Marco Polo Plaza is Over­all Cham­pion for Cebu Goes Culi­nary 2018

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu reigned supreme in the re­cently con­cluded Cebu Goes Culi­nary 2018 held at SM Sea­side Cebu.

Bag­ging the Over­all Cham­pion award in the pro­fes­sional cat­e­gory, the ho­tel gar­nered medals and diplo­mas in 18 out of the 20 cat­e­gories that they par­tic­i­pated in.

The high­est award of Gold with Dis­tinc­tion was given to the ho­tel’s team who par­tic­i­pated in the cat­e­gory Ta­ble Set­ting. Restau­rant Su­per­vi­sor Loren Paul Es­calante said that his work was in­spired by how his grand­par­ents would do tra­di­tional din­ner dates. They are the only team in the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion (in­clud­ing all the other cat­e­gories) to have re­ceived the award Gold with Dis­tinc­tion which means all judges awarded them 100 points. “It feels amaz­ing since it is so dif­fi­cult to achieve a per­fect score in Ta­ble Set­ting. The judges are very tech­ni­cal and tra­di­tional in terms of ta­ble ap­point­ments,” said Loren Es­calante.

Other cat­e­gories that Marco Polo Plaza re­ceived awards are the fol­low­ing - For gold: En­tremetier, Happy Hour, Cock­tail Mix­ing, Pra­lines and Baby Choco­late Cake. For sil­ver: Mod­ern Chef, Soup Bowl, Cof­fee Concoction, Plated Desserts, Food Styling & Pho­tog­ra­phy, Cre­ative Cake Deco, Flair­tend­ing, and Klasika Ku­le­narya. For Bronze: Pantry Chef, and fi­nally for Di­ploma: Nap­kin Fold­ing, Wed­ding Cake and Chef Wars.

Marco Polo Plaza Gen­eral Man­ager Brian Con­nelly shared a heart-warm­ing mes­sage to the par­tic­i­pants im­me­di­ately af­ter the award­ing. Here’s an ex­cerpt: “Team, as you know I am not one for a loss of words. How­ever, tonight I am strug­gling to find su­perla­tives to de­scribe my in­tense pride, sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion and pro­fes­sional re­spect for all of our as­so­ciates who worked so hard to make this hap­pen. A team is made of self­less in­di­vid­u­als and lead­ers who to­gether cre­ate a sum that is greater than the parts. Please al­low me to ex­tend my gen­uine heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions to all of those in­di­vid­u­als who made to­day a ho­tel mem­ory that will never be for­got­ten. Af­ter al­most 30 years of be­ing a Gen­eral Man­ager, you have all made me the proud­est I have ever been to be in a ho­tel team. Sala­mat.”

Stay tuned as Marco Polo Plaza fea­tures some of the award win­ning drinks and dishes at the ho­tel soon.

For in­quiries and reser­va­tions, call (032) 2531111 o rem ailm pplaza@mar­copolo­ho­tels.com or fol­low them at face­book.com/mar­copolo­ce­buand inst agram.com/mar­copolo­cebu. You may also call (63 32) 253 1111 or email mp­plaza@mar­copolo­ho­tels.com.

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