This year’s ICDC drew a particularly large crowd of spectators at The Block at SM North EDSA. Finalists from ten schools were given base cakes that they could stack in layers, gallons and gallons of ultra-premium whipped cream (supplied by co-sponsor Avoset Pour N’ Whip), and a seemingly endless array of edible hues, different shapes and colors of jelly, chocolates, decorative flowers and other ingredients for edible art works.
Now on its 10th successful year, the ICDC’s distinguished panel of judges awarded the newly-redesigned trophy to St. Anne College Lucena as the overall champion for 2016. The team was mentored by noted pastry chef James Antolin, whose confidence in the students never wavered.
The format of the competition is very similar to the hit television cooking shows “Iron Chef” and “Iron Chef America”, wherein the contestants share one stage and are assigned their own supply cabinets, and decorate their cakes within a specified time frame.
St. Anne College Lucena team during the contest
Given that 2016 marks a milestone for the ICDC, however, the country’s number bakeshop had something considerably more demanding in store for the talented participants. As such, Goldilocks enlisted the help of ten of the country’s top pastry chefs to guide a randomly chosen finalist in the lead up to competition day.
Chefs Jackie Ang Po (Calayan Educational Foundation), James Antolin (Saint Anne College of Lucena), Joan Dela Cruz (Pangasinan State University), Bryan Dimayuga (Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna), Tristan Encarnacion (Trinity University of Asia), Jackie Laudico (Western Institute of Technology Iloilo), Rizalino Manas (DMCI College Foundation Dipolog), Amador Mendoza (Lyceum Subic Bay), Pixie Sevilla (Far Eastern University), and Buddy Trinidad (Colegio de San Lorenzo) were tapped to provide high-level, hands-on mentorship to the participating students.
For the first time ever in the history of the ICDC, the finalists were required to decorate five (5) cakes in the span of five (5) hours: a 50th birthday cake, a 50th wedding anniversary cake, a “Year 2050” cake, a gold-themed cake, and a number-themed cake.
Staying true to the spirit of the competition, the students were only informed of these themes shortly before the timer began.
When the final timer went off, the judges took a great deal of time evaluating 50 amazing cakes decorated on-the-spot. It was clear that each school brought their A-games, and gave judges Penk Ching, Heny Sison, Millie Dizon, Carol San Pedro, and Cara Wu an extra tough time choosing the most exemplary works.
Winners Goldilocks Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge (ICDC)
- Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna took the top prize in the 50th birthday cake category
- St. Anne College of Lucena won the 50th wedding anniversary cake category
- Western Institute of Technology Iloilo was judged to have the best Year 2050 cake
- Pangasinan State University and St. Anne College Lucena won the gold-themed cake and number-themed cake categories
A team of five aspiring culinary professionals from St. Anne College Lucena a was named overall champion, due in large part to their balanced scores for all their creations.