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Newport World Resorts: Home of the country's best chefs

Published Aug 18, 2022 5:00 pm

Chefs of Newport World Resorts’ international hotels Hilton Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila, and Sheraton Manila Hotel bagged major awards at the Philippine Culinary Cup at the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2022 with a collective haul of 26 medals.

Hilton Manila’s culinary team is the Overall Champion at this year's Philippine Culinary Cup (Professional Division) with a total of 11 medals across various categories.

Hilton Manila’s junior sous chef Aldrin Somera for the Pastry Chocolate Showpiece category; and chef de partie (CDP) Sheanne Sto. Domingo for the French Touch Challenge-Savory category won gold medals.

CDP Rhea Santos was named category winner and silver medalist for her Plant-based Meal.

CDP John Michael Paguio and the commis chef tandem of Eriq Madriaga and Charles Quiamco won silver medals for the French Touch Challenge-Pastry and the K1 Filipino Cuisine Challenge categories, respectively.

The bronze medalists are commis chef Alain Reyes for Plant-based Meal, CDP John Michael Paguio for Plant-based Dessert, chief baker Garie Bautista for Bread Showpiece, commis chef Michael Velasquez for Fantasy Plated Dessert, CDP Jan Cyrile Baraquiel for U.S. Pork, and sous chef Ivy Flores for U.S. Beef.

Marriott Manila’s culinary team took home 13 medals. CDP chef Rey Llego won gold for the French Touch-Savoury category. Sous chef Erwin Marquez won three silvers in the US Beef, US Pork, and US Lamb categories.

Commis I chef Yvette Marumi also won silver in the Chocolate Showpiece category.

For the team categories, the dream team of CDP chefs Jimmy Manalo, Rey Llego, and Joal Garfin, and the Filipino Challenge tandem of commis I chef Rickson Alcantara and commis I chef Christopher Saquing won bronze medals.

Other winners are sous chef Erwin Marquez for Creative Breakfast: commis I chef Jantzen Tiangha for US Beef; commis I chef Richard Hubilla for US Pork and US Lamb; CDP chef Brainard Vito for Plant-based Savory; and commis I chef Deca Erastain for Plant-based dessert.

Sheraton Manila also pulled up with two bronze wins by CDP Lesther Vergara of Oori for the Modern Gourmet Chef Challenge; and CDP Paxton Ignacio of S Kitchen for the Plant-based Dessert category.

Sample the world’s finest cuisines prepared by the country’s top chefs at Newport World Resorts. Marriott Manila Hotel’s Cru Steakhouse and Man Ho are top choices for prime steaks and Cantonese cuisine.

At Hilton Manila, Hua Yuan Brasserie Chinoise serves authentic Shanghainese cuisine with a modern twist. The newly opened Hotel Okura Manila’s Yawaragi is already stirring up a buzz among gourmands with its robatayaki.

For unique and alternative cuisine, Sheraton Manila’s S Kitchen has a plant-based menu.

Newport World Resorts’ signature restaurants hold their own in the Metro’s food scene. Casa Buenas at the Newport Grand Wing highlights Filipino cuisine with a Spanish flare.

At Newport Garden Wing, Happy 8 is making waves with its tasteful, traditional, and classic Southeast Asian fare. For a fine mix of live entertainment, and unique night-out refreshments, The Grand Bar and Lounge at the Grand Wing, and Bar 360 at the Garden Wing are worth a visit.

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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Newport World Resorts.