2019 Philippine Culinary Cup

Setting the PACE at the 10th Philippine Culinary Cup

PACE is truly grateful and humbled by the awards the school has received at the 10th Philippine Culinary Cup. For the first time in 10 years, a provincial-based school has won the Overall Champion title. PACE proudly hails from Rizal, founded and managed by Rizalenos.

The Philippine Culinary Cup, the only culinary competition in the Philippines sanctioned by the World Association of Chef Societies (WACS) has showcased the best of the best in the industry. On its 10th year of staging, PCC has attracted a variety of competing teams and individuals all across Asia. The panel of distinguished judges from different countries has raised the bar of standards for this year’s competition. Nothing was easy and every competitor had to earn their medal. In the last 10 years, only 4 schools have held the title of overall champion and now PACE belongs to the illustrious list of winners.

Success is no accident. It takes hard work, perseverance and humility to learn. And most of all, to love what you do spells the difference in achieving success. In the case of PACE, it took 5 years of learning while in competition, 62 Bronzes, 37 Silvers and 5 Gold podium finishes for PACE to achieve where it is right now. Through the mentorship of its Culinary Captains, Chef Lowell Cauilan, himself a gold medallist and Chef Menoy Gimenez, a culinary education pioneer together with the collaborative effort between the instructors, its students and supporters, they have brought PACE at the top of the competition.

Silver Medals in:

  • Dream Team – Chef Monicca Dechavez
  • Dream Team – Chef May Martinez
  • Dream Team – Chef Carla Bangay
  • Dream Team – Chef Peachy Mathay (Coach)
  • Filipino Cuisine – Miro Bataan
  • Filipino Cuisine – Chef April Aluning
  • Filipino Cuisine – Loida Commendador
  • U.S. Beef – Chef Monicca Dechavez
  • Pasta – Myrna Melchoir
  • Creative Breakfast – Rodel Santos

Bronze Medals in:

  • Filipino Cuisine – Charlane Gonzales
  • Filipino Cuisine – Fiona Flores
  • Filipino Cuisine – Chef Lowell Cauilan
  • Young Chefs – Coleen Wilton
  • Young Chefs – Rafael Navarro
  • U.S. Beef – Chef April Aluning
  • U.S. Beef – Therese Cua
  • U.S. Poultry – Manny Ordinario
  • Fantasy Plate – Chef Monicca Dechavez

The feat of being an overall champion in the non-professional category will serve as an inspiration for us to be better and take risks moving forward for the benefit of our students and alumni. Indeed, success is where opportunity and preparation meet. PACE had the opportunity to transform from good to great and our years of preparation enabled us to be on TOP.