Two women were declared grand winners at the 2017 Global Taste of Korea Cooking Contest held by the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines in partnership with Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Culinary Institute.
Marianne Regine Monsanto and Betina Erika Lim bested 20 other chefs to emerge as the top winners in the competition.
In the Kimchi Battle category, Lim won the judges’ nod and R15,000 for her version of kimchi chicken quesadilla.
Monsanto bagged first place and R15,000 in the Freestyle Korean Cooking category with her dwaeji galbi jjim or Korean-style braised pork ribs.
The judges also named Monsanto Best Korean Cook this year. As reward, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) gave her a roundtrip ticket to South Korea.
Monsanto has been joining the Global Taste of Korea contest since 2014 and she won the grand prize on her fourth try.
“The dish that won me (the grand prize), I practiced (cooking) it for a month,” she said in a KCC video. She attended KCC’s Korean cooking classes in the past years to improve her skills.
Serving as judges this year were KCC Director Lee Jincheol, KCC cooking class instructor and author of “Easy Korean Food 114” Lily Min, KTO Director Park In-Shik, Lyceum of the Philippines Culinary Director Chef Christopher Bautista and Chef Kim Sung Bae.
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