Last October 24th, Cebu City Marriott Hotel held a culinary competition among its in-house chefs to showcase their outstanding skills in cooking and abilities to perform under pressure. I, together with some other bloggers and 50 other exclusive Club Marriott members, witnessed the said kitchen showdown, and boy, are we in for some treat!

Four Chefs, One Title

Cebu City Marriott Hotel chefs

There were four chosen culinarians who competed for the title of the Best Chef of the Year. Each of them has undergone rigorous training under the highest Marriott standards, so you could definitely expect a world-class masterpiece.

Cebu City Marriott Hotel Chef

Cebu City Marriott Hotel Cooking Competition

Cebu City Marriott Hotel Battle of the Chefs

Cebu City Marriott Hotel

With this cook-off, they were able to prove their culinary abilities as they try to woo the judges with an appetizer and a savory main dish. Every contestant was given 30 minutes to prepare, cook, and present the dishes with style.

Cocktail + Friends

Seeing the chefs in action was indeed a treat for us. Meanwhile, while they were all busy preparing and cooking their mouth-watering food masterpieces, we tried to distract ourselves with the hotel’s Cranberry and Lychee Jasmine Tea. I swear, this is one of their must-try healthy drinks!

Cebu City Marriott Hotel

There were also some desserts on the cocktail table, enough to entertain our mouths with their delicacies. The moist chocolate cake was a favorite, but I’d bet for the mini custard pie, too!

Appetizers + Main Dishes

At the end of the one-hour cooking session, people flocked to witness the plated dishes served to the judges. I wish we were able to taste their scrumptious creations though, but I heard every single one of it was divine!

After the entire cooking session was over, the judges were to choose the winner. I’ve got to say, I salute these chefs for doing a job so well even under time pressure! Cooking in more or less 30 minutes is no joke at all, but then again, they’re trained to comply with the highest quality upheld by this hotel.

Cebu City Marriott Hotel Best Chef of the Year

Cebu Marriott Hotel - Battle of the Chefs Winners

Their dishes were discerned according to numerous factors to finally declare a winner. It was based on its mise-en-place, cleanliness, preparation, taste, and the overall presentation made. The thorough deliberation resulted to the following verdicts:

John Ryan German, Best Chef of the Year and P5,000 worth of cash
Xyrene John Lou Duque, First Place and P2,000 worth of cash
Henry Hallarte, Second Place and International Dinner Buffet GCs
Ralphban Ricuplaza, Third Place and International Lunch Buffet  GCs

Club Marriott Membership

I’m happy that I was able to witness the Cebu Marriott Hotel’s Culinary Showdown with complete awe to the participants! Again, this event was made exclusive and in appreciation for the Club Marriott members, which is the leading dining loyalty program here in Asia Pacific.

Once you grab your own membership, there are many perks you could enjoy like year-round discounts, exclusive invites to hotel events, dining and lodging privileges in all Marriott hotels worldwide – Hong Kong, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Philippines!

So what was your favorite dish here? Something you’d like to recommend? 🙂

Cebu City Marriott Hotel
Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu City
6000, Philippines
(For inquiries)
Telephone No.: (032) 411-5800
(look for Ms. Malona Taneo)

  1. It must’ve been fun to witness a cooking competition going on~ I definitely wouldn’t mind being a judge of the dishes prepared by the chefs. The food you had on the side looks really delicious. Cooking some full dishes within 30 minutes is amazing. Most of the food I cook up takes up 45-60 minutes every time, so I’m definitely out of the competition X’D.

  2. it sounds fun to witness the battle of the chefs haha and the foods are looking tasty. Well, even if you couldn’t taste it, there were many foods at the table. Fancy looking place 😀

  3. That mini custard pie looks delicious. Boy, I wanna taste them all!! You captured each desserts/dishes very well. How I wish i can go to Cebu so I can go to that hotel. The hotel looks fancy and served it customers with so many perks!:>

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