Organique Acai on Rated K, ABS-CBN

If you are an avid reader of NomNom Club, you might remember our feature on Organique Acai about two months ago. So I, together with my wife, were surprised last night while we were watching TV tuned in at Rated K of ABS-CBN – the Organique Acai Premium Blend product was featured.

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Visiting the Pinoy ‘MasterChef’ Top 14 Cooks

Kusina ni Kambal caterer also served us lunch

Kusina ni Kambal caterer also served us lunch

We have recently visited the Pinoy MasterChef house which serves as the temporary home of the Top 14 Cooks of the first ABS-CBN kusinaserye.

Myra - Chef Accountant of Muntinlupa

Myra – Chef Accountant of Muntinlupa

We also got to know the Top 14 cooks in a personal level in the same visit. But NomNom Club got extra close to some of them and even tasted their dishes. Here are six of them up close.

The Ladies

Ivory - the Bubbly Cook

Ivory – the Bubbly Cook

We first met Myra. She is an employee by day and wife & mom by night. The Chef Accountant of Muntinlupafirst worked her way around the kitchen when she was still little. Her forte are home-cooked meals as she now cooks for her family of two.

With her in the room is Ivory. As a nurse, her parents initially wanted her to become a doctor bur her love for cooking made her pursue her culinary passion. Aside from that, she loves to eat, as she herself claims.

In contrast to other cooks and chef who prefers not to fully consume what they have cooked and leave it to guests, she likes eating what she has prepared. Her bubbly character will also help you enjoy your meal.

Myra has prepared a black and white chocolate crepe which served as a complementary dessert to the Italian-inspired potato-based masterpiece by Ivory. As much as Myra’s crepe was ok, Ivory’s dish was outstanding.

Myra's Crepe & Ivory's Potato Entree

Myra’s Crepe & Ivory’s Potato Entree

Mac - the Kitchen Mac-Kulit of Tarlac

Mac – the Kitchen Mac-Kulit of Tarlac

The Gentlemen

A former seaman, the Kitchen Mac-Kulit of Tarlac seem to be the jolliest of them all. I wasn’t initially sure if this is to compensate for his broken marriage, but I think Mac is naturally a happy person.

Ronnel - Boy Labong of Pampanga

Ronnel – Boy Labong of Pampanga

Our second male cook is Ronnel. He is your typical husband from the province of Pampanga who is not surprisingly good in cooking and cooks over an open fire using twigs.

Known as the Boy Labong of Pampanga, he is the reserved type but have the looks for showbiz.

Tolits - Chief Cook of Police

Tolits – Chief Cook of Police

Sorsogon’s Chief Cook of Police, Tolits, wanted to take up Fine Arts in college but was not able to because his family couldn’t afford it, and it was only in cooking where he was able express his passion for art.

He eventually joined the police force while being in charge of cooking tasks at home for his family as it was not the forte of his wife.

Ronnel prepared a very good tasting sisig which he claims to have prepared in the traditional way, Kapampangan style. Tolits served us a simple but also good-tasting shredded meat on bread. Mac, surprisingly and out-of-character, crafted a leche flan.


Ronnel's Sisig (left) & Mac's Leche Flan (right); Tolit's Dish is Top Photo

Ronnel’s Sisig (left) & Mac’s Leche Flan (right); Tolit’s Dish is Top Photo

Cons - Kitchen Siren of San Juan

Cons – Kitchen Siren of San Juan

The light-hearted conversation led us to Mac’s love-interest among the Pinoy MasterChef Top 14. He confessed his childish attraction to Cons. This led our group of media to interview Cons on our way downstairs.

Known as the Kitchen Siren of San Juan, Cons once auditioned in Pinoy Dream Academy to become a recording artist. A disease, however, temporarily damaged her voice and deterred her from reaching her dreams. This set off her love affair with cooking and has since then vowed to master cooking.

However, she cleared that Mac is just a friend.

Who do you think will be crowned as the first Pinoy MasterChef and will win the P1 million grand prize? Who will stand out?

ABS-CBN MasterChef Pinoy Edition

ABS-CBN MasterChef Pinoy Edition

Pinoy MasterChef Top 14 Cooks

Pinoy MasterChef Top 14 Cooks

Catch MasterChef Pinoy Edition and the Top 14 cooks as they cook their way to their dreams, Mondays to Fridays, 10:30 a.m. before Be Careful with My Heart on ABS-CBN’s Umaganda block. Follow them at Twitter @MasterChefPHL,, and

MasterChef Pinoy Edition: 7 Ingredients to Watch Out for

Late morning shows of ABS-CBN currently lines up Kris TV, Please Be Careful with My Heart, and Showtime. Starting today – November 12 – a new ingredient will be added with the first kusina-serye MasterChef Pinoy Edition.

MasterChef Grocery / Sari-sari Store/ Stock Room

MasterChef Grocery / Sari-sari Store/ Stock Room

The MasterChef Pinoy Edition will be hosted Ms. Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Chefs Fernando “Ferns” Aracama, Chef Rolando “Lau” Laudico, and Chef JP “Jayps” Anglo who are reprising their roles as host and judges from the previous Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition.

