Irish food board recipe contest on again

BORD BIA, the Irish Government Food Board, is once again calling for recipes for its East Meets West Culinary Competition, now on its third year. Like last year’s competition, it will be held online.

The prize pool includes P325,000 in prize vouchers, a cooking class with renowned chefs Philip John Golding and Mark Hagan, a luxurious hotel staycation with Irish breakfast, and high quality chef’s kit supplies.

A group of world-renowned chefs, as well as representatives from Bord Bia, will review all the entries by the end of September. The shortlisted top 10 semi-finalists will receive a cooking kit to create and will have to submit a three-minute video of their dishes, made using both European pork and beef from Ireland. They will then be evaluated, and the top five finalists will be chosen to showcase their world-class Filipino culinary talents. The final selection of winning recipes will be made at a final cook-off which will be scheduled by the end of November.

The competition will be judged by an Irish chef from Dublin, Mark Hagan, who is the Executive Chef of The Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City. Partnering with Mr. Hagan is Philip John Golding, the Founding Chairman of Disciples Escoffier International Asia – Philippine Delegation and the Founding Chairman and President of World Master Chefs Society – Philippine Delegation. Completing the panel of judges is the winner of last year’s East Meets West Culinary Competition in the Philippines, Donie Bigcas, who is a recent culinary student graduate from Center for Culinary Arts Manila. Mr. Bigcas won last year with a dish called Bisperas ng Pista (Eve of the Festival): it was made of braised hamonado (cured) pork jowl, sweet potato puree, and pineapple atchara (pickle).

European pork and beef from Ireland are now available online through One World Deli on

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