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Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Kitchen Masters: Home Edition finalists with the celebrity chef judges. Standing from left: Chef Kel Zaguirre, Chef Bruce Lim, Chef Rob Pengson, Chef 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 kicks off its anniversary month last November with the first ever cooking competition, Kitchen Masters: Home Edition. 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.”

The finalists preparing their original dishes at the Kitchen Masters cook-off held at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

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.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Kitchen Masters: Home Edition grand prize winner, Karl Kenneth Watson and his winning dish, braised pork adobo with fondant potato and pineapple foam

Helping the hotel in choosing the winners were renowned Filipino chefs and advocates of local cuisine Chefs Bruce Lim, Kel Zaguirre, Myke Tatung, Robb 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 Kitchen Master champion.

The competition’s panel of judges consisted of the country’s top chefs and advocates of Filipino cuisine. Clockwise from top, left: Chef Bruce Lim, Chef Sau Del Rosario, Chef Rob Pengson, Chef Kel Zaguirre, and Chef Myke Tatung.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s 2020 Kitchen Masters: Home Edition was sponsored by Luntian Farms, San Miguel Foods, Inc.-Great Foods Solutions, Sysu International, Elle & Vire, Hershey’s Chocolate, Leiro Chocolate, Masflex Cookware and Kitchenware, and Nationale Bladeworks.

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