Held on August 26 at the Magsaysay Institute For Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA), the Great Dole Cook-Off was a smashing success; truly a throw down of flavors of mouth-watering proportions.

There’s no question that food is an integral part of Filipino culture, as proven by the smorgasbord of cooking shows on TV and self-help books in mainstream media. Filipinos love to eat and cook, it’s simple as that. That being said, Dole held the Great Dole Cook-Off, an event that launched the brand’s line of delectable tomato sauces through an exciting cook-off among guests.

Chefs-at-heart and food lovers were welcomed by the charming Chef Jeremy Favia, who acted as guest judge and mentor in the culinary battle. Guests watched in awe as Chef Jeremy taught and prepared easy-to-cook succulent culinary delights with Dole’s line of tomato sauces with a cooking demo, no doubt arousing their appetites.

Poch Zenarosa, Dole Philippines Packaged Foods Division’s Product Manager, explains in her opening remarks, “Dole advocates healthy living through our products and activities. For this event, we like to highlight that being healthy should be part of our love for food, and this event highlights that it is easy to be healthy—Dole Tomato Sauce makes sure of that.”

After the cooking demo, it was cook-off time among the guests. The tomato sauce was the theme ingredient of the culinary clash, and foodies were able to try first-hand the world-class consistency of Dole’s line of tomato sauces. Enticing aromas filled the air as guests showed off their cooking skills and battled it out to make the most mouth-watering dishes in an exciting competition. There’s no question that Chef Jeremy had a hard time judging whose cuisine reigned supreme, but in the end, there was only one winner.

Guests no doubt had the time of their lives learning recipes and sampling delectable dishes during the event. The Great Dole Cook-Off was truly a night of gastronomic delight!

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