Now on its 6th year, the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) 2015 will be held this Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Hall 2 of the SMX Convention Hall from 6am to 6:00 pm. It is the biggest, intercollegiate, multi-category culinary competition that focuses on the delicious potential of umami, the 5th basic taste. HRM and Nutrition students coming from 54 schools all over the country will come together to witness the cooking showdown of the best culinary teams from Luzon and Mindanao.
Aside from the interschool competition, Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) 2015 will also feature three other categories: Best Filipino Umami Dish, My Own Umami Creation and My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate. The competing teams will be judged based on intensity of their dish’s umami taste, culinary technique and creativity, dish preparation and plate presentation. One of the major criteria is the Eat Well, Live Well.® Cooking, which refers to culinary nutrition or the integration of culinary skills and nutrition knowledge to create a delicious and nourishing umami dish.
Winners will receive the following cash prizes: first place – P10,000; second place – P8,000; third place -P5,000. National Showdown winners will receive PhP 15,000. Major prizes also include gifts from UCC 2015 sponsors: La Germania, Solane, Fujidenzo and Masflex.
Ajinomoto® Philippines, an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., espouses culinary nutrition with its slogan Ajinomoto® Eat Well, Live Well. In UCC 2015, leading technical experts in food, nutrition and medicine will provide valuable insights to student competitors to solidify their background in culinary nutrition and educate them about umami and its role in health and nutrition. Umami, the scientifically recognized and proven 5th basic taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, was first identified and isolated by Dr. Kikunae Ikeda of Tokyo Imperial University in 1908.
The following are the participating schools for UCC 2015:
ACADEMY OF ASIA SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY AND ARTS; ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MARITIME AND STUDIES; BENEDICTO COLLEGE; BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY
CALAYAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION; CENTRAL LUZON OF COLLEGE AND TECHNOLOGY; CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MALOLOS; COLEGIO DE SAN JUAN DE LETRAN- LAGUNA; COLEGIO DE SAN LORENZO; COLLEGE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION; DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY- DASMARIÑAS; DE LOS SANTOS STI- COLLEGE; DOMINICAN COLLEGE (SAN JUAN); DR. CARLOS S. LANTING COLLEGE; EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE (MANILA); FACILITIES MANAGEMENT COLLEGE; FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY; FIRST ASIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITIES (FAITH); GREEN VALLEY COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
HERCOR COLLEGE; HOLY CROSS OF DAVAO COLLEGE; JOSE RIZAL UNIVERSITY; LA CONSOLACION COLLEGES- TANAUAN; LA CONSOLACION COLLEGES- NOVALICHES; LAGUNA COLLEGE; LYCEUM OF SUBIC BAY; LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY (CAVITE); MALAYAN COLLEGE LAGUNA;MANILA TYTANA COLLEGE; MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY; MARIANO QUINTO ALLARILLA POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE;MARINERS’ POLYTECHNIC COLLEGES FOUNDATION; METROPOLITAN MEDICAL CENTER-COLLEGE OF ARTS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY; MIRIAM COLLEGE; OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOR COLLEGE (OLOPSC); PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MARIKINA; PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY; PARTIDO STATE UNIVERSITY; PERPETUAL HELP COLLEGE MANILA; PHILIPPINE CULTURAL COLLEGE; PHINMA ARAULLO UNIVERSITY; POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES (SAN JUAN); ROGATIONIST COLLEGE; SAINT FRANCIS OF ASISSI COLLEGE; SAN PEDRO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; SOUTHEAST ASIAN COLLEGE; ST. DOMINC COLLEGE OF ASIA; TARLAC STATE UNIVERSITY; TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES; UNIVERSITY OF PERPETUAL HELP SYSTEM ; DALTA-MOLINO; UNIVERSITY OF RIZAL SYSTEM (ANTIPOLO); UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS; UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST (MANILA); WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PHILIPPINES