Marriott chefs sweep culinary competition

Marriott Hotel Manila dream team winners
Marriott Hotel Manila dream team winners

Passion for perfection is the distinct mark of the chefs of Marriott Hotel Manila. From the hotel to the culinary arena, they have exceptional ideas, remarkable taste, and seamless performance.

At the recent Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC), dubbed as the annual competition “where the best meet to compete” and the only continental competition endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), Marriott Hotel Manila’s best performance continues to be on the upswing.

Its team of culinary and pastry chefs garnered the most number of awards compared to its hotel counterparts. After four grueling days of competition at the SMX Convention Center, PCC’s roster of WACS-accredited judges happily awarded the team of Marriott Hotel Manila with 4 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals!

Congratulations to the Kitchen Team of Marriott Hotel Manila!
Congratulations to the Kitchen Team of Marriott Hotel Manila!

Gold medalist winners

Those who brought home the gold were:

Dream Team Challenge

  • Rej Casanova
  • Jae Louise Cortiñas
  • Francisco Santiago
  • Sarah Mendoza

Sous Vide

  • Prince Patino
  • Rej Casanova

Chocolate Pastry Showpiece

  • Chef Joal Albert Garfin

Fantasy Dessert

  • Chef Francisco Oliveros

Silver medalist winners

Young Chefs Challenge

  • Oscar Gutay
  • Christopher Saquing

U.S. Poultry

  • Jimmy Manalo

U.S. Pork

  • Michael John Fauni

Bronze medalist winners

Filipino Cuisine Challenge

  • Brainard Vito
  • Jaime Lagunday
  • Erwin Marquez

Quick Fire Salad

  • Maxine Cornista

Wedding Cakes

  • David Socrates

Dress the Cake

  • Mary Joy Cueto


  • Joana Paula Tiglao
  • Marty Santiago

Spectators and fellow chef competitors from various establishments have always witnessed how Marriott Hotel Manila continues to prove its culinary mettle at the PCC. Noteworthy is not just its sheer number of winnings but the fact that it is able to beat its own past remarkable achievements. Indeed, why settle to be better when one can be the best?

Philippine Culinary Cup special set menu

And since only the best dishes are served to its guests, the chefs of Marriott Hotel Manila are sharing the glory of gold medals by offering these dishes at Cru Steakhouse this month of September.

Diners who prefer a la carte are off to a good start with the Slow Cooked Grouper (squid ink crepe, tomato pepper relish, compressed apples, and saffron kaffir aioli) for P990.

Sous vide US angus beef tenderloin
Sous vide US angus beef tenderloin

For the main course, order the Sous Vide U.S. Angus Beef Tenderloin (kaffir-corn puree, truffle potatoes, and port wine sauce) for P1,950; or choose  the Pan Roasted U.S. Angus Beef Flank Steak (smoked goat cheese, vegetable ragout, cauliflower truffle puree, wild mushroom stuffed rigatoni pasta, port wine ox tail jus) for P1,650; or opt for the Sous Vide Halibut Fillet (tomato pepper relish, corn shrimp crepes, squid ink kataifi crisp, and smoke-infused hollandaise sauce) for P1,850.

Cap these with a divine dessert of either Banana Crème Brulee (chocolate ganache, almond walnut crumble, and cream cheese icing) or Dark Chocolate Maracaibo Mousse (vanilla custard, orange gelee, hazelnut crunch, and salted nut crumble) for only P400.

For a delightful 3-course dining experience, the Philippine Culinary Cup Special Set Menu is also offered at P3,150 for the Sous Vide U.S. Angus Beef Tenderloin, P2,950 for the Pan Roasted U.S. Angus Beef Flank Steak, and P3,000 for the Sous Vide Halibut Fillet. Enjoy these exclusive gold medal dishes, meet the pleasant award-winning chefs, or revel in both.