The Country’s Very First “Cusina Idol”

The Country’s Very First “Cusina Idol”

The country’s very first “Cusina Idol” champion ‘Justin Tee’ an HRM graduate in UP Diliman who won in final cooking competition and got the 1st prize a total of P500,000 worth of kitchen showcase from Melawares, Bestware, Urban Kitchen, Perfect Dining, Urban Kitchen and Sodastream and will also be featured in a magazine and in the country’s top newspapers.

This most exciting culinary competition was held at Galastars Culinary right next to The World Famous Culinary training Center because of their modern and high-end kitchen laboratory provides 100% Hands-on training located at 179 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City last Saturday of March 16 2013.

Seven finalist battle out using their various culinary skills and talents in the kitchen which can be a great asset in achieving their goals and charting their future careers in the culinary sector. It is also a chance for us and to the public to witness our customer’s brand of culinary talent.

Each finalist cooked and prepared one chicken and one seafood dish, the finalists are also use Melawares, Bestware, Perfect dining, Urban Kitchen, Rosseto and Loveramics products in the final plating of their dish.


Prior to selection, the finalists all went through a rigorous screening process after a single receipt purchase of P500,000.00 worth of a combination of said brands.

They then received and filled out a contest registration form and answered a few questions as to why they should be the next “Cusina Idol.”

The panel of judges consists of distinguished culinary masters and personalities in the industry, namely, Chef Ernest Reynoso Gala, Chef Sylvia Reynoso Gala, Chef Jill Sandique, Chef Danny Dela Cuesta, Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Superb Catch, Inc., (SeaKing), Jennifer Uy,Vice President-Advertising Sales of Business Mirror Group of Publications, Marvin Estigoy and Ms.Mirriam Quiambao tasting and judging of the contestant’s dishes.



The finalist Justine Tee who prepared the champion Chicken Tinola and Cucumber tinapa Roll’ bringing home the honor and prestige as the very first “Cusina Idol” champion and a true kitchen idol.

Sponsors of “Cusina Idol” organizer include Superb Catch, Inc., makers of the “Sea King” brand of seafood products, appliance brand Westinghouse, Uni-Fab Metal Industries, Inc. for the cook ranges, San Miguel Pure Foods Culinary Center and Magnolia, Business Mirror Group of Publications as media partner and GalaStars Culinary, which serves as official competition venue.

From a company that sourced its products through importation, CDC Manufacturing Corporation now carries 4 brands, namely, Melawares, the classic brand that carries high-quality melamine tableware products, Bestware, its affordable line of tableware products, Urban Kitchen, the company’s modern brand that carries food service products outside of melamine tableware, and Perfect Dining, the company’s exclusive brand for the SM chain that carries high-end melamine products, on top of being the leading manufacturer of customized dinnerware for Quick Service Restaurants serving the biggest names in the food industry. For more information about Melawares visit:

Congrats to all the winners! Keep cooking healthy and away from romeo y julieta cigars!

The Food and Travel Buff

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