Oro Plato Masa Nationwide Culinary Competition

A Student’s golden ticket through the Gates of Culinary Opportunities

by  Manila Standard Digital

“To espouse a new culinary philosophy of progression that allows our student chefs to shine!” That is the aim of this CSR project initiated by Marissa Dames, the President & COO of DTC Promos Inc. which was launched on September 17, 2019 at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Manila, the official hotel for the competition.

Presented by SM Supermalls in cooperation with the Department of Education (DEP-ED), Department of Tourism (DOT) through its Tourism Promotions Board, Manila Bulletin, Metro Channel, Business Mirror, Unilever Food Solutions (UFS), LENOVO, and Masflex, the competition is open to all Filipino students who are at least 16 years old by September 1, 2019 and are currently enrolled in a cooking course/program of any school recognized by the Philippine government.

Ms. Dames, a winner of a prestigious Nationwide cook match and has been working in the food and marketing industry for the last 25 years, explains the clever event title saying that “Oro which is gold, stands for the highest standard of excellence aspired for by chefs.“;

Plato is the plate (or stage) by which the student contestants can showcase their passion, talent and skills in creating culinary masterpieces.” and,

Masa is the heart and soul of this project. Masa is a word that could both mean dough and the masses. We look at the students as the “dough” or assets that we can work with and support. Our goal is to allow each contestant to rise to his/her full potential through this competition and of course, we will try to reach as many students and schools as possible.”

DTC Promos has worked with over 200 culinary schools in the past 10 years that offer diplomas/certificates or special courses in culinary studies. Most of the time, those who get the limelight are students from top or well-known schools which are mostly located in the key cities.

Ms. Dames added that : ”This competition seeks to give more schools a chance to send participants who will benefit from this platform and allow the latter to jump start their careers with resources that can help build their own food business.” 

We want to show that our graduates are ready for the workplace. Many winners of the past competitions that we have organized for our clients have boosted their chances when applying for jobs because they have shown they can work under pressure.”

There will be two categories for this competition: the Ulam (savory) category and the Minatamis (dessert) category. 

The contest mechanics are simple. Qualified students must form a team of two members from the same school or program and fill out the entry form downloaded from the Oro, Plato, Masa Facebook page. Link: https://www.facebook.com/oroplatomasa. Entries and forms can also be downloaded from www.dtcpromos.com.ph

Recipes will be screened beforehand and must meet the requirements of the category entered. Recipes not meeting contest criteria will be disqualified. Entries must also be the original recipes of the entrant.

Deadline for submission of entries is on January 15, 2020. Eighteen (18) teams will be chosen and will be announced in the said Facebook page on January 30, 2020.

The finalists will also be informed through email or text messages.

SM Supermalls will host the Grand Finals on February 22, 2020 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

The Grand Winners will win Lenovo laptops, kitchen equipment and products from Unilever Food Solutions (UFS), Masflex, Oleo Fats and Sonlie.

This event is supported by the Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Metro Channel, Cook Magazine, Health & Fitness, Pilipino Mirror, DWIZ, 97.9 Home Radio and Philippines Graphic, UNOX, All About Baking and Kitchen Aid.

Product Sponsors are Oleo Fats, Knorr and Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise.