The smell of freshly baked breads led me to the room where the final showdown of the Tinapay Natin Bread Making Competition was being held last October 13 at the Treston International College, BGC.
Excitement is in the air as the top three teams from the culinary schools in Luzon and Visayas came together to showcase their bread baking skills, and share their stories behind their flavorful traditional and modern breads. It was like a boulangerie inside the place. Even celebrity-Judge Chef Boy Logro joined in the excitement. He says that he is a little bit envious of the kids because they have a good start in their skills unlike him who started to learn it all from the scratch.
The Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition aims to inspire the youth to take part in honoring and revitalizing our colorful bread culture. Winners will get to win cash prizes, the chance to choose a beneficiary school from their home region, and the exclusive opportunity to work with Max’s Corner Bakery.
During the grand finals, the top three team from St. Therese MTC College, Sisters of Mary School, and Benguet State University presented an all-new third bread creation that could be very well be their ticket to be hailed as the first winners of the competition and the chance for their creation to get distributed at Max’s Corner Bakery outlets nationwide.
Already these finalists are seen as ambassadors of food culture. Taking cues from the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin movement, Pilmico envisioned a channel to engage bright and budding bakers into becoming ambassadors of our rich bread culture.
“We at Pilmico were guided by our vision to be partners of local producers in growth. We wanted to give them better opportunities by bringing the livelihood to them,” said Norie Bermudex, VP for Sales of Pilmico. “This time, we are very excited to be working with Max’s Corner Bakery for the Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Making Competition to celebrate the storyteller that is bread. Our hope is for these young bakers joining the competition to serve as our ambassadors of bread in every bite.”
Judges had the hard time of choosing between the three finalists and choosing between the three surprise bread. In the end the team of Roy Tabocolde and Greegy Cabarubias of St. Therese College MTC of Iloilo won the grand prize. Their surprise bread, Sesame Streusel Roll is simply just a fantastic creation, and wowed the judges. But their Cagayan Pastel and Ensaymada Royale is also the best I’ve tasted.
Congratulations to our future Pinoy Bakers and kudos to Pilmico and Max Corner Bakery for honoring our bread culture.