La Consolacion College-Bacolod was again named overall champion over 15 other schools, from Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Dumaguete City and Cebu in the 3 rd Sabor Bisaya Culinary Competition and Food Expo.
LCC gained 945 points, followed by VMA Global College and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod with 572 and 531 points, respectively.
Other participants in this year's completion and exposition are West Negros University, University of St. La Salle, Negros Oriental State University, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod, Banilad Center for Professional Development-Cebu, Southland College, Western Institute of Technology-Iloilo, Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College-Ajuy Campus, Bacolod Academy for Culinary Arts, St. Paul University-Iloilo and Fellowship Baptist-Kabankalan.
The participants were judged based on a point system where 91-99 points is gold, 81-90 points is silver, and 71-80 is bronze.
Joelyn Mae Baladhay and Bea Berio, both of LCC-Bacolod, won in the local and international guiding competitions, while Christine Claire Arco, John Reynan Caspe and Stephen Morada of WIT-Iloilo bagged the prize for the on-the-spot table setting challenge.
WIT-Iloilo's Lourence Mark Aquilola and Reymond John Panes, BCPD-Cebu's Charina Lawat and Concepcion Villaflor, LCC-Bacolod's Pamela Joy Briones and Bronwyn John Geriane and USLS' Christian Gaspay and Gerald Brylle Flores tied as silver medalists for the supreme fried rice competition.
For the on-the-spot creative cake decoration challenge, Larry Baticos, Jeremy Paul Abiador and Richard Matthew Esteban of WIT-Iloilo won the gold while Gleson Aligan of NIPSC was the only winner for the dessert flambé competition.
Other winners were Ritz Lazarito and Manuel Cuadra (USLS), Christian Belera and Joseph Rey Descallar (CSAB) and Renel Tupaz and Angelo Torre -- silver medalists for the feast of Negrense Flavors challenge, and Cres Arvie Dela Torre (CSAB) – gold medalist Tourism Quizz Bee.
Yolley Ann Almaiz (VMA) –bronze medalist for female flairbartending challenge, Mark Adapon (WNU) – silver medalist for male flairbartending challenge, Rod Ruel Gonzaga, Michael Alvin Sullesta and Johanah Dee Chua – gold medalists for chef wars student division, and Kenneth Villarama and Jhofry Banquis (LCC-Bacolod) – bronze medalists for flair bartending challenge male tandem category were also adjudged as winners.
Aside from chef wars for students, this year's food exposition also had chef war challenges for culinary professionals which were won by Benedict John Co Uy, Jason De Oca and Roseller Montebon of Business Inn and Planta Hotel and Residences.
Roberto Magalona, president of the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Negros Occidental, said Saturday that culinary professionals and students in the Visayas should expect a bigger Sabor Bisaya Food Exposition in 2014 following the success of its third edition this year.*APN