By MARK FRANCISCO
CAGAYAN de Oro City–Northern Mindanao’s premier culinary competition Kumbira, which was scrapped for the first time in 20 years during the annual fiesta celebration last August, will push through with a two-day November slate.
Nollie Arguelles, secretary of the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (Cohara) which organizes the event, reported that they had garnered enough sponsorships for Kumbira 2017 to finally be realized on November 22 to 23 at the same venue it had called home the past two decades, Limketkai Atrium.
It can be recalled that Kumbira 2017 was abruptly ditched while the city government was in the midst of fiesta preparations, citing lack of sponsorships and pullout from delegations coming from Lanao del Norte and Iligan City which was busy at the time dealing with security and influx of evacuees due to the Marawi City siege nearby.
Now, Arguelles said the situation has stabilized and four colleges from Lanao del Norte and Iligan City will send in a total of 100 participants to join in the various culinary competitions both for professional and student categories.
At stake are championships for Klasika Kulinarya (Beef Kaldereta) The Modern Chef, Creative Cake Decoration (Christmas), Brad Baker, The Ukltimate Chocolate Cake, Super Mama sa Kusina, The Apprentice: Coach and Student, The Filipino Carver, Flairtending Tandem, Dessert Flambe, Table Setting, Baby Cakes, Make Your Own Filipino Spaghetti, Breakfast Set and more.
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