Junior Master Chef Pinoy edition (Part 4) – Top 60 kids video

Watch my video – The Adventures of a Junior Chef here.

Watch Oz Feria’s fun video, The Healthy Kidd here.

Watch the video of the top 60 kids at the General Assembly on May 23, 2011 here.

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Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition (Part 3) – my letter to the top 60 kids

I am one of the 60 finalists in ABS-CBN’s Junior Master Chef Pinoy edition.  Unknown to many viewers, there was  a huge amount of work involved in  the  production of JMC.  We went through typhoon, traffic, early mornings, late nights, anxiety,  pressure. But we also went through excitement, curiosity, friendships, and a lot of cooking.

To my new found friends- the junior master chefs in their own right,  I congratulate you. Whether   still in the competition or not,  all of us deserve a pat on the back for what we have been through.    I am writing this blog for you, my friends – the first JMC Pinoy Edition top 60 contestants. Read on….

The top 60 kids

The top 60 kids

Almost all of you  joined Junior Master Chef because you all love cooking and want to learn more about it.   Maybe some of you just want to be seen on TV — there’s nothing wrong with that….=)

Together, we anxiously went to the ABS-CBN building for the General Assembly . We looked in amazement  as we viewed  the set for shows like The Price Is Right, Asap, UKG and other news rooms. We shared a buffet and a mass that blessed us as JMC contestants.

We went to a tour in the ABS-CBN building

We went to a tour in the ABS-CBN building

  The next day , we went to Treston college for training.

First day at Treston

First day at Treston

We were there for 2 weeks because we had to practice for the challenge  on June. We went through traffic and rains together.

On our first taping day, we got to know each other better during all the long waiting hours. We played, laughed, talked, slept, and cooked together. I miss seeing you everyday. I don’t want to forget you, my friends. I want you to be my friends for a very long time. 

Gilbert, you are kind and funny. You always talk to me when I’m alone and you are a good friend.

Eman, you’re a funny person, a good chef and a quiet kid.  Don’t stop cooking.

Von, you’re a nice kid because you are quiet , a great chef and a good friend. I miss talking with you when we were waiting around at JMC.

Caitlin, I like hearing cooking tips from you.  You said I should always have the right temperature when cooking meals or desserts.

Tricia Baylosis, I don’t mind if you are rich. What I like about you is that you’re you…..

To my favorite JMC tita, Tita Jane Go , I like you because you give me good advice about cooking.  You told me once that I had perfect timing. You also told me that there are many cooking contests that I can join .

I also want to thank  Kiel, Church, Edward,Yeng, Trisha, Bianca, Jek, Iain, Jhun Ray, Gino, Patrick, Louise Almazar, Philip and the others, for all the fun we had.

Dont forget to cook. But more importantly, like my friend , Pinoy Food writer, Chun Valencia, similarly told me about writing  —- always cook with your heart.

It is with honor that I am writing down the names of the first JMC Pinoy edition ‘s top 60 on my blog.  Here they are: 

  1. Caitlin Taluban, Quezon City
  2. Enrico Feria, Quezon City
  3. Emman Buquid, Muntinlupa
  4. Kiel Catacutan, Pampanga
  5. Tricia Baylosis, Batangas
  6. Trisha Tumbali, Cainta
  7. Gino Yang, Muntinlupa
  8. Yeng Titong, Manila
  9. Aj Guadalupe, Davao
  10. Bianca Dimapilis, Antipolo
  11. Cy Yap, Pasig
  12. Tia Yap, Pasig
  13. Patrick Baldosano, Parañaque
  14. Franz Dacanay, San Juan
  15. Franz Tacuyan, General Santos
  16. Jek Petalio, Naga
  17. Iain Johnston, Baguio
  18. Church Palacio, Cebu
  19. Inday Lee, Iloilo
  20. Gilbert Go, Quezon City
  21. Jeanill Migraso, Quezon City
  22. Jhun Ray Cañete, Cebu
  23. Jobim Jalbuena, Makati
  24. Joey Liwanag, Pasay
  25. Louise Almazar, Davao
  26. Louise Mabulo, Naga
  27. Judel Bautista, Quezon Province
  28. Mic Mic Alebusa, Iloilo
  29. Mika Tanaka, Quezon City
  30. Miko Manzano, Caloocan
  31. Nique Ybanez, Naga
  32. Philip Amarillo, Cebu
  33. Acee Salangsang, General Santos
  34. Roldan Lantinazo, Naga
  35. Shatze Ramos, Pangasinan
  36. Stephen Se, Makati
  37. Von Kilayko, Parañaque
  38. Zoe Gabon, Naga
  39. Venisse Navarro, Bulacan
  40. Kyle Imao, Marikina
  41. Lao Flores, Makati
  42. Mona Buenaflor, Naga
  43. Courtney Jimenez, Pampanga
  44. Precious Flores, Cebu
  45. Nadine Lee Oliver, Naga
  46. Toto Maapni, Iloilo
  47. Alexa Apostol, Quezon City
  48. Athena Garcia, Baguio
  49. Edward Bonto, San Juan
  50. Carla Carangdang, Batangas
  51. Darylle Aviz, Valenzuela 
  52. Juday Vinasoy, Valenzuela
  53. Gelo Abrenica, Antipolo
  54. Bea Atienza, Davao
  55. Trisha Mallari, Pampanga
  56. Leslie Conopio, Davao
  57. Doneth Rapanut, Iloilo
  58. G-ann Magbanua, Bacolod
  59. Janine Sayson, Bacolod
  60. Chloe Nicolas, Quezon City
One day we may cross paths in the same kitchen . Till that day comes, just keep on cooking!

