Knorr Funlasang Pinoy Year 2 Final Leg- Mindanaoan Culinary Talent

"I have always believed that it is every Filipino chef and cook's calling to keep promoting our local cuisine by finding ways, techniques, and methods to elevate the diner's experience. Funlasang Pinoy gave me this opportunity, and helped me realize that there are no limitations in being creative in the kitchen, which I hope other chefs also experience," Knorr Funlasang Pinoy Year 1 winner Danilo Puga II said. I think that is what the whole experience is about. Let's know more about this year's Funlasang Pinoy.



Davao City, Philippines- Considered as the Philippines’ food basket and with one-third of its land area devoted to agriculture, Mindanao takes full pride in its rich natural resources and biodiversity. A wide array of ingredients are available in the region from seafood, herbs, spices, agricultural crops and local produce.


At the final leg of Knorr Funlasang Pinoy Twist Fest Year 2 in Mindanao, presented by Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) Philippines and Knorr, three chefs unleash their talent and creativity to showcase the region’s diverse flavors and unique culinary flair in innovating classic Filipino favorites- crispy pata, adobo, kare-kare, bulalo, and sisig.

"We at UFS recognize the immense talent of our local chefs and cooks from the different provinces in the country, which is why we are happy to have a bigger Funlasang Pinoy program this year. We want to have a platform where we continue to recognize the exemplary culinary talents nationwide, and at the same time, showcase the rich and lively dining scene that the different regions have to offer," shares James Benedict CarreonManaging Director of UFS Philippines.

Homegrown spices, ingredients, and crops such as ginger, lemongrass salt, onion, chili, bagoong (shrimp paste), peanut butter, and pomelo were used by the finalists in innovating Lechon Sisig Kilawin in Puff Pastry Shell, Pork Belly Adobo with Roasted Chilis & Onion, and Kare-kare in Boneless Lechon Roll.

The Knorr Funlasang Pinoy Year 2 Finalists from Mindanao:

Maria Victoria Mirasol

Benjie Gaviola

Manny Ablanque (at the back) and his partner

The judges for Funlasang Pinoy Year 2

"Food innovation is not about betraying our own tradition and heritage. A well-executed dish is one that can transform a familiar experience into one that can be distinct and unforgettable," shares Chef Fernando Aracama, the Immediate Past President of LTB Philippines Chefs Association, which supports the Funlasang Pinoy program. "I believe that chefs and cooks are all artists of an experience employing a wide-array of ingredients and techniques, and drawing from their personal inspirations, to create masterpieces," he adds.


Kare-kare in Boneless Lechon Roll by Chef Maria Victoria Mirasol

Lechon Sisig Kilawin in Puff Pastry Shell by Chef Benje Gaviola

Pork Belly Adobo with Roasted Chilis & Roasted Onion Adobo by Chef Manny Ablanque


 Chef Manny Ablanque's Pork Belly Adobo with Roasted Chilis & Roasted Onion Adobo won the Crowd's Favorite special award.

Funlasang Pinoy Year 2 Grand Winner- Chef Benje Gaviola!

Congratulations to the top 3 participants and to everyone who made the event a successful one.

To know more about Knorr Funlasang Pinoy year 2, visit www.ufs.com.ph.
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