CULINARY treats and gastronomic surprises await city folks and visitors as the Hotel and Restaurants Association of Baguio (HRAB) is set to hold the 11th Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Weekend September 11 to 13.
The HRT weekend will feature the Rice and Shine: 2.O during the opening program at the SM City Baguio Atrium, September 11.
Here the public will experience and taste the best fried rice recipes of nine well known Baguio chefs and restaurants, Le Chef of the Manor, Baguio Country Club, Mario’s, Solibao, Gilligans, Rose Bowl, Alabanza, Golden Pine and Kalapaw.
For the culinary competitions, HRAB hopes to top the 530 competitors who joined last year with the 68 scheduled events for this year, including the Junior Chef edition (for 13 to 17 years old), in different venues which include SM City Baguio Atrium, Baguio Country Club and Manor.
Aside from the competitions, HRT weekend also offers seminars and job fairs for hotel, restaurant and tourism industry students and graduates.
Another highlight is the search for Mr. and Mrs. HRAB where 40 HRM and Tourism students from the various universities and colleges in Baguio are set to compete.
Preliminary competition is set on September 6 at the multi-purpose building of the Baguio Country Club while coronation night will be on September 12 at the Baguio Convention Center.
HRAB president and Baguio Country Club manager Anthony De Leon shared anew HRAB’s HRT Weekend was born 11 years ago primarily to promote Baguio as a culinary destination and for city folks and visitors to have something to look forward to during the rainy season.
He explained with students and professionals in the culinary and tourism industry in Central and Northern Luzon regularly joining the activity, the event will also be a venue for them to strengthen camaraderie through healthy competitions thus increasing the country’s competitiveness in the global market based on international standards.
“With the increasing demand for hospitality workers abroad, through the years, the HRT weekend competitions have already produced a lot of skilled and globally competitive workers that are now working abroad,” de Leon stressed. (Carlito Dar)