Athletes And Guests Were Welcomed With A 24/7 Buffet By Renowned Chefs In Pampanga

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IMAGE Josephine Concepcion Mendoza

Concerned netizens took their concerns to social media after Let Dimzon, coach of the Philippine Women's National Football Team, said that athletes and guests from the 30th Southeast Asian Game were served kikiam, what looks like to be scrambled egg, and rice for breakfast at the WhiteWoods Hotel in Silang, Cavite. A letter from WhiteWoods Hotel that was addressed to William Ramirez, the Philippine chef de mission to the SEA Games, clarified that they didn't serve kikiam; the guests were served chicken sausages.

But it looks like everyone is pitching in to help make the SEA Games better: When athletes and guests arrived at the Athlete's Village located in New Clark City, a 24/7 bountiful buffet prepared by renowned Kapampangan chefs welcomed them. It was complete from appetizers, soups, main courses, and desserts-plus, all of the dishes were fully halal, in consideration of Muslim guests.

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According to a report by the Manila Bulletin, there were around 30 professional chefs that helped each other out. Leading the kitchen were Bong Sagmit of Pigs and Pints AC, Des Castro of Teaspoon Café, Chloe Cauguiran of 25 Seeds and Café Fleur, Froi Cruz of Grab Palazzo Royale and Cioccolo, Sau del Rosario of 25 Seeds and Café Fleur, Howard Dizon of H.D.D. Catering Services, Leonard Vincent Garcia of Rainforest Kitchen and Velvet Ganache, Poch Jorolan of Everybody's Café, Elsa Jocson of My Lola Nor's Meryendahan, Judy Joson of Café Noelle, Chris Locher of Amare by Chef Chris, and Josephine Mendoza of Tollhouse.

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In a series of photos posted by Chef Josephine Mendoza on Facebook, some of the dishes that were served are meatballs with mushroom sauce, tomato and olive pasta, chicken pastel, white sotanghon, blackened fish fillet, and upo misua soup. For dessert, they served fresh fruits, cheesecake bites, cake petit fours, and more.

The 30th SEA Games, hosted by the Philippines and headed by Alan Peter Cayetano, will formally open on Saturday, November 30 and will run until December 11, 2019.

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