ECO-COU­TURE, COOK­ING CHAL­LENGE MARK HO­TEL FLEURIS' 19TH AN­NIVER­SARY

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Ho­tel Fleuris marked its 19th An­niver­sary with an eco-fash­ion show and hospi­tal­ity skills com­pe­ti­tion on Septem­ber 15. The twin events are the ho­tel’s way of thank­ing their clients who have been sup­port­ing them for 19 years since join­ing Palawan’s tourism in­dus­try. Sarah Mon­zon Po, Ho­tel Fleuris’ di­rec­tor for op­er­a­tions, said the hospi­tal­ity skills com­pe­ti­tion was a cook­ing chal­lenge where par­tic­i­pants were given a “mys­tery bas­ket” that con­tained the dish they must recre­ate and di­ver­sify by com­bin­ing el­e­ments of var- ious culi­nary mas­ter­ies. She said the idea in­volves ex­pand­ing their culi­nary reper­toire to come up with a dish which is truly unique and dis­tinct from those of­fered by their peers and com­peti­tors. When “adobo” was re­vealed as the mys­tery dish, the four pairs of

con­tes­tants were given 45 min­utes to cook and 15 min­utes to do the plat­ing, which in­volves dec­o­rat­ing their dishes to en­hance their aes­thet­i­cal ap­peal. Judg­ing was based on the con­tenders’ food prepa­ra­tion, abil­ity to work un­der pres­sure, food taste, and plat­ing ar­range­ment. The judges in the cook­ing chal­lenge were Kalui owner Luzerino Oliva; Anthea Estares, a mem­ber of the Palawan State Univer­sity fac­ulty; and Kim­berly Chuach­ingco of Palawan News. Levy Cal­imu­tan and Jo­sue Señel of Seaslug Restau­rant from El Nido town topped the cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion for their spe­cial adobo dish that fo­cused on the in­spi­ra­tion of “home.” Cal­imu­tan said they recre­ated the adobo in their own way and aimed at of­fer­ing it at their restau­rants while din­ers think they are not re­ally far from their homes. Cal­imu­tan, who only started work­ing at Seaslugs for barely a month, feels proud to rep­re­sent their restau­rant in the com­pe­ti­tion. “I will use this op­por­tu­nity as an in­spi­ra­tion to do well in the world of gas­tron­omy,” he said, be­liev­ing that although “cook­ing meals is a reg­i­mented process that in­volves pre­cise mea­sure­ments and pre­set al­lot­ments of time, it is very much done from the heart.” The Eco-Fash­ion Show was held si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Po said the con­cept of the eco-cou­ture show is to make some­thing so­phis­ti­cated and fash­ion­able out of re­cy­clable waste ma­te­ri­als and to set the idea that peo­ple can ap­pre­ci­ate fash­ion out of scratch. What cap­ti­vated ev­ery­one’s eyes was the Fes­ti­val Queen­themed cos­tume worn by 11year old Princess Chloe Na­gar, who was de­clared the win­ner. A stu­dent of Palawan Na­tional School (PNS), she en­joys the art of mod­el­ing and pro­ject­ing dif­fer­ent per­sonas based on the out­fit she wears. The win­ning cos­tume was de­signed by Roschelle Cat­ba­gan of Palawan Cos­tumes Rental (PCR) by Merry Posh. Po said Ho­tel Fleuris ap­pre­ci­ates the op­por­tu­nity as an ac­tive mem­ber of Palawan’s tourism in­dus­try that con­trib­utes to the growth of the lo­cal econ­omy. She said Ho­tel Fleuris will con­tinue to pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and share bright ideas to bet­ter tourism ser­vices in Puerto Princesa City and Palawan prov­ince. (with a re­port from Kim­berly Chuach­ingco)

(Photo cour­tesy of Mi­rage Photo Stu­dio)

HO­TEL FLEURIS 19TH AN­NIVER­SARY: Ho­tel Fleuris’s Sarah Mon­zon Po (sec­ond from left) with Kalui owner Luzerino Oliva (sec­ond from right) dur­ing the award­ing of Levy Cal­imu­tan of Seaslugs Restau­rant who won the Hospi­tal­ity Skills Com­pe­ti­tion

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