Here’s an must-not-missed event especially for those who love cooking and discovering new recipes in very creative ways.

The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) will once again open its doors to hundreds of young talents and provide them with a venue to learn from the best in the culinary and food service industry. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Hall 2, SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Year after year, the contest successfully grows in size and coverage, gathering the Philippines’ most creative and innovative foodies, culinarians, professional and aspiring chefs.

According to Chef Russell Bautista, UCC Competition Head and Resident Chef of AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION, “This one-day event is a golden opportunity for us to witness our future chefs showcase their skills and masterpieces. Ajinomoto hopes to contribute in discovering and maximizing their true potentials.” 51 schools with more than 400 student-competitors signed up for this year’s competition. UCC has expanded its reach in Luzon with participants coming from Ilocos, CALABARZON, NCR and CARAGA regions. Last year, UCC was also brought to Iloilo and Cebu to reach students in Visayas and Mindanao.

There are six (6) contest categories including a national cooking showdown. Hercor College from Capiz earned their chance to compete against the school who will win the Best Filipino Umami Dish-Luzon in the upcoming Manila leg of UCC. On the other hand, the school with the highest score from Luzon will be named the Umami Bowl Champion and bring home a kitchen classroom showcase. Distinguished judges include culinary and nutrition experts like Chef Sau del Rosario, Chef Eugene Raymundo, Chef Seiji Kamura, Chef James Antolin, Dr. Zenaida Narciso and Ms. Joan Sumpio to name a few.

Other event highlights include new and unique culinary competition categories, Eat Well, Live Well.® Cooking Class facilitated by well-known celebrity chefs and Umami and MSG Safety Presentation by Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus. This event is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION and sponsored by La Germania, Solane, and Masflex KitchenPro.

The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge Participating Schools:

1. Araullo University PHINMA

2. Calayan Educational Foundation Inc.

3. Cavite State University

4. Colegio de San Juan de Letran- Bataan

5. Colegio de San Juan de Letran- Calamba

6. Colegio de San Lorenzo

7. Colegio San Agustin- Binan

8. De La Salle Araneta University

9. De La Salle University – Dasmariñas

10. De Los Santos STI College

11. Divine Mercy College Foundation Inc.

12. Dominican College – San Juan City

13. Emilio Aguinaldo College- Manila

14. Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite

15. Facilities Management College

16. Far Eastern University Manila

17. La Consolacion College Manila

18. La Consolacion College of Tanauan

19. Laguna College

20. Laguna State Polytechnic College

21. Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas

22. Manila Tytana Colleges

23. Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation

24. Mariano Marcos State University

25. Mariano Quinto Alarilla Polytechnic College

26. National College of Business and Arts – Cubao

27. National College Of Business And Arts – Fairview

28. National College Of Business And Arts – Taytay, Rizal

29. Our Lady of Fatima University – Quezon City

30. Our Lady of Fatima Valenzuela

31. Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College

32. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina

33. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

34. Perpetual Help College Of Manila

35. Philippine Cultural College

36. Polytechnic University of the Philippines- San Juan

37. Rogationist College

38. Saint Michael’s College of Laguna

39. San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation Inc. (College)

40. Sienna College – Taytay Rizal

41. Southeast Asian College, Inc.

42. St. Paul University Quezon City

43. The University of Manila

44. University Of Batangas Lipa Campus

45. University of Perpetual Help System- Biñan Laguna

46. University of Perpetual Help System Dalta- Calamba

47. University of Perpetual Help System Dalta- Molino Campus

48. University of Rizal System Antipolo

49. University of Santo Tomas

50. University of the East- Manila

51. World Citi College Quezon City