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Solane hails first-ever Kitchen Hero winner

Who’s got what it takes to be the next culinary master of the Philippines?

The country finally has the answer after Solane, the leading LPG solutions brand, named the first-ever winner of the Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition, a nationwide cooking competition that aims to discover a new generation of local talented chefs. After a series of regional competitions, Solane gathered a total of 15 talented chefs from all over the Philippines who rustled up their best dishes at the competition’s grand finals held at Eton Centris in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

“Throughout the competition, we were awed by the exemplary dishes we have encountered, as well as the outstanding level of culinary expertise we have seen from our chefs,” says Isla LPG Corp. CEO Ruben Domingo. “We said in the beginning that we aim to recognize these chefs who can bring Filipino cuisine to the world stage, and I think we have successfully achieved that.”

Solane Kitchen Hero travelled across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and found the 15 finalists who represented their respective regions in the finals. The regional winners competed in the semi-finals where the top 5 qualifiers moved on to the grand finals for the final cook-off wherein one of them was hailed the champion of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition.

At the end of the competition, Chef Roseller Fiel II from Region IX bested the other contestants with his three-course meal which comprised of a salad of Kilawin na baboy with butter-poached lobster, grilled talong, and ampalaya and coconut vinaigrette; a main dish of Humba Bisaya with brown rice pilaf; and a dessert of Dodol with caramel tisa sauce and peanut-ginger brittle. The other chefs in the top 5 include chef McRhyan Rodrigo, chef Jan Daryl Doculan, chef Marlo Semblante, and chef June Rey Tunog.

The culinary creations was judged by renowned chef and Solane Kitchen Hero ambassador Chef Sau del Rosario, bestselling author and Solane Kitchen Hero competition director Nancy Reyes-Lumen, along with other accomplished food experts and chefs. It was based on the following criteria: 50% featured ingredients and 50% originality and creativity.

Fiel took home P100,000 and will embark on a culinary trip to Japan with customized stops at different food and drink destinations. This exciting cooking contest was made possible with the support of dynamic organizations and brands championing the same passion for cookery in the country. STI served as their official school partner while Midea was a co-presenter. Major sponsors were Masflex, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Dona Elena, and Dona Elena Al Dente. Minor sponsors were King Sue, Ajinomoto, Philtranco, Fastcat, Chef’s Garb, and National Bookstore.

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition, visit Solane’s website www.solane.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/solane.ph/.

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