After undergoing a tough and gruelling three-stage sandwich-making competition, Gardenia’s the “Next Big Sandwich Hit (NBSH)” event has finally come to an end with a literally delicious bang! All the ten teams battled tooth and nail to get the top prize and really made life difficult for the judges who had to choose the grand winner in this year’s competition.
“It was really difficult to be one of the judges in this year’s Next Big Sandwich Hit competition. Not only were all the sandwiches delicious but they were all works of art! From the preparation of the ingredients all the way to the plating, you can really see each teams’ creativity, passion, dedication, and drive to win. From start to finish, all the ten teams really gave it their all and I have to give my commendation to them. I know how hard they all worked and in my book they are all winners,” said Chef Jeremy Favia, one of the judges in the NBSH competition Championship Finale.
The last stage of this year’s NBSH competition, the Championship Finale, was intentionally coincided with the Happy Bread Day celebration held recently at the Mall of Asia Music Hall, which attracted not only the fans and followers of all the ten school teams but people of all ages who love seeing all the different types of sandwiches and the creative things that can actually be done to them. The top ten HRM and culinary universities who joined in this years’ competition include: (in alphabetical order) Adamson University, Far Eastern University, La Consolacion College, National University, Philippine Women’s University, St. Paul Quezon City, St. Scholastica’s College Manila, University of the East, University of the Philippines, and University of Sto. Tomas.
The two main components which comprised the NBSH Championship Finale are the Audience Votes and the Main Cooking Challenge. To get the Audience Votes, each team was given an hour to prepare and serve out to the audience 100 bite-sized sandwiches. During the Main Cooking Challenge, each team had to present their two thematic full-sized sandwich recipes to the judges and was given 40 minutes to prepare both. The 2 sandwich themes are – a Sexy Sandwich and a Philippines City Sandwich. A “Sexy Sandwich” is defined as a healthy yet delicious sandwich and it has to make use of any or a combination of the following Gardenia breads: Gardenia Classic White Bread; Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Bread; Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Raisin Loaf; Gardenia Wheat Cranberry Loaf; Gardenia Slim n Fit Wheaten Bread; and Gardenia Wheat Pandesal.
The “Philippines City Sandwich,” on the other hand, is a sandwich that best depicts a certain Philippine city that was assigned to each team via drawing of the lots held during the Elimination Round. The Classic Gardenia White Bread alone or White Bread combined with any of the following Gardenia breads (Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Bread, Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Raisin Loaf, Gardenia Wheat Cranberry Loaf, Gardenia Slim n Fit Wheaten Bread, and Gardenia Flavored Bread) must be used.
“We really designed the competition where the audience will be able to play a role on choosing and voting for the winners. This way, they can participate and really get to taste for themselves the entries of the schools. Of course, it didn’t make the jobs of the judges any easier but at least, it made the competition even more fun and competitive,” said Thea Tan, Marketing Manager of Gardenia.
The Grand Prize winner won a cash prize of P80,000.00, P30,000.00 worth of Gardenia Bread for Business, P50,000.00 worth of bread for the winning school plus kitchen appliances. The 1st Runner-Up got P40,000.00 and the 2nd Runner-Up received P20,000.00.
“In the end, more than just the prize money, the real winners of this competition are all the ten teams who participated and definitely learned the real value of hard work, teamwork, and resourcefulness. What they learned in this competition will never be learned in the four corners of their classroom and they can make use of this valuable experience when they finally graduate and start competing for their place in the world,” ended Tan.