St. Anne College Lucena won the 10th Goldilocks ICDC held recently at The Block in SM City North Edsa.
Mentored by noted pastry Chef James Antolin, this group of five aspiring culinary professionals nailed down all other 10 selected teams out of the 100 schools who joined.
10th Goldilocks ICDC
Now on its 10th successful year, the annual Goldilocks Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge (ICDC) was composed of distinguished panel of judges who admitted that they had difficulty in choosing the 10 teams to join the live cake decorating challenge:
“We had a very difficult time selecting the finalists this year, because of the vast number of amazing entries we received,” explained Goldilocks Marketing Director Cherry Caluya.
The format of the competition replicates the hit television cooking shows “Iron Chef” and “Iron Chef America”, wherein the contestants shared one stage, were assigned their own supply cabinets, and decorated their cakes within a specified time frame.
Given that 2016 marks a milestone for the ICDC, however, the country’s number bakeshop had something considerably more demanding in store for the talented participants. As such, Goldilocks enlisted the help of ten of the country’s top pastry chefs to guide a randomly chosen finalist in the lead up to competition day.
Chefs Jackie Ang Po (Calayan Educational Foundation), James Antolin (Saint Anne College of Lucena), Joan Dela Cruz (Pangasinan State University), Bryan Dimayuga (Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna), Tristan Encarnacion (Trinity University of Asia), Jackie Laudico (Western Institute of Technology Iloilo), Rizalino Manas (DMCI College Foundation Dipolog), Amador Mendoza (Lyceum Subic Bay), Pixie Sevilla (Far Eastern University), and Buddy Trinidad (Colegio de San Lorenzo) were tapped to provide high-level, hands-on mentorship to the participating students.
For the first time ever in the history of the ICDC, the finalists were required to decorate five (5) cakes in the span of five (5) hours: a 50th birthday cake, a 50th wedding anniversary cake, a “Year 2050” cake, a gold-themed cake, and a number-themed cake. Staying true to the spirit of the competition, the students were only informed of these themes shortly before the timer began.
When the final timer went off, the judges took a great deal of time evaluating 50 amazing cakes decorated on-the-spot. It was clear that each school brought their A-games, and gave judges Penk Ching, Heny Sison, Millie Dizon, Carol San Pedro, and Cara Wu an extra tough time choosing the most exemplary works.
In the end, Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna took the top prize in the 50th birthday cake category, while St. Anne College of Lucena won the 50th wedding anniversary cake category. Western Institute of Technology Iloilo was judged to have the best Year 2050 cake, and Pangasinan State University and St. Anne College Lucena won the gold-themed cake and number-themed cake categories, respectively. As mentioned, St. Anne College Lucena was named overall champion, due in large part to their balanced scores for all their creations