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500 culinary scholars to benefit from 2nd Manila Food and Wine Festival


Florabel Co-Yatco is the reigning MFWF food truck champion. Photo courtesy of MFWF
Florabel Co-Yatco is the reigning MFWF food truck champion. Photo courtesy of MFWF


UPDATED 27-10-2014 – The Cravings Group (TCG) is batting to fund the scholarship of about 500 culinary students through the 2nd Manila Food and Wine Festival, which is set in the whole month of November.


Organized by TCG’s social arm, Culinary Education Foundation, and with the Department of Tourism as a partner, the event has three main activities: a one-month restaurant deals program, a food truck competition involving 12 culinary professionals and celebrities, and a gala night at Solaire Resort and Casino.


The organizers have partnered with restaurants to offer holders of the MFWF Discount Card exclusive deals between November 1 and 30. The participating restaurants are: Corazon, Crisostomo, Elias, Felix, Madison Bistro, Casa Roces, Epicurious, The Blackboard by Chef Michel, Lucia Ristorante, Nomana, Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Brasserie Girolle, Echo, The Wholesome Table, Todd English Food Hall, Black Pig, Green Pastures, Cyma, Mother’s Garden, and Rustique Kitchen.

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Meanwhile, the food truck competition on November 21 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Groups will involve celebrities and chefs. Unlike last year where contenders battled individually, this year’s event will be a competition of pairs. The teams are: Marvin Agustin and Peter Ayson, Xandra Pauco and Rosebud Benitez-Velasco, Nadine Tengco and Erin Banzon, Ian Padilla and Michel Cottabarren, Brett Halfpap and Erwan Heusaff, and Tristan Encarnacion and Nino Laus.


Sau del Rosario, Robby Goco, and Bruce Lim will determine the winning pair.


On November 24, Solaire Culinary Director Wolfgang Fischer will prepare a special four-course dinner with del Rosario for a charity gala night.

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The second edition was pushed through after the success of the first last year, which supported 250 scholars of Culinary Education Foundation.


An early version of this news didn’t include Ian Padilla and Michel Cottabarren in the list of contenders for the food truck competition. Our apologies.


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