Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s “Kitchen Masters: Home Edition” finalists with the celebrity chef judges. Standing from left: Chefs Kel Zaguirre, Bruce Lim, Rob Pengson, and Sau Del Rosario, Eastwood Richmonde executive chef Victor Barangan, and chef Myke Tatung. Kneeling from left: Home cooks Dick See, Walt Aaron Lazarte, Karl Kenneth Watson, Ryan Christopher Cayabyab, and Ricel Decano Gabi.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is a proud homegrown brand that believes in the talent and creativity of Filipinos.

So, to kick off its anniversary month last November, it announced its first-ever cooking competition, “Kitchen Masters: Home Edition,” which aims to recognize outstanding home cooks and their original recipes or their family’s heirloom dishes.

According to executive chef Victor Barangan, the man behind “Kitchen Masters,” “We wanted to provide budding amateur chefs who are passionate about elevating Filipino home cooking with a platform to showcase their specialties and the rare opportunity to serve these to some of the country’s top chefs.”

Out of the 58 recipe entries submitted, chef Vic picked the top five based on taste, creativity, and the stories behind them. The five finalists, Ryan Christopher Cayabyab, Ricel Decano Gabi, Walt Aaron Lazarte, Dick See, and Karl Kenneth Watson, were then prepped by chef Vic for their live cook-off and presentation to the distinguished panel of judges. The final judging took place at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and the winners were announced during the hotel’s recent online anniversary celebration.

Helping the hotel in choosing the winners were renowned Filipino chefs and advocates of local cuisine Bruce Lim, Kel Zaguirre, Myke Tatung, Rob Pengson, and Sau del Rosario. After sampling the dishes of the finalists (Cayabyab’s Chicken Sinnog, Gabi’s Pork Tapang Taal Roulade, Lazarte’s Pork Higadillo, See’s Zharina’s Roast Chicken, and Watson’s Braised Pork Adobo with Fondant Potato and Pineapple Foam), they declared Lazarte as the third place winner, Cayabyab as second placer, and Watson as the “Kitchen Master” champion.

Watson’s creation will be featured at Eastwood Cafef+Bar this holiday season. Simply call (+632) 8570-7777 to know how you can taste this unique winning dish for yourself.

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