The grand finals of the #TinapayNatin Pinoy Bread Baking competition held last October 14 at Treston International College in Taguig City, was a mix of anxiety and excitement for the three competing teams representing Benguet, Iloilo, and Cavite. The young bakers took their turns in the kitchen, vying for the chance to bring their Pinoy bread creations to a nationwide market through Max’s Corner Bakery stores, with part of its proceeds going to their chosen charity.
After intense preparation, baking, and waiting, Roy Tabocolde and Greegy Cabarrubias from Iloilo City were proclaimed the champions of the inaugural run of the bread baking contest.
The judges agreed that the boys’ bread entries, Cagayan Pastel and the Ensaymada Royale, showcased innovation in presenting local favorites as viable intercontinental offerings.
The duo had been working hard with their coaches on improving these two bread recipes in the weeks leading up to the finals. They also created a new bread, Sesame Streusel Roll, their take on the classic cinnamon roll.
“Ginawa po namin itong recipe na ito kasi gusto namin ma-innovate yung classic na cinnamon roll. Bagong lasa ang makukuha nila sa toasted sesame and caramelized sugar, ka-pareha ng butterscotch na nabibili sa amin,” they explained, referring to the famous Ilonggo delicacy.
Another criteria weighed in on teams’ unique story about their Pinoy breads and what motivated them to join the competition. On this, the senior culinary arts students of St. Therese MTC Colleges shared candidly that they wanted their parents to be proud of their talent as bakers as well as to represent their native Iloilo.
Juggling studies and baking was a huge challenge but they did not give up, especially upon learning of another prize that awaited them.
“Napaka ganda po ng prize na makukuha namin sa Tinapay Natin pero isa pa din po sa nagpa-inspire sa amin na ibigay ang best namin ay dahil sa makukuhang scholarship na ibibigay ng school namin. Malaking bagay po sa aming dalawa ito, mas lalo na sa magulang namin na kumakayod araw-araw para sa pag-aaral namin.”
With their proud achievement, the boys had these words to share with fellow aspiring bakers:
“Sa lahat ng gustong mag-bake, parati niyo lang tatandaan na maganda ang magiging produkto ‘pag galing sa puso. Dapat may pagmamahal ang lahat ng ginagawa.”