Even if malls in the country are dotted with modern bakeries that sell a smorgasbord of foreign breads, local panaderia favorites like warm pandesal and fluffy ensaymada still hold a special place in Filipinos hearts. The truth remains that our neighborhood panaderias, with all the culinary traditions and cultural influences they mold into their breads, are irreplaceable – and that in itself is something worth celebrating.
This love for local food is precisely what inspired Pilmico to team up with Max’s Corner Bakery and call on the youth to join the Tinapay Natin Pinoy Baking Competition.
The competition, which aims to inspire the youth to take part in honoring and revitalizing our colorful bread culture, comes to its colourful culmination at the Grand Final held at Treston International College at Bonifacio Global City.
Last October 13, the three teams from top culinary schools in Luzon, including Benguet, Rizal, Zambales, and Baguio, that won their respective elimination round come together and showcased their bread baking skills, and share the stories behind their flavorful traditional and modern breads. Perhaps most exciting of all, the teams also presented their all-new third bread creation that could very well be their ticket to being hailed as first winners of the Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition
Youth as ambassador of food culture
Taking cues from the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin movement it spreadheaded last year, 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 when we introduced the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin movement last year. We wanted to give them better opportunities by bringing the livelihood to them,”said Norie Bermudez, Vice President for Sales of Pilmico. “This time, we are very working with Max’s Corner Bakery for the Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking 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 culture in every bite.”
Let the merging of Flavors and stories begin
According to Pilmico Brand and Quality Manager Pamela Lynne Liwag, exciting prizes await the winning team whose entries will be evaluated based on correct professional preparation, presentation of bread story and general impression, technique and practicality, and taste. The winning team will the title of creator of the very first Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition. Their exclusive prizes include a cash prize, the chance to choose a beneficiary school from their home region, and the exclusive opportunity to work with Max’s Corner Bakery as their winning bread creation gets distributed at MCB outlets nationwide.
“Our vision for this competition is to inspire young people, bakers, and producers to appreciate local recipes, as well as bring more love for food, “she added, “Aside from being wowed by their baking skills, we would like to hear the bread stories of our students. The most compelling story the reflects our heritage will receive a cash prize plus the opportunity to work with Max’s Corner Bakery, where their winning breads will be sold for everyone in the country to try.”
The schools who participated in Grand Finals are:
- St. Theresa MTC Colleges, La Fiesta
- Sisters of Mary School – Adlas Inc.
- Benguet State University
The first winner of Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition Roy Tabocolde and Greegy Cabarrubias of St. Therese MTC College, La Fiesta. Their award winning Cagayan Pastel and Ensaymada Royale will soon be available at Max’s Corner Bakery.
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