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Of tips and slices: Renowned chefs talk about industry, life experiences to hospitality students

A serving of work experiences and a few slices of life’s journey.

Although there is no clear-cut recipe to success, hearing the stories of those who have established their places in the industry will help the new generation prepare for theirs. 

This is what two renowned chefs, Chef Mark Uy and Chef RV Manabat, did during the 2nd Unveiling Hospitality Prowess through Exposition (UHPTEx) 2024 of the College of Hospitality Management and Tourism (CHMT) of the Laguna State Polytechnic University-San Pablo City Campus (LSPU-SPCC), held at the Palmeras Garden Restaurant, San Pablo City, Laguna, May 3.

In this student-led exposition themed “Serving Global, Preserving Local: A Culinary Elevation through Cultures Innovation,” Chef Uy delivered an overview of international work setup, giving students a glimpse of the actual hospitality industry situation in Canada, while Chef Manabat shared his journey towards achieving the many successes of his culinary life.

Chef Uy started his talk by explaining the importance of preparation and playing one’s role, especially in the context of real work experience. He also discussed the likeliness of international exposure among Filipinos and what the students have to know as part of the international workforce.

“One out of ten of the Filipinos over here will have international exposure,” Chef Uy shared. “You have to be equipped [before] going out there. You have to know your rights.”

The Filipino-Canadian chef went over the need to sharpen one’s skill set, systems in the workplace, allowable age for work, wage and rate system for both regular work hours and extra work hours, and other employment-related arrangements.

After his talk, Chef Uy also conducted a live demonstration of making a Surf and Turf dish, a main course combining seafood and red meat.

Meanwhile, Chef Manabat talked about his humble beginnings from a child concocting adobo using hotdogs to being a culinary student in college, exploring the United States and Europe for further studies, teaching baking during the weekends, venturing into social media during the pandemic, and establishing his café and restaurant.

As a social media personality, Chef Manabat reminded the students of the hard work put into their content. He also shared the challenges he encountered when he was starting his business. Despite the challenges, he encouraged the participants to never say “no”, learn new things, and invest in themselves.

Chef Manabat told the participants to master their knowledge and skills on a local level before going global.

The Biñan-based chef explained: “Lahat tayo nangangarap na makita, makarating, ma-experience kung ano ang mayro’n sa labas ng bansa natin. But we have to understand that to serve global, we need to local[ly] source. At ‘yang local na ‘yan, tayo po, ‘yan ang palengke natin, ‘yang talipapa, ‘yang dinadaan-daanan mong kakanin sa umaga. That is local. To be global, you have to love local.”

Apart from plenary talks