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[Introducing Dole Tomato Sauce] The Great Dole Cook-Off

I was invited to the Dole Cook-Off Challenge held last Friday, August 26, 2011 at Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts located in 5th Level, Walter Mart Mall, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City thru Jeman of OrangeMagazineTV. So, thanks Jeman for this great opportunity and I am glad to meet you at last.

Dear sweetie, I know I am lucky enough to be present on such event and now I will share you what had happened on that event. So let us all have the event background. As we all know, Dole is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables and packaged foods. For years, Dole has committed itself to furthering health and nutrition as is evident in their wide array of quality products such as canned pineapple solids, canned mixed fruits, canned beverages, and packaged fruit snacks. Just a segway, every time my family craves for fruit salad, we always use Dole Mixed Fruits, because it really contains mixed fruits not just pineapples. In line with continuing their long heritage of healthy food products, Dole Philippines Packaged Foods Division launches their tomato sauce through The Great Dole Cook-Off!

The foods served to us have the new Dole Tomato Sauce as one of the ingredients and while eating Chef Jeremy do the cooking demonstration of one of the dish – the CHERRY TOMATO AND EGGPLANT RAGU PENNE. I will post the recipes at the end of this entry. By the way, Jeremiah de Belen Favia popularly known as “Chef Jeremy” is one of the rising young chefs in television today. A product of University of Santo Tomas (HRM Department), Jeremy finished culinary school at the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management. He became an assistant manager for FC CafĂ© and worked with Fractured Flowers in Australia. Armed with fresh talent and good looks, Jeremy became part of a hip, cooking show on Q-11 called Ka-Toque Lutong Barkada and Healthy Cravings with the beautiful Iza Calzado.
 After Chef Jeremy’s cooking demonstration, a cook-off between bloggers have started. The five bloggers will cook the same recipe [Cherry Tomato and Eggplant Ragu Penne] in 20 minutes, Chef Jeremy, himself and a Dole representative will be the judges, and winners will be awarded with gift packs and cash prizes courtesy of Dole Philippines Packaged Foods Division.

The below photos are the Bloggers who participated on the Dole Cook-off Challenge together with their finished product.

Ed Leceta | Jeman Villanueva | Ryan Joson-Vargas | Lariza Garcia 
And the winner… [*drum roll*]  Juan Manila Express!
The Dole Cook-off did not end there, because Chef Jeremy will have a cooking demonstration for the second time around - DORY BRAISED IN TOMATO SAUCE.
Let us, savor the world-class goodness of sun-ripened tomatoes in DOLE Tomato Sauce. Naturally rich in lycopene, our thick, flavorful sauce is generously blended with the finest herbs and spices to make your everyday dishes truly extraordinary. Available in 115g, 200g, 250g, and 1 kg pouches. 
Cooked tomatoes, such as, those found in DOLE Tomato Sauce has up to five times more of the antioxidant LYCOPENE than fresh tomatoes. DOLE Tomato Sauce is rich in VITAMIN A, VITAMIN C and is a good source of VITAMIN K. while LYCOPENE protects the cells of your body from harmful free radicals, VITAMINS A, C and K promotes good eyesight, builds resistance to infection and healthy blood functions.
With thick, rich and flavorful DOLE Tomato Sauce, you and your family can cook up and eat delicious meals while loading up on the essential vitamins for a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Some photos to highlight the event.

As I said earlier, here are the recipes by Chef Jeremy:
The Great Dole Cook - Off  - a night of fun and healthy cooking! CONGRATULATIONS to the winners! :D
Special thanks to Ruth dela Cruz of Ruthilicious for the photo of Ryan Joson-Vargas, thanks dear!



  1. Wow!Sayang naman di ako nakapunta dito. Im ot aware na meron pala nito.. sayang. Just followed you blog.

    Hope you follow mine too

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    A man walks into a dimly lit bar and the bartender asks him "Why is the front of your shirt all bloody"

    His customer answers in a slurred voice "My wife caught me with another woman and cut off my penis."

    "Oh come on" replies the bartender.

    The customer then says "If you don't believe me, I'll show you."

    He proceeds to rifle through his suitcase and pulls out this long thin thing and lays it on the bar.

    The bartender bends down and looks closely and says "Why this is just a cigar".

    The customer looks puzzled and says "I have it here somewhere" and proceeds to fumble through his other pockets and comes up with another long thin thing and placing it on the bar, and says " See that".

    The bartender again inspects it closely and says "You asshole that's just another cigar."

    Now the customer staggers backward and steadies himself , leaning on the bar and with awareness in his shaky voice says "Son of a bitch, I must have smoked it!"



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