The newest version of the popular cooking reality show will give ordinary people from different generations, places, and economic backgrounds a chance to showcase their cooking prowess and overcome life’s challenges to reach their dreams.

Now, here are the 7 ingredients to watch-out for in the new MasterChef Pinoy Edition:

1) Judy Ann Santos

Undeniably, teleserye queen Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (top photo) is the key ingredient on making this show a success. From the trailer that I saw in the recent presscon, Judy Ann’s hosting style and her capability to relate to the lives of the MasterChef aspirants brought about what the show intended to.



2) Kusina-Serye Twist

One major factor local cooking-show followers would notice with the Pinoy MasterChef show is the heightened focus on the personal lives and emotional relationships of the cooking aspirants.

Yes, it is a deviation from the usual franchise format of the MasterChef you see in cable. Hence, it was also placed in the time slot just before lunch mainly to target the home-based mother and female audience. So don’t be surprised if you see them crying while cooking.

As much as it was a surprise to me, I think this is ABS-CBN’s way of making it suit more to the Filipino taste by touching their hearts at the same time appealing to the palate.

3) Expert Chefs

Chef Judges Chefs Fernando “Ferns” Aracama, Chef Rolando “Lau” Laudico, and Chef JP “Jayps” Anglo

Chef Judges Chefs Fernando “Ferns” Aracama, Chef Rolando “Lau” Laudico, and Chef JP “Jayps” Anglo

Having proven themselves that they can also do wonders beyond the kitchen and into the tube, Chef Fernando “Ferns” Aracama, Chef Rolando “Lau” Laudico, and Chef JP “Jayps” Anglo are are back!

Unmistakably, they lend the expertise on the show’s main subject of cooking as they sample and critique the dishes.

Mystery Box

Mystery Box

4) Fierce Competition

They ain’t kids anymore. Considering the adult participants, the chef judges said they will now be tougher with their judgement and straight to the point in their comments.

The screening of MasterChef hopefuls is expected to be filled with thrill and drama as Judy Ann, Chef Ferns Aracama, Chef Lau, and Chef Jayps will be more stringent and honest with higher expectations. They also expect the chef amateurs to reason out or defend their dishes.

“The challenges will definitely be harder. We will be more blunt in giving comments. To be a good chef, one needs to endure all the hardships.” says Juday.

5) P1 million

The emerging winner who will be able to prove himself or herself in the kitchen will become the very first Pinoy MasterChef and take home P1 million.

MasterChef Pinoy Edition Kitchen Studio

MasterChef Pinoy Edition Kitchen Studio

6) Reality Show

Reality Show

Reality Show

More than being a cooking show, MasterChef Pinoy Edition will give viewers a taste of ‘reality’ by housing the finalists under one roof. With a hint of ‘Pinoy Big Brother,’ the aspiring cooks will will have to blend with others, foster new bonds and conflicts, and experience success and defeat with each other.

Moreover, there will be a showcase of easy-to-prepare Filipino recipes, cooking demos, and home management and health tips.

7) MasterChef Saturdish Edition

Watch out for Melai Cantiveros and Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4 housemates Joj and Jai Agpangan on MasterChef Saturdish Edition as they embark on fun food adventures.

Join them as they discover and whip up extraordinary dishes as well as give out cooking tips and trivia.

MasterChef Pinoy Edition on Nov 12

Catch MasterChef Pinoy Edition on Nov 12

Get updates from, @MasterChefPHL on Twitter, and website Catch the premiere of MasterChef Pinoy Edition later at 1030am (Monday, Nov 12) before “Be Careful with My Heart” on ABS-CBN’s Umaganda block.

Pinoy Junior MasterChefs at Trescon Kitchen International*

Members of the media and bloggers recently had the chance to meet and watch the 12 Kiddie Cooks of ABS-CBN‘s Junior MasterChefs Pinoy Edition as they prepare scrumptious recipes at the kitchen of Trescon International College.

Patrick is one of the Super 12 Junior Masterchefs

Patrick is one of the Super 12 Junior Masterchefs

The Pinoy Junior Masterchef cooking reality program showcases a pool of talented kids coming from different backgrounds. It was astonishing to see how the little master chefs effeciently held the knife as they cut ingredients into desired shapes and pieces.

Weeks of tough cook-offs have brought together the best 12 kiddie cooks from the country in the “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition,” impressing viewers with creations kids their age might not be able to cook with ease.

Junior MasterChefs Contenders Ian, Kyle, Acee, Philip (L-R)

Junior MasterChefs Contenders Ian, Kyle, Acee, Philip (L-R)

First up in the Super 12 is Bianca, 9, one of the youngest kiddie cooks in the show.  Both of her parents were formally trained in the culinary arts and have taught her proper cooking techniques at such an early stage.

Cheerful Philip of Cebu made his way into the viewers’ hearts by dancing every time his dish gets complimented by host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and chef judges Ferns, Lau and Jayps. He lacks formal cooking training but still manages to whip up the best-tasting dishes in the show and even led the culinary race last week by topping the scoreboard.

Junior MasterChefs Contender Bianca

Junior MasterChefs Contender Bianca

Iain masterfully creates various Italian dishes which he and his family enjoy.

