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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Unique Pinoy Specialties Highlighted in Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition

Solane, the leading LPG solutions brand launches its grandest culinary competition dubbed as Solane Kitchen Hero Chef's Edition. It is the first-ever cooking competition that aims to discover the next big name in the culinary world. This a nationwide search across 16 regional stops to recognize a new generation of talented chefs. 

According to the Isla LPG Corporation, CEO Ruben Domingo, "We believe that the Philippines has some of the best and most talented chefs in the world. Through the Solane Kitchen Hero competition, we aim to recognize these chefs who are vital in bringing Filipino cuisine to the world stage." 

Last July 12, 2019, we were privileged to witness the competition live for the Western Visayas leg where Chef Gil George Jucaban of Iloilo was hailed as the Regional Champion.

Chef Gil George Jucaban in action. 
His signature dish, Adobo Flakes with Mango Salsa looked really delicious. He used pork tenderloin instead of the usual cut with pork cuts with fats. He also added poached egg to complete this all-time Filipino favorite. 

The competition is open to Filipino professional chefs with at least three (3) years of kitchen experience gained locally or abroad. They must be currently employed as a professional chef in a hotel, restaurant or any foodservice establishment. 

The competition will be composed of two (2) rounds. The first one is the regional competition and the second round will be the semi-finals and grand finals happening on September 7, 2019, at Eastwood City, Metro Manila. Regional champions will cook-off to find out who among them will be hailed as the first Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs' Edition winner. 

Criteria for Judging are as follows: 

Featured Ingredient/s - 50%

  • The recipe must include at least one (1) local ingredient inherent to the province being represented. 
Originality and Creativity - 50% 

  • The participant must creatively show a tested recipe which corresponds to the local ingredient/s being used. Photo and caption must contain a personal touch and what inspired them to create the dish. 

The judges are renowned chef and Solane Kitchen Ambassador Chef Sau Del Rosario and best-selling author and Solane Kitchen Hero competition director Nancy Reyes-Lumen. 

Chef Sau del Rosario (2nd from left) and Chef Nancy Reyes-Lumen (3rd from left)
with team Adobo (L-R) Chef Mon Urbano, Chef Jen Saranilla and Chef Jaja Andal
The winner will take home Php 100,000 and will embark on a culinary trip to Japan with customized stops at different food and drink destinations. This event is co-presented by Midea and supported by Masflex, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Dona Elena, and Dona Elena Al Dente, King Sue, Ajinomoto, Philtranco, Fastcat, Chef’s Garb, National Bookstore and their school partner, STI. 

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero Chef's Edition, visit Solane website and Facebook page, 

If you are interested to watch the live competition, here's the schedule of upcoming regional legs: 

  • Northern Mindanao/ Caraga Region on August 3
  • Davao Region on August 10
  • SOCSARGEN and ARMM on August 17 
  • National Capital Region on August 24
* Follow Solane's FB Page for final venue announcement. 


  1. Sounds like a great competition. Look forward to the updates at Solane.

  2. Kristine Nicole AlessandraJuly 18, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    The prize is fantastic! Aside from cash, the winner will get a chance to travel. I am excited to see the winning culinary masterpiece!

  3. These cooks sound so talented! It would be fun to try some of these dishes. The competition looks exciting.