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“Master Gulay Chef Showdown”, a prelude to Nutrition Month fete

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
March 11, 2012

TACLOBAN CITY  –  The National Nutrition Council in Eastern Visayas is once again coming up with an innovative contest in an attempt to improve the nutrition situation of families in the region.

Dubbed “Master Chef Showdown,” the contest aims to showcase low-cost, easy-to-prepare, and nutritious vegetable dishes. It will be conducted on April 17, 2012 in Tacloban City, Ms. Carina Santiago, NNC Regional Coordinator, disclosed.

Director Santiago intimated that the contest is a prelude to the Nutrition Month celebration in Eastern Visayas in July 2012 which will focus on vegetables, with the theme “Pagkain ng Gulay Ugaliin, Araw-Araw Ito ay Ihain.”

The winning recipes will be compiled into a recipe book to be printed for distribution to beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program managed by the DSWD.  The recipe book is NNC’s way of contributing to improved nutrition of poorest families. The recipe book will be given be given to local nutrition workers as an IEC material to teach families to improve their meals and food intake.

The contest is open to all individuals or groups who love to cook.  Contestants from anywhere in Region 8 are qualified to join.

Before the contest proper, contestants are required to submit recipes with vegetables as main ingredients. It should have no more than 5 ingredients, excluding seasonings and condiments that are inexpensive.  The recipe must contain the title, list of ingredients, procedure and cost.  Entry forms are available at the NNC Regional Office.

The criteria for Judging include palatability/taste - 25%; use of nutritious ingredients - 25%; originality - 20%; visual appeal - 15%; and ease of preparation - 15%.

Cash prizes at stake include: First Prize - P10,000; Second Prize - P8,000; Third Prize - P6,000; and three consolation prizes of P2,000 each.  All contestants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Winners will be acknowledged in the recipe book.

Interested individuals/groups should submit an accomplished entry form to the NNC Regional Office on or before 30 March 2012 through email or fax. Entry forms are available at NNC office or one may email NNC at to request for an e-copy of the entry form.  Only entries with no more than 5 ingredients and with accomplished entry forms will be allowed to join the contest.  The NNC-Regional Office will notify all qualified contestants.

For more details, interested parties may contact Ivy Marie M. Itom at cell numbers 09482333739 or 09261529011 or at Telephone Numbers (053) 323-3646 or Fax No. (053) 524-9421. She may also be reached through email address: (Subject: Recipe Entry for Master Gulay Chef Showdown). 

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