At the 2016 Goldilocks Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge (ICDC), 10 teams competed in decorating 5 different cakes in 5 hours in front of audiences. The champion team took home a newly-designed ICDC trophy, a baking lab worth Php 250,000 for their school, Php 20,000 worth of Goldilocks gift certificates. Members of the winning team were also offered employment contracts with Goldilocks. The 2016 ICDC champion is St. Anne College of Lucena. The event was held at The Block in SM City North Edsa last February 25.
Due to the prestige the ICDC has built over ten years, the event has become a much-awaited contest among culinary art schools in the country. New contest features for this year’s ICDC includes more cakes to decorate under time pressure, plus assigned mentors per finalist team.
Prior to the finals, close to 100 schools submitted their entries. Only ten teams made it to the finals. Chefs Jackie Ang Po (assigned to mentor Calayan Educational Foundation), James Antolin (Saint Anne College of Lucena), Joan Dela Cruz (Pangasinan State University), Bryan Dimayuga (Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna), Tristan Encarnacion (Trinity University of Asia), Jackie Laudico (Western Institute of Technology Iloilo), Rizalino Manas (DMCI College Foundation Dipolog), Amador Mendoza (Lyceum Subic Bay), Pixie Sevilla (Far Eastern University), and Buddy Trinidad (Colegio de San Lorenzo) were tapped to provide hands-on mentorship to the participating students.
The ICDC format is fashioned after “Iron Chef” wherein contestants share one stage, are assigned their own supply cabinets, and must decorate their cakes within a specified time frame. For ICDC 2016, teams had to decorate 5 cakes in 5 hours – a 50th birthday cake, a 50th wedding anniversary cake, a “Year 2050” cake, a gold-themed cake, and a number-themed cake. Team were informed of these themes just before the timer began.
ICDC 2016 is properly dubbed “ICDC Xtreme” – this year, students not only have to decorate more cakes (5 in 5 hours following 5 different themes), but judges also have to finish judging 50 cakes (5 cakes per team with 10 teams means 50 cakes!). Judges Penk Ching, Heny Sison, Millie Dizon, Carol San Pedro, and Cara Wu had a hard time choosing among the students’ exemplary works.
In the end, Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna took the top prize in the 50th birthday cake category, while St. Anne College of Lucena won the 50th wedding anniversary cake category. Western Institute of Technology Iloilo was judged to have the best Year 2050 cake, and Pangasinan State University and St. Anne College Lucena won the gold-themed cake and number-themed cake categories, respectively.
- Western Institute of Technology Iloilo
- Pangasinan State University - Lingayen
- Lyceum of the Philippines - Laguna
As mentioned, St. Anne College Lucena was named overall champion, due in large part to their balanced scores for all their creations.
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