Finalists prep for Gardenia’s Next Big Sandwich Hit competition
Ever heard of a Calzone with champorado and tuyo as filling? How about a dumbbell-shaped sandwich? These and more creative, and innovative sandwich recipes were created by the students who took part in the elimination round of Gardenia’s Next Big Sandwich Hit 2015.
A total of 20 teams from selected colleges and universities in Luzon emerged as finalists after a very challenging “School Hop” elimination round held at each of the schools.
For the elimination round, the students were asked to create two sandwiches following a pre-selected theme based on 10 bread eating occasions. One sandwich was based on their interpretation of their school spirit, and the other is a price challenge recipe that is worth P35 or below per serving.
While the competition was on-going, a bunch of students was also taking the opportunity to learn and equip themselves with sandwich making skills and techniques through Gardenia’s Sandwich Academy program. Chef Jeremy Favia, guest celebrity chef, did a lecture and demo back to back with Gardenia’s own resident chef, Benjo Fundales. Both showcased different recipes and hacks that can be done to level up Gardenia’s perfect bread canvas. Gardenia’s Sandwich Game Truck was also stationed in the campus where students were able to play a touchscreen game that offers a real sandwich surprise.
The winning teams from the elimination round were required to subject the winning economy sandwich to a business implementation program to test its marketability. The students were tasked to come up with strategies for selling and marketing their bread creations which is Gardenia’s way of giving the students an avenue to experience what it’s like to run a business of their own.
For three consecutive years, Gardenia continues its thrust to discover and empower aspiring chefs and practitioners in the food industry with the NBSH Competition. And for this year, Gardenia took NBSH to another level as they increased the competition’s coverage from Metro Manila to the whole of Luzon. Gardenia has made it a commitment not only to promote the healthy goodness of eating sandwiches but also to teach culinary students the value of hard work and likewise develop programs that help inspire, ignite and expose their entrepreneurial skills in activities such as NBSH.