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Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition (part 2)

This is  part 2 of my post about Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition 2011. It’s all about the time that ABSC CBN   came to our house and took a video of me cooking . I was waiting for Hanah, the researcher from ABS-CBN,  to arrive because I can’t wait to cook. She called  my mom’s cellphone and said that they’ll arrive after dinner.

For the audition, I cooked Twice Cooked Pork With Bell Peppers.   A camera was pointing at me and a man was holding the light while Hanah asked me to tell her what I was going to do next. Mom took pictures of me cooking  my audition dish.
ABS CBN taping me cooking at home

I got the recipe from a Chinese recipe book, What’s Cooking Wok & stir-fry. I used pork chop rather than pork leg, as mentioned in the recipe because we couldn’t find any in the grocery.

15 grams of Chinese dried mushrooms
450 grams porkchop
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion sliced
1 red bell pepper (deseeded and diced)
1 green bell pepper (deseeded and diced)
1 yellow bell pepper (deseeded and diced)
4 tbsp oyster sauce

  1. Place the mushrooms in a large bowl. Pour over enough boiling water to cover and leave to stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Using a sharp knife trim any excess fat from the Tenderloin. Cut the Tenderloin into thin strips.
  3. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the pork to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the pork from the pan with a slotted spoon and leave to drain thoroughly.
  5. Heat the oil in a large preheated wok. Add the pork to the wok and stir-fry for about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the mushrooms from the water and leave to drain thoroughly. Roughly chop the mushrooms.
  7. Add the mushrooms, onion and the bell peppers to the wok and stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the oyster sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to serving bowls and serve immediately.
VARIATION: Use open-cap mushrooms, sliced instead of Chinese mushrooms if you prefer.
They asked my family to come to the dining table and pretend that we are eating dinner, although it was already 8pm.

My siblings, Zia , Oz and Zoe were shy but did it anyway. I am glad that Hanah liked my dish. She said she will call if there are any updates.

Why would I “LIKE” thee?

Enrico Feria Fan PageI am not a celebrity. I am just a boy who likes to cook. Through some heavenly intervention, I was given the opportunity to participate in a cooking show that turned out to be a huge success. It helped me become more interested in cooking, and it also helped me to become noticed.

Just a few days ago, my mom helped me set up a fan page on Facebook. My mom was skeptical at the idea at first because she wanted me to stay humble. But finally, she said yes, and two days ago, she gave me what I asked for. She even asked all her friends to LIKE my fan page….thanks mom!

The real reason why she said yes was because she wanted to bring attention to our charity, The Healthy Kidchen. If people visit my fan page, they might see what our charity is all about, and might end up supporting our efforts to feed the kids at Holy Spirit Elementary School , a public school in Commonwealth.

The principal told us that many of these kids are repeaters because they are too hungry to comprehend their lessons…I even saw some 11 year old kids in Grade 3, because they have repeated a few times.

I also want a fan page because I want more people to know me better. I want to have lots of friends who can post  and share cooking  ideas with me. I also wish to have more readers on my blog called “The Junior Chef”. If more kids read my blog, more kids would appreciate how much fun cooking can be.

