Wings by Sweeping the Philippine Culinary Cup and Bringing In International Master Baker Chef Peter Yuen

There is no stopping the Lyceum of the Philippines Culinary Institute (LPUCI) as it proves once again that it is the Metro's biggest and most advanced culinary school. And it was depicted with two events which both happened in August of this year.

Last August 5 to 8, the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC) was held alongside one of the biggest food expo in the country, the World Food Expo (WOFEX). This event allows culinary schools from different parts of the country to battle and aspire to be the best culinary school per given category. LPUCI has been one of the most aggressive participants in this renowned culinary competition. And in the past years, LPUCI has never failed to make their alma mater proud however, the institute took it further this year when it brought home seven (7) gold medals, nine (9) silvers and nine (9) bronzes.
Congratulations to the LPUCI Winners of the Philippine Culinary Cup

Justine Valdez (Student)
BRONZE               Calvine Dale Magsombol (Student)
U.S. Beef Category:
SILVER                  Errine Keith Jaramiel (Student)

Wedding Cakes Category:
GOLD                    Jireh Rodriguez (Student)
Dress the Cake Category:
SILVER                  Dan Pausal (Student)

U.S. Pork Category:
SILVER                  Justin Joshua Calayan (Student)
BRONZE               Jan Vincent Patron (Chef Instructor)

Sous Vide Category: 
SILVER                  Vince Patron (Chef Instructor) and Maria Filipina Lumingkit (Student)

Chocolate Pastry Showpiece Category:
BRONZE               Anthony Sagubiense (Student)

Bread Pastry Showpiece Category:
GOLD                    Holly Ann Manuel (Student)
GOLD                    Nelson Gamurot (Student)

Sugar Pastry Showpiece Category:
BRONZE               Jonathan Miranda (Student)

Fantasy Dessert Category: 
BRONZE               Heinz Pelayo (Chef Instructor)

Local Fish and Seafood Category:
GOLD                    Raymond Mendoza (Chef Instructor)

Lamb Category: 
GOLD                    Gyle Gicana (Student)

Young Chefs Category: 
GOLD                    Leroy Borrega (Student) and Arriane Alovera (Student)
SILVER                  Maxine Martinez (Chef Instructor) and Hannah Ramos (Student)

Pasta Category: 
SILVER                  Gyle Gicana (Student)

U.S. Poultry Category: 
SILVER                  Lacel Gem Jacob (Student)

Dream Team Challenge Category:
BRONZE               Heinz Pelayo, Abram Peralta, Junjun Barlan, Grace Obrero Martinez (Chef Instructors)

Filipino Cuisine Challenge Category:
BRONZE               Ma. Louisse Enipto, Angelique Chua, and Mary Joy Gella (Students)

Plated Desserts Category:
SILVER                  Angelo Zevasthian Bagos (Student)
SILVER                  Maricel Masongsong (Student)
BRONZE               Myca Callo (Student)

World of Bread Category: 
GOLD                    Earnest Artuz (Chef Instructor) and Kris Edison Tan (Student)

"We believe that LPUCI participants deserve the honors they reaped from PCC. It was no-piece-of-cake as they invested a lot of time on practice and perfecting their skills and their crafts for this event. Such medals is truly the fruits of their labors and we, at LPUCI truly are proud of them. It is also a sign that we are embarking on the right journey as we help mold these future culinary connoisseurs," said Chef Joel Tanjimenez, LPUCI Chef Administrator and over-all coordinator of LPUCI culinary competitions.

Alongside the celebration of winning a total of 25 medals at the PCC, LPUCI also had something more to be proud of. Just last August 3 to 21, international Master Baker Chef Peter Yuen graced the LPUCI campus to lead two specialized programs in the prestigious institute. Chef Yuen taught the Viennoiserie and European Artisanal Bread programs which were attended both by young culinary apprentices and even professionals who wanted to enhance their skills and expand their knowledge. And where else can you get such education, if not from a worldly practitioner who is already dominating the industry. 

Chef Yuen's classes at LPUCI is hands-on and student-centric. It allowed Chef Yuen to give ample attention to each student and monitor each one's skills and progress with every session. Chef Yuen's technique in teaching is complementary to LPUCI's teaching practices as well.

Chef Dan Basilio, Culinary Director of LPUCI could not be any prouder that the institution was able to make the international expert share his knowledge and skills in their campus. "I have known and witnessed the talents and skills of Chef Yuen for years. I believe that his expertise cannot only help the Filipino baking students and professionals improve their proficiency but also give them an edge in the global setting" said Chef Basilio.

With the success of Chef Yuen's specialized program and the demands from those who were not able to sign up, LPUCI announced Chef Yuen's return next year August 2016 for another set of specialized programs. The renowned chef is more than happy to return to the culinary institute's campus and share his knowledge and skills to the ever enthusiastic Filipino learners.

To learn more about LPUCI and its programs, you may visit their website http://www.lpuculinary.edu.ph/ or Facebook Page www.facebook.com/lpuculinaryinstitute. You may also visit their office and campus at Victoria corner Muralla Streets, Intramuros, Manila. For inquiries, contact +632 318 4000 or email info@lpuculinary.edu.ph or marketing@lpuculinary.edu.ph.

Article published on August 24, 2015