Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) will be holding the 21st run of Kumbira, an annual culinary competition and show, from November 22 to 23 at the Limketkai Atrium. The even flaunts local talents and products through a number of culinary competitions, and showcases the different establishments and culinary schools across the region. Themed this year with “Eat Right”, Kumbira aims to promote healthy eating with the use of local ingredients. “We want to show the balance of eating the right food,” says COHARA President Nelia Lee.
Participation in the culinary competitions is listed according to five divisions; the two major ones being Professional and Student, while the remaining three are Kiddie, Junior and Open division. Each division may participate in either display or live competitions through team or individual exercises. “This is an opportunity for Cohara members to practice and upgrade their skills. Participating is always a learning experience, especially when our award-winning chef judges take time to give debriefings after each competition. They share valuable tips and know-how,” adds Lee.
For the professional division, practitioners in the food service industry can join in three competition categories: the Battle Royale, Gastronomica: The Compleat Chefs, and Sweet Revenge. Battle Royale showcases Klasika Kulinarya, where a team of 2 will prepare traditional and modern renditions of Beef Kaldereta. Gastronomica: The Compleat Chefs exhibits three subcompetitions, namely: The Modern Chef, where a team of 2 will prepare a three-course menu within one hour; The Happy Hour, where 4 different kinds of “tapas” or appetizers will be created; and The Main Course, where four plated main courses are set up for display. Meanwhile, Sweet Revenge features creative cake decoration, bread baking and chocolate cake competitions.
For the student division, participants can make their version of Humba de Oro; make a fruit and vegetable carving showpiece with Christmas Symbol as a theme, join in the Flairtending Tandem competition to create classical and signature drinks; display flambé techniques while dancing to popular music; table setting, and baking variants of Baby Cakes and bread.
Kids aged 7 to 12 years old can compete to decorate the best Mother’s Day special occasion cake, and make their own traditional Filipino spaghetti. Additionally, juniors aged 13 to 18 years old can vie for the best breakfast set and plated “binaki”.
For the open competition, individuals can join in Aeropress, Latte Art and Brewer’s Cup Challenge – all coffee-related competitions to harness barista skills. There is also the Kumbira’s brand competition like Del Monte Set Menu requiring participants to make several meal courses featuring Del Monte products.
Much awaits everyone during the annual Kumbira. This year even more so because Cohara is determined to live up to what the name “Kumbira” stands for, which means feast. Participating Cohara member establishments will be presenting an eat-all-you-can treat during the 2-day event. For a fixed price, you may enjoy each establishment’s specialty food offer.
Yes, Kumbira 2017 promises a feast for the hungry belly and also for the eyes.
Interested teams and individuals can register online through cohara.org. Deadline for registration of entries is on November 10, 2017.
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