PH embassy chef dominates 2018 Chef Challenge by serving ‘sisig’
Chef Abie Sincioco-Mateo, the chef of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., won the first place in the 2018 Chef Challenge held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade in the United States capital.
Her winning dish? It’s none other than “sisig”, a traditional Filipino dish of grilled or broiled chopped meat, seasoned with calamansi (the Filipino lime) and hot chili, paired with a special “beer cocktail” of combined Pale Pilsen with Cerveza Negra.
The Philippine Embassy said in a statement, which was reported in Manila Bulletin, that Chef Abie’s sisig, “won the hearts of the judges and guests.”
“Tonight’s outcome shows that Philippine cuisine is certainly being recognized in the American mainstream, and the ECC provided us a good platform to further showcase our unique cuisine that testifies to our country’s beautiful and diverse cultural heritage. Chef Abie’s double win is a great way to celebrate National Heritage Month,” said Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez.
To be exact, Chef Abie dominated both the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice categories in the annual competition, which was participated in by 27 other countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Caribbean and Europe.
Chef Abie described the secret ingredient that made all the difference in her winning dish as “full of love.”
Aside from Chef Abie, the other winners include the representatives of Embassy of Ghana, which placed second in both the Judges’ and People’s Choice categories; Embassy of the Republic of Haiti, which won third place in the Judges’ Choice; and the Embassy of Colombia who won third place in the People’s Choice category.
This is the third time that the Philippine Embassy joined the Chef Challenge, an event that can only happen in the U.S. capital, which is home to 177 embassies.
Organizers said the challenge provides a setting for culinary diplomacy, cultural diversity and inclusion.