AUSPHIN COOK-OFF: Students Show Promising Culinary Skills, Winning Team Surprises with Exciting Dish

Last December 16, 2016, Ausphin held its first ever Cook-Off Challenge and invited various culinary schools to compete to be the first Ausphin Cook-Off Grand Champion and win scholarships worth more than $2000 AUD.

The event was held in Star Cruises, hosted by the beautiful Mrs. Globe 2013 Sheryl Lynn Callister, and joined by six prestigious culinary schools: First Gourmet Academy, LPU Culinary Institute, La Consolacion College Manila, Arellano University, Culinary Institute of CDO and Escuela Teknika. The theme of the cook-off was Australia-Filipino fusion, participants must prepare their best dishes that represent vibrant and exotic flavors from both Australian Cuisine and Filipino cuisine.

Ausphin Cook-Off Contestants

Mrs. Globe 2013 Sheryl Lynn Callister hosts the 1st Ausphin Cook-off

It was an amazing experience for both Ausphin and participating schools as the level of competitiveness reflected across the entire room. The audience was delighted by the exciting experience of being part of a live cook-off and was surprised by the level of competency of student chefs as they showed promising skills in the kitchen.

Contestants showing off their cooking skills in the kitchen while preparing their dishes

At the end of the hour-long, action-filled showdown, the students of Culinary Institute of CDO triumphed with their impressive dish, “Crocodile Ceviche ala Cagayan de Oro.” La Consolacion College was awarded first runner-up.

Students of Culinary Institute of CDO triumphed and gained the title as the first Ausphin Cook-off winners

The winning dish, Crocodile Ceviche ala Cagayan de Oro

First runners-up from La Consolacion College

It was a successful event for the Ausphin team as they achieved their three important goals for this cook-off:

  1. Showcase culinary skills of students from different culinary schools across the Philippines
  2. Introduce Aushin’s program to culinary students by sponsoring the winning team to a one-of- a-kind traineeship experience
  3. Build relationship with different culinary and hospitality schools in the Philippines

It was a great experience as different culinary schools participated in the event; even schools from provinces like Bulacan and Cagayan de Oro put an effort in joining Ausphin in this important milestone for the company.

Contestants of the Ausphin Cook-off with Rachelle Yilmaz, Director of Ausphin, Sheryl Lynn Callister, host and Chef Jake of Resorts World Manila

Ausphin is expanding its reach to different culinary and hospitality schools in the Philippines to inform them of the opportunities they have to travel and train abroad alongside Australia’s best chefs and hospitality professionals. Watch out for other exciting news and updates as the company tries to bridge the gap and provide more career advancement opportunities to qualified candidates around the globe!

This event would not be possible without our sponsors, Thomas Moersheim of Rossini and John Trann of Anytime Fitness. Again, thank you for the participants and congratulations to the winners.