Press Release

The Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge Winners


Honestly, I am not the perfect woman of the house. As a mom and wife, I consider myself as an on-the-job trainee when it comes to cooking but thanks to Ajinomoto and all their wondrous products, all I can say is that I am a budding chef in my own home (next to my husband that is, LOL)!!!

Anyway, since I am a member of PR Moms Network, I was informed about the leading culinary competition for aspiring Filipino chefs named as “the Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge (3rd UCC): Battle for the Umami Bowl” last January 20, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center. It was one of the sought after events when it comes to culinary competitions especially between schools. Sadly, I was not able to attend due to geographical issues; I am from Cagayan de Oro City. If I were in Manila, I would have loved to attend the event especially I love to watch exceptional skills in cooking!

Anyway, the event was well-attended and those who displayed their extraordinary cooking skills were awarded accordingly.

Here are the winners of the Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge (3rd UCC): Battle for the Umami Bowl:

Challenge: Umami Bowl Award and Dr. Ikeda Award for Umami Feature Writing Contest
Winner: Miriam College

Umami Bowl Winner Miriam College with presenters (from left to right) Ajinomoto Director Mr. Takashi Sakurai, Ajinomoto President Mr. Taro Fujie, 3rd UCC Head Chef Russell Bautista, 3rd UCC Competition Director Ms. Nancy Reyes-Lumen, Judge and Cooking Demonstrator Chef Rosebud Benitez.

Challenge: Umami Master Title
Winner: Mr. John Paul Ventura of Jose Rizal University

Challenge: Umami Bento and Mystery Umami Ingredient Categories
Winner: Lyceum of the Philippines Manila

Challenge: First Place in Amazing AJI-GINISA Race and the Umami Buzz Jeopardy Challenge
Winner: Centro Escolar University

Challenge: First Place in Prep, Shake and TakTakTak competition
Winner: Trinity University of Asia

Challenge: Plate-My-Dish competition and Appetite Magazine’s Capture Umami Challenge (Food Photography Contest)
Winner: De La Salle Araneta University

Challenge: “Media’s Choice for Best Plated Umami Bento”
Winner: College of the Holy Spirit

Top three (3) culinary schools in 5-Ingredient-Umami-Healthy Dish competition:
1. Global City Innovative College
2. American Hospitality Academy
3. MOST Institute Culinary School

Cash prizes, medals and various cooking implements from Ajinomoto and other valued event sponsors namely Elba, Whirlpool/Fujidenso, PR Gaz, Meat and Livestock Australia, Masflex and Appetite Magazine where given to the winners of the Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge. To grace the event were media partners from GMA 7, Philippine Daily Inquirer and PR Moms Network.

Lifestyle Mommy Blogger and Virtual Assistant from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Aside from doing product reviews and events coverage, she blogs about solo parenting, homeschooling, and things in between.


  • Donna Jane Marcuap

    Wow, you’re husband is a cook at your house? amazing,still I believe that mothers cook the best, so I bet you are good too 🙂
    I love baking but am not really good at cooking 🙂 Still I’m fond of watching cooking contests like the Junior Master Chef on T.V(really amaze with their talents in cooking) 🙂 The 3rd Ajinomoto Umami Culinary challenge is a great event I wanna watch too 😀

  • Ane

    My husband is also a better cook than I am.. 😛 But I do the cooking in the house and he brings home the bacon, so to speak.. hehe 😛

    I love cooking but I am a better baker. 😀 Although not as awesome as I’d like.. 😛

    I used to avoid ajinomoto because of the said bad effects of MSG, but after attending the PMC 2nd Grand EB and getting some free items from Ajinomoto, I tried it once again and my gosh, it totally makes a difference. The food tastes a lot better! So now, all of us are gaining weight because apparently, my cooking taste better.. 😛

    So awesome the PR Moms Network was there to cover the event! 🙂

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