I was invited last August 2 to attend the food tasting event for The Next Big Food Entrepreneur held at Mercato Centrale. Sponsored by Solane and Entrepreneur Magazine, this event is already on its 2nd year on discovering food innovations - both old and new.
Over 60 participants joined and competed for 20 slots. I was fortunate enough to have met some of the finalists and was able to taste their unique food products too. :)
The 20 finalists will move on to the next part of the challenge, which is the food selling phase.
One of the 20 finalists is Nathaniel Uy's Corny Bibingka. I tried the cornbread bibingka with balsamic syrup and strawberries. I'm looking forward to more gourmet dips to partner with the cornbread bibingka.
I was also able to try the Dessert Shooters by Chef in Heels and Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts by Oh! Fudge.
|Dessert Shooter by Chef in Heels|
The "Chef in Heels" named Lady offered lots of dessert shooters that evening. I was a bit behaved and only got one. I should try all the other flavors soon! Randie Tan of Oh! Fudge promised that his fudge isn't too sweet, and he stayed true to his word. His products come in gorgeous-looking tin cans, which is great for giveaways too.
Other finalists are
Flavor Avenue (Bagnet Paella y Longganisa)
Bad Decisions Premium Burgers & Drinks Joint
Schmidt's Gourmet Hotdogs (as seen at Levante Eastwood)
Pastry-rific (Eye Candy Cupcakes)
Kombi Kombos (Deli burger sandwiches)
Grill A Pizza
Manila Ball-vard (Filipino street food with a twist)
Big Jack's (Rice Stuffed in a Sausage)
Great Partners Enterprise (Pinoy Turkey Malunggay Burger)
Tramezzino (Panini-style sandwiches)
Mini Me (Chix Fillet sandwiches)
Mom's Chia Palitao
Gida Bites (Doner Kebab).
Pancake Cookies by Munchster Yum / Yam Fries by Pou-Tatoe Fries
|Onigiri by Adorkarice|
Other food stalls worth mentioning are Pancake Cookies by Munchster Yum, Yam, Fries with Barbecue Sauce and Cheese by Pou-Tatoe Fries, Chili Con Carne Muffin by Canley's Cuisine, Onigiri by Adorkarice and Cheeseburger Dumplings by Krazy Dumplings.
Visit the food stalls of the 20 finalists at Mercato Centrale from August 17 to October 13, 2013. :)
Other photos are from Summit Media
Randie Ryan Tan
Chef in Heels