USPB Food Safari Day 3

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The third day of the USPB Davao food safari was a cookoff between the food bloggers and media participants. Despite the very small show of hands when the organizers asked on the first day who could cook, there was a pretty amazing show of creativity in their dishes. The cookoff was held at the Waterfront Hotel’s beachfront pavilion, which was great news for us with the beautiful light there, but bad news for the cooks as a stiff breeze played merry hob with their gas stove flames.

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USPB Potato Safari 3 cook-off at the garden of the Waterfront Insular  Hotel, Davao.

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The challenge was to create a tasty dish with innovative use of potatoes, and each team was given a choice of potato products to use. There were some very interesting combinations going on there, like a tuna tataki on a bed of wasabi mashed potatoes, potato gnocchi in seafood, and my personal fave, the ‘Pinoy poutine.’  Waterfront Hotel chef Victor Barangan spent the morning with the participants, giving useful on-the-spot advice, at times even taking a direct hand in helping the teams as the clock ticked closer to to the deadline and the teams were still struggling with the wind and equipment problems.

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Waterfront Insular Hotel Executive Chef, Victor Barangan, was both food consultant and judge at the USPB Potato Safari 3, held in Davao City.

 

 

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Winning second place at the USPB Potato Safari 3 cook-off is this dish from Team Chocobear, TBC, tuna tataki on a bed of mashed potatoes with wasabi.

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Potato gnocchi in seafood – one of the entries at the USPB Potato Safari 3 cook-off at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City.

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Second-placer Team Chocobear, with Dolly Dy-Zuleta (Flavors of Life), Antonio delos Reyes (Malaya), and Michelle Ayuyao (Pepper.ph), with their dish, TBC.

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Team Sarah with their Pinoy Puting Poutine

Team Sarah, the winning group from Manila–composed of Beryl Kaye Hong (Beryllicious), Eugene Constantino (Hefty Foodie), and Nadine Macandog (Click the City), holding their winning dish, Pinoy Puting Poutine.

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