Pinoy pastry chefs win big in Hong Kong
(SPOT.ph) The Pastry Alliance of the Philippines took home a record-breaking five golds, two bronzes and a team silver at Hong Kong’s International Culinary Classic on May 11 to 14, reports Philippine Daily Inquirer. Delegates from 12 countries joined the competition.
Nikki Silverio Misa, who trained as a pastry chef at Park Avenue Desserts in Makati, said she felt immense pressure during the competition. "The first day, we won gold and bronze, the second day, gold again. On the third day, the morning of my competition, my two closest teammates won gold, too." Misa won gold for her "Passionfruit" in Earl Grey Mousse in the Chocolate Fragrant Tea category.
Misa, who used earl grey tea, mango and passion fruit, said that it was not the flavors in the dessert that made her win. "Rather, it’s the balance and blend with the chocolate." She made her dessert on the spot in under 75 minutes.
"Pastry-making requires patience and dedication, it’s not like hot cooking where if something goes wrong, you can fix it. Here, you have to start from scratch," said Misa in an interview with GMA News. Misa has been a pastry chef for only six months.
Other Filipino winners include: Rizalino Manas (bronze, Professional Pastry Showpiece), Benjie Lanas (gold, Professional Pastry Showpiece), Bryan Dimayugo (gold, Wedding Cake), Michael Aspiras (gold, Under 25 Plated Dessert), Clyden San Pedro (gold, Under 25 Plated Dessert), Gen Oliva (bronze, Fantasy Table); Roel Vargas, Bubbles Cruz-Lerias, Maricar Salvador and Anne Ramos (silver, Live Baking).