If I have convinced you enough, please do like my fan page

Thank you very much! Let’s keep cooking !

The Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition Contest (part 1)

Now that the show is out, I can finally talk about it…whew!   

I joined a cooking contest early this year called The Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition. I joined the contest because I wanted to learn more about cooking. I also wanted to show both poor and rich kids in this country that if I could cook, they could cook too. The contest started on Feb. 20,  2011.  I was one of more than a hundred auditionees in Junior Master Chef.  The process started with an online audition.  Two days after I submitted my application,   a girl named Hanah called me on the telephone. She asked me questions like “what’s your favorite food to cook?” and “do you cook your favorite food everyday?”. I was lucky enough to be invited to audition at Pinoy Big Brother House.


I woke up early to prepare  Seafood Pasta, which was the dish I was going to bring to the audition. Mom made me do everything , because she wanted me to own the dish, knowing that the judges can easily tell whether I cooked it myself. I cooked the dish twice because mom wanted me to make sure that it was perfect. There are some pasta left on the pan , which became our breakfast. My mom and I packed the pasta in tupperware and then called a taxi on the phone. We waited for 5 minutes for the taxi to arrive. When we arrived at the Pinoy Big Brother House, I saw a lot of kids waiting.




My mom and I waited for 1 to 2 hours before I served the pasta. I felt a little disappointed when we were waiting because I was hungry and bored.

I’m tired and hungry

I’m bored and hungry

I was also a little nervous because the judges might not like my pasta.

I was at the back of the lineI saw different kinds of seafood dishes being served, like fish cakes, paella and pastas. The judges were seated on a table with lots of cameras pointing at them (and at me). We stood on a stage with a long table on it. This is where we put the dishes while we were waiting.

The judges’ names were  Chef Michel and the Market Man (I did not know his real name). When they were tasting my dish, they asked me how I cooked it. I told them that it was very hard to cook at first , but if  mastered, it’s really very easy.


Me beside Ichiro

Me beside Ichiro

I met new friends in Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition on the first day. My first, second, third, fourth and fifth friends were Ichiro, Gilbert, Tricia, Emman and Caitlin.

Me, Ichiro, Gilbert, Tricia, Emman and Caitlin

Me, Ichiro, Gilbert, Tricia, Emman and Caitlin

I like talking to them because they’re kind, they’re not trouble makers, they’re not noisy and they’re a little funny. I made around 50 friends. I feel greatful for having  friends to talk to when I’m alone.


They gave us our first challenge on the same day. They made us cook pancake from scratch, which I have never done before.

The ingredients I used are:
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/8 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 stick of butter
maple syrup

First, in a bowl, I mixed together the eggs, flour, butter, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Second, I cooked the pancake   for 1 minute per side. Third, I put the first pancake on a plate and I put bananas, strawberry and nuts on top. I put another pancake on top , then I added pineapples and maple syrup. When we were finished, the judges tasted our pancakes while we went back to our parents. My mom asked Hanah if we could go home already. Hanah answered “of course,  we’ll just call you if we need anything”.


After 1 month, I was disappointed because I did not hear from ABS CBN anymore.   I thought I was not shortlisted. Suddenly, they called and they asked if they could take a video of me cooking at home. This could only mean that there is still hope that I might still be selected to be a contestant…..I was so happy that I felt like shouting with joy.

Thanks for reading my blog everyone. I’ll write more about the contest in my next blog. BYE!

A Reminder of Lolo August

Lolo August with lola, me , my brother and sisters, and my cousin in December 2006

This blog is about my grandfather, who passed away a few years ago. His name was August Feria. He was my favorite grandfather because we always played chess in the afternoon. He died from pneumonia when I was 9 years old. It was a sad day for me and for my dad. I know because I saw that his face was really sad :(. 

It was Aug. 30, 2011. We were going to see Lolo Vic, Lolo August’s favorite brother. He came home from Chicago last week to attend a reunion of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, which he and Lolo August founded. Lolo Vic has  curly hair and looks a lot like Lolo August but younger.

We were getting ready for the lunch gathering that my father planned. When the taxi arrived, my uncle, aunt, mom, my 2 sisters and my brother hopped into the taxi and headed to Pancake House while my Papa, my sister and I walked the short distance from our house . We made a quick stop at the basement of Saint Peter’s church beside Pancake House, where my Lolo August was laid to rest.

Lolo Vic, mom, my 2 uncles , my 2 aunts, 3 cousins, my grand mother, my 2 sisters and my brother were at Pancake House when we arrived.

Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese

We first looked at the  menu for kids, where there were about  10 to 16 dishes. My baby sister, Happy, and my younger brother, Oz,  ordered   Mac & Cheese, which they both loved. Who doesn’t ?

My sister, Zia ordered Corn dogs, which only included three cocktail hotdogs and some fries, and which mom said was too little for a lunch meal, so she gave Zia some Mac and Cheese from Happy’s plate. And oh, there’s Spam and Egg , which both my mom and my aunt laughed at when they saw it.

Me, my cousins, my siblings and Lolo Vic in front of Pancake House

My sister and I did not want anything from  the Kids Menu. My sister ordered Maple Chicken and Crispy Waffle.  I ordered   medium rare T-Bone steak with potato wedges, that Pancake House promises to be ” reminiscent of family backyard barbecues”.  Mom ordered Roast Beef while Papa ordered sirloin steak.

My sister's Jumbo meal

My sister  said that the chicken was too sweet, but the vegetables were crunchy and fresh.  The dressing was a good combination for the vegetables. The potato crumbs and  the waffle were both delightfully crunchy. The plating was appetizing because it used a large plate and the food filled it all up. My mom told my sister that the skin was probably sweet because it’s supposed to be eaten with the waffles. But my sister saved the waffles for dessert.

The steak I ordered cost P485. For me, it’s expensive because other steaks I have eaten costs less than P400 and are even better. There are about 3 or 4  kinds of steaks on the menu – Sunrise steak, Tenderloin steak, Sirloin steak and T-Bone steak.

I ordered steak because I wanted to try all the different kinds of steaks. I already tried Pork Tenderloin, Pork Sirloin , beef sirloin and New York steak. I LOVE steak because it’s tasty and it’s easy to cook.

Papa and Lolo Vic beside me

Papa and Lolo Vic beside me

I waited for 10 minutes for my order to be served. While I was waiting, I inspected the Inspector Gadget and Scooby doo  posters   that hung on the wall. I also listened to the sizzling sounds in the kitchen while I sat between my father and my Lolo Vic, who chatted over my head.

T-Bone Steak with Potato wedges

T-Bone Steak with Potato wedges

When the steak was served, I first looked at the plating.

My first glance did not serve to whet my appetite, since there seemed to be too little food on the plate. I was thinking of asking the waiter to tell the chef to make me another steak , but that would be too expensive.

All I know about plating food were: always keep the plate clean, be creative at your plating, and always have space for the food on the plate . Yup, there was a lot of space alright!

When I sliced through the steak, I realized it was well done not  medium rare, as I ordered.  The steak was chewy and pretty plain .  The potato wedges were ordinary — I like our homemade potato wedges better   because our potato wedges pack more zest. It took me for about 5-10 min. to finish the whole dish.   It wasn’t   enough for me at all, so I started to look into desserts, as Papa suggested.

“Who wants dessert ?”asked Papa.

My waffle fold over

No more waffle fold over

I raised my hand and said, “I do”. I ordered Waffle fold over. Unlike my steak, the waffle fold over was more than enough for me. It includes a 6-inch waffle, 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, peanut butter spread, nips and chocolate syrup on top.

The plating was interesting, and  it’s not   messy at all, not even fingerprints to be found.

I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish it, but I did.

Tito Noel's dessertTito Noel ordered a drink that had an ice cream on top of what I thought might be Coke or iced tea. I didn’t know what it   because it’s my first time to see such–it was  Root beer float.

The drinks menu

The drinks menu

The dessert menu

The dessert menu

The Waffle fold over was too sweet for me, but for those who like sweets, this is the one   for you.  I was really full after I ate the dessert.

The restaurant is clean and the air is cold. The toilets are clean but the sink is clogged .

This day made me happier and remember Lolo August. Having Lolo August in that party would have been much better. He probably would have ordered salad or sandwiches because he loves healthy food.

I learned a lot from Lolo August. He always tells me to be safe when going up and down the stairs. He showed me some strategies in chess. He told me we could make a restaurant but he died before we could. That’s why I keep cooking and reading and watching more about cooking so I can accomplish our dreams. I will never forget Lolo because he’s a good man and he tells me what I need to know, like what’s right and wrong about cooking and about life.

Here are my ratings for Pancake House in Commonwealth Avenue:

That’s it for today, blog readers. Keep reading my blog .  BYE! :D.