Mika on the other hand has extensive training in Japanese cuisine.

Also getting into the Super 12 is Tricia, who plans to major in Business Management to help their family business thrive. She goes straight to their family-owned restaurant in Batangas every day after school to watch their chefs cook or help out in preparing their customers’ orders.

Junior MasterChefs Contenders Jobim (top right), Miko (bot left), Emman (center), and Tricia (bot right)

Junior MasterChefs Contenders Jobim (top right), Miko (bot left), Emman (center), and Tricia (bot right)

Judy Ann Santos

Judy Ann Santos

During their family trips abroad, Patrick asked his parents to buy him cooking tools and equipments instead of toys and gadgets.

Outside the kitchen, Miko is a school varsity basketball player. His first dish created was beef broccoli, when he was just eight years old.

Emman’s most memorable cooking experience was cooking pancakes for his mom who worked on a night shift when he was six years old. From the usual pancakes, he can now cook a variety of dishes from ham and cheese omelette to beef steak and pizza rolls, among others.

Eleven-year old Kyle has an instinctive approach to cooking. He is fond of using the Ouido style-cooking through reliance on look, feel and taste instead of measurements.

Jobim likes to experiment in the kitchen by adding different herbs and spices to his dishes.

Junior Masterchef Super 12 Presscon

Junior Masterchef Super 12 Presscon

Acee hopes to win the competition one dish at a time. During an immersion, she wowed viewers with her spaghetti Bolognese with béchamel sauce and tomato salsa.

Caitlin on the other hand, impressed the judges early-on in the competition with her dishes such as ‘rice in ampalaya silog’, which gained the highest score in the program’s silog challenge.

Junior Masterchef Pinoy Edition at Trescon International College

Junior Masterchef Pinoy Edition at Trescon International College

One of the two Pinoy Junior Masterchef recipe made in the press conference

One of the two Pinoy Junior Masterchef recipe made in the press conference

Catch more of “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition” on ABS-CBN, visit,, and @jrmasterchef_ph on Twitter.

Junior MasterChefs Chef Judges Chef Rolando Laudico, Chef Ferns, and Chef Jayps (L-R)

Junior MasterChefs Chef Judges Chef Rolando Laudico, Chef Ferns, and Chef Jayps (L-R)

* Text and Photos by Marjorie Pineda

All of them were very energetic. We saw the passion in what they were doing, from preparing the ingredients, cooking up to keeping their work station clean and orderly. They prepared two recipes during the press conference of the Junior MasterChefs Pinoy Edition. All these they learned from the Judges Chef Ferns, Chef Lau, Chef Jayps, and celebrity Judy Ann Santos.

Pinoy Junior MasterChef Starts Tomorrow!

They say that Filipinos are good adopters. When they see something they can attune to their own taste, they create their own version. One new upcoming example that would please cooking show and TV buffs‘ eyes and palettes at the same time would be the Filipino version of the internationally successful Junior MasterchefPinoy Junior MasterChef – with host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo.

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo Hosts Pinoy Junior Masterchef

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo Hosts Pinoy Junior Masterchef

Meet the 60 young kitchen stars on the premier show of this much-awaited kiddie cooking reality show “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition” on August 27, at Saturday’s primetime. Find out as well who will eventually advance to the Top 20 on ABS-CBN. The first Pinoy Junior MasterChef will win a culinary scholarship and P1 million.

Hosted by famous celebrity Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Juday returns to television through this new show. For the very first time in her career, the Philippine’s Queen of Soap Opera will dabble in hosting as she leads the search for the finest young amateur chef in the country.

Joining Judy Ann are world-renowned Filipino chefs Fernando “Ferns” Aracama, Rolando “Lau” Laudico, and JP “Jayps” Anglo in the newest reality franchise from the group that brought you phenomenal hits “Pinoy Big Brother,” “Pinoy Dream Academy,” and “The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition.”

They will be the ones to guide the kiddie chefs and judge the dishes the kids will cook up as the Philippines will be the third country in the world to produce its own Junior MasterChef.

Idiomatically, Chef Lau is The Rebel, Chef Ferns is The Maestro, and Chef Jayps is The Traveler.

Idiomatically, Chef Lau is The Rebel, Chef Ferns is The Maestro, and Chef Jayps is The Traveler.

This show is all heart. The kids are really cute and smart so it’s hard not to have a connection with them. But as a host and their mom in the program, I’m the one to balance their emotions. We don’t want to hurt their feelings but we also need to be honest when it comes to the taste of their dishes. When they’re about to cry, I have to be strong and raise their spirits. You have to be ready with words of encouragement for them,” shared Juday.

With the help of Chef Ferns, Chef Lau, and Chef Jayps, all accomplished chefs and restauranteurs, Juday said kids will surely learn from every challenge or task they face in the program.

Check out the official Facebook page at or follow @jrmasterchef_ph.

Don’t miss the first taste on the reality show that will make you hungry, smile, cry, and be inspired to cook, whether you are young or old, an aspiring chef or simply a food lover in “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition” on August 27, Saturday at ABS-CBN.