My Speech for The Philippine Blog Awards 2011

Me and my sister at the Philippine Blog Awards 2011It all started when my sister and I joined the Philippine Blog Awards a few months back. I was a finalist in 4 categories: Food and Beverage Luzon Level ,  Food and Beverage National Level, Bloggers Choice and Readers’ Choice categories. The Philippine Blog Awards organizers sent me an email telling me that I was a finalist among many qualifiers. They told me to make a 2 minute speech in case I win. It took me 2 days to do it. I was not able to use it , but my mom told me not to waste it so here it is:

Hi everyone! My name is Enrico Feria. I’m the writer of The Junior Chef. I started writing my blog when I was eliminated from Junior Master Chef  . My blog is like my brain because I write all about my memorable days. My blog is about the food I made, the food I ate, what I learned and my best memories. I love cooking because I like creating my own new dishes. A  long time ago,   I was dreaming of having  my own restaurant named Enrico’s Dragon Chop House. I hope to see that day come. Anyway,   thank you for choosing me as a finalist in 4 categories. I really appreciate it.

I didn’t win but I’m still happy because I was the youngest finalist. (The trophy is a carabao with a man on top.)   I didn’t   win an IPAD 2 in their promo either because we left early.

Anyway, thank you to all the 368 people who voted for me in the Reader’s choice category. I am  very happy.  Each one of you gave me reasons to keep blogging.

Win or lose, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I gained a lot of experience .  I also learned that there are people out there who love what I do. Thank you indeed!

If you have time, please also visit my sister’s blog at http://theladycakedesigner.wordpress.com/.

Good bye and have a very happy CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition (Part 7) – The Treston Experience continued- Knife Skills (DICE)

How to Dice a Potato

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Knife skills - batonnet, julienne, dice, brunoise

DICE

LARGE DICE

Large dice (19mm)

A large dice is a 3/4 inch (19 mm) cube.

  1. Cut off the top and bottom of the potato.
  2. Slice the sides to make a rectangle but leave one side uncut so you can hold the potato later.
  3. Cut into 3/4″ slabs.
  4. Cut into 3/4″ strips.
  5. Cut into 3/4″ cubes.

MEDIUM DICE

Medium dice (12mm)

A  medium dice is a 1/2″ (12mm) cube.

  1. Cut off the top and bottom of the potato.
  2. Slice the sides to make a rectangle but leave one side uncut so you can hold the potato later.
  3. Cut into 1/2″ slabs.
  4. Cut into 1/2″ strips.
  5. Cut into 1/2″ cubes.

SMALL DICE

Small dice (6mm)

A small dice is a 1/4″ (6 mm) cube.

  1. Cut off top and bottom of the potato.
  2. Slice the sides to make a rectangle but leave one side uncut so you can hold the potato later.
  3. Cut into 1/4″ slabs.
  4. Cut into 1/4″ strips.
  5. Cut into 1/4″ cubes.

Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition (Part 5) – The Treston International College Experience

Waiting at Treston College

When I learned that the top 60 kids would go to Treston International College for training,  I was very grateful for being one of those lucky few. I haven’t heard of the school  before but some of my friends told me that it was a really good chef school. My mom was ecstatic as well because it was an amazing opportunity.

Getting ready to leave PBB House

Starting on the 24th of May this year, my JMC friends and I gathered at PBB House every morning, at around 7 am and rode the ABS-CBN van to Treston.

I was hoping to learn more about different kinds of knives, pans ,knife skills, cooking equipment and ingredients.

An early morning at Treston College

When I went into Treston International College, I saw different kinds of rooms. There was a lecture room, a cold room for cooking desserts and a hot room for cooking hot meals. We would move from room to room depending on what we were supposed to do on a certain day.

On our first day, we learned about kitchen safety, hygiene, cooking terminologies, equipments and pantry ingredients. Here are some of the notes I took.

HAZARDS

A hazard is a danger or risk that could come from food, smoking, health and fire. Biological hazard pose a threat to the human health. Chemical hazard contaminates food with chemicals. Physical hazard are dangerous things that could come from metal from canned foods, pieces of bones from chicken and fish. Broken glasses from bottled sauces and spices and ripped plastic that comes from food packaging are examples of physical hazards. Some people get sick from eating ripped plastics unknowingly.

FATTOM 

Bacteria grows on food when  six conditions are met. The six conditions include Food, Acidity, Time, Temperature, Oxygen and Moisture. The acronym of these six conditions is FATTOM. 

F – Food has protein, calcium, nutrients and a lot more vitamins you could think of. Bacteria grows on rich protein food like meat, milk, eggs and fish. 

A – Acidity means the level of acid in substances such as wine, water or soil.

T – It only takes at least two hours for food to change condition. Food needs to be removed from the “danger zone” by cooling or heating.

T – Bacteria grows within a temperature danger zone (TDZ) , which is between 41 degrees F and 135 degrees F.

Keep food in low temperatures

O – Oxygen is a colorless gas. Bacteria needs oxygen to grow in food.

M – Bacteria grows when moisture is present.


PERSONAL HYGIENE

Keep your hands clean

Always take a bath before and after you cook. If you’re in a restaurant, always wear clean uniform. Wash your hands before, after and while cooking.

KNIFE SAFETY  

Knife safety is really important. If you follow the knife safety tips, you’ll be safe in the kitchen. If you don’t follow these tips, you could hurt yourself.

Do not leave knife protruding off the table

You shouldn’t leave the knife handle protruding off the table because someone might bump it and it will fall on his or her foot. You shouldn’t walk or run when the knife is pointing in front of you. You might hurt yourself or other people.                                                                        

KITCHEN SAFETY

No running in the kitchen because you might trip. Don’t use electrical appliances when your hands are wet. You’ll be electrocuted. Be careful when you chop or slice food because you might cut yourself and contaminate the food with blood. Don’t put fire catchable things like kitchen towel,  face towels or cook books on the gas stove. Keep chemicals away from food. The chemical might spill on the food.

COOKING TERMINOLOGIES

Moist cooking methods are blanch, poach, braise and steam. Blanch means to boil food on water then finish cooking it on an ice cold water. Poach means to boil food on a small amount of water. Steam means to cook food using the smoke of  boiling water. Braise means to fry food lightly then stew it slowly in a closed container.

Dry cooking methods are pan fry, deep fry, roast and grill. Pan fry means to cook food on a small amount of oil. Deep fry means to cook food on a lot of oil and cook until crunchy. Roast means to cook food in an oven. Grill means to cook food on a griller.

 (to be continued)

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