The day cheerfully started with the 8 members of the group hanging colorful hand-made buntings on the covered-court where the cooking show was to be held.
7 tables for each purok representatives- ready.
Big tables for the judges-ready.
We invited three guests to judge our contest: Mr. Ervin Bato, Ms. Rowena Garsula and Ms. Mari Cris Lagare.
Mothers love to cook. But we aim for quality healthy meals to be served in dinner tables all across New Barili. A reduced in quality meal are results of numerous factors including scarce resources, competing time demands, busy schedules, daily stressors, lack of cooking knowledge and confidence and an increased reliance on "usual" foods.
There are many factors that influence whether families will cook and eat healthy meals. One of the most important is knowledge. We want to show them that they can prepare quality healthy meals with the vegetables they have in their own backyards. The perceived cost of healthy food can be a barrier to a healthy diet.
The hosts laid out the main criteria: Pallatability, nutritive value, availability and accessibility of ingredients and presentation.
Contestants were given 2 hours to cut, cook and serve. It was a battlef straight out of a MasterChef show. Each purok had 3 cooks to represent them. Each team with their own character and finesse. But thy share one thing, all were driven to win. Cooks shouting, instructing and running! Let me tell you, it was a fine frenzy. All this In the smoky battlefield of firewood cooking!
Two hours past and their dishes did not disappoint. Plated with sass and jazz.
The judges hopped from table to table while the 8 vulture medical students followed behind to eat the post-judged meals. Every table needed to have go, grow and glow food prepared. And all did. Each table more surprising than the next, it was a feast! The most notable innovations seen were ginataang monggo, the use of gabi stalks to make fried balls and kilaw and fish curry. Yum yum in the tum.
Purok 4 claimed victory with their winning kilawing gabi! Innovative, delicious, nutritious and cheap! Cash prizes were handed out, sponsored by the local government unit. Mothers all around realized it can be easy to prepare quality healthy meals by just paying visit to their backyard garden. All they need is trust and pixie dust (I mean creativity). Everyone won that day. Especially the children and their future incredible meals!
-Princess Shelmerry Dawn Que
Adzu-SOM Level 4