Call time was set at 3:30am at the
UST-ITHM participants, logistics and support groups arrived at DLSU Dasmariñas before 5:00am together with Regina Carmeli of Malolos Bulacan.
Ingress and registration time was at 5:00am and to our astonishment, coming late had no bearing. The organizers necessitate a lot of improvement.
There were no ID badges printed for the participants. Only 2 badges were given to the coach later that day. The organizers informed us that this would do. What was ironic was that the furnishing of badges given to only the late participants. Student marshals were very passive and I had to remind them to cordon of the competition area since some of their compatriot school participants and coach were coaching their participants.
Certificates of participation ran out at 5:00pm
After learning the results at way past 9:00pm the UST participants all tired and hungry headed back to UST and arrived at past 10:00pm.
Recapping the whole event, DLSU never expected the turn out of the volume of the participating schools and last minute changes made were not
enough. Out of town competitions, such as these require early call times and imposition of sanctions for late comers is obligatory in fairness to the prompt participants.
My suggestions to improve future competitions:
§ All categories must start simultaneously at 6:00am sharp. By 12:00noon, the winners are declared and awarded their prizes and everyone is given a chance to rest and return to school so as to avoid oppressive attendance until 9:00pm.
§ The need for more competent student marshals and appropriate venue is indispensable.
§ Critically assess Judges Credentials is necessary not because they are close to the faculty of DLSU but to avoid controversies and biases. A comprehensive briefing of Judges before competition proper is crucial and deviation form the criteria completely discarded.
§ The scoring for the judges must be based on the International Computing System (ICS) based on international TESDA competitions where every criterion has a corresponding minimal and maximal point factor that leaves no room for judges to guess and the scores are not discrepantly in the extreme highs and lows.
§ Instantaneous briefings after the tally of scores implemented as needed.
§ The adherence to time management and o bjectively address concerns of participating schools is essential.
The Second Invitational Gourmet Challenge 2008 of DLSU has no acceptable excuse for the outcome and irregularities that occurred. The organizing committee should have learned from the previous competition held last year and anticipated the turn out of participants.
In spite of the scorching heat, thirst, hunger, lack of sleep and biased judging, the senior HRM students whipped their behinds and landed as the overall champion!
GOLD LIVE CAKE DECO
Maebelle Tadeo 4H4
Mel binuya 4H4
Ralph Aldover 4H4
BRONZE LIVE TABLE SETTING FOR TWO (Honeymoon Theme)
Myla Abeleda 4H5
Marvin Soriano 4H5
LIVE TABLE SETTING FOR TWO
Jorlie Cruz 4H4
Shirley Unidad 4H4
Ronal Dimailing 4H4
LIVE TABLE SETTING WITH CENTERPIECE
Karez Dinamarca 4H5
Kamila Fernandez 4H5
Maureen Flores 4H5
Ashley Cooper 4H4
Darice Narvaez 4H4
Christine Perez 4H4
LIVE MARKET BASKET
Monica Salalila 4H5
Kehnalin Balabbo 4H5
Alby Nadres 4H1
LIVE PLATED DESSERT
Lea Juego 4H5
Carmela Garcia 4H5
LIVE NAPKIN FOLDING
Ava Miasis 4H4
Jesse Yanzon 4H4
John Maddatu 4H4
CULINARY QUIZ BEE
Ana Canceran 4H4
Christine Manaloto 4H4
Photos courtesy of Myla Abeleda and Mark Tangco
Overall coach Buhay Cocinero