Novotel Manila Araneta City celebrates culinary Heartistry

The Novotel Manila Araneta City culinary team led by executive chef Massimiliano Pauletto (center).

In this year’s Philippine Culinary Cup, the most distinguished culinary competition in the Philippines, chefs from Novotel Manila Araneta City demonstrated their culinary mastery at the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2022 held last August 3 to 6 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The Novotel Manila team of culinary geniuses headed by the hotel’s secret ingredient, executive chef Massimiliano Pauletto, showcased their distinctive flair in the kitchen and took home a total of nine medals. For the team categories, the Dream Team of sous chef Rhenner Alair, Demi CDP Jacobsen Bustamante, and CDP Catherine Basiyo earned silver medals.

Also bagging silver are Demi CDP Armani Labonete and chef Richard Caoile for Filipino Cuisine. Earning the bronze medals from different categories are Demi CDP John Paul Llamas for French Touch Seafood, Demi CDP Jacobsen Bustamante for U.S. Lamb, sous chef Rhenner Alair for U.S. Pork, and Demi CDP Ernest Goleta for Plant-Based Meal. CDP Shaina Mendoza and chef Imee Julia Rivera joined French Touch Dessert and U.S. Beef categories, respectively.