UFS and Lady's Choice hailed the most innovative mayo-based dip as the "Choice of the Nation"

Ten talented Filipino chefs and cooks whip up the most innovative mayo-based dips as UFS and Lady's Choice hail the winning recipe at the "Choice of the Nation" Grand Cook-Off.

Out of 87 entries submitted over the last three months, the top ten dip creations by ten of the most skilled culinarians in the country makes its way to the much-awaited Choice of the Nation Grand Cook Off by Unilever Foods Solutions (UFS) and Lady's Choice. The most innovative mayo-based dip recipe hails as the first-ever "Choice of the Nation." We are excited to finally hail the unique dip creations of our talented Filipino chefs and cooks that made the cut to be part of the Choice of the Nation Grand Cook Off," says James Benedict Carreon, Managing Director of UFS Philippines. "These recipes showcase exciting flavors out of the ingenuity of the chefs that made them, which send a signal to the Filipino diners for more enjoyable culinary experiences ahead."

Choice of the Nation is a one-of-a-kind culinary competition that challenges chefs and cooks to whip up uniques mayo-based dips that will capture the discriminating palates of the Filipino diners.

Carreon explains, " This seemingly simple condiment has a power of its own. Dips may be simple and not too costly to make, but it is very versatile that it allows chefs to concoct unique recipes that can elevate the taste and experience of their signature dishes. It is even better with the familiar rich taste and creamy goodness of Lady's Choice Real mayonnaise, which has already been embedded in the Filipino's palate for many generations and through significant milestones.

The dip contenders vying for the coveted "Choice of te Nation" title are:

1. Honey A1 Carolina Reaper Mayo by Chef Sonny Balaga Jr.
2. Thai Chili Honey Dressing by Chef Edward Taponan
3. Basi Dip by Chef Natasha Besteben
4. Tom Yum Mayo by Chef Ryan Singson
5. Socorro's All Time Favorite by Chef Sharmaine Santos
6. Hawaiian Jerk Dip by Chef Ross Benito
7. Wings Gone Wild' Garlic Ranch Dip by Chef Jerina Castillo
8. Alamang Con Mayo by Chef Villa Amor Loresca
9. The Fish Mongers Remoulade by Chef Jayrald Yambao
10. Spicy Cream Cheese mayo with Roasted Capsicum by Chef Angelo Guison

The country's biggest names in the culinary industry namely, Chef Fernando Aracama, Chef Rob Pengson, Chef Sau del Rosario, Chef Kalel Chan and Chef Brando Santos, judged the recipes of the finalists according to the following criteria : taste, food presentation, creativity and innovation, audience voting, and the proper use of Lady's Choice infused in each dip creation.

The first-ever "Choice of the Nation" bagged a cash prize of P100,000 from a special gift pack from UFS and Lady's Choice. The first and second runners-up will take home P80,000 and P50,000,r respectively, plus a special gift pack from UFS>

While whipping up a dip seem to be an easy task in the kitchen, the aim of the competition is to push the skills of Filipino chefs, pursue food innovation, and unravel genuine kitchen, as aligned with the mission of UFS in helping push forward the food service industry.

"We at Unilever Food Solutions believe and support the one true mission of every Filipino cook and chef - to delight their customers with exquisite dishes. As such, we strive to help them develop their craft through the products and services we carry so they can continue to deliver a remarkable dining experience for their customers," Carreon concludes.

And the most innovative mayo-based dip as judged by the country's premier chefs is Thai Chili Honey Dressing by Chef Edward Taponan!!

The Choice of the Nation Grand Cook Off is supported by Masflex Cookware and Kitchenware, Kitchenpro, and Unox. To know more about Choice of the Nation, visit ufs.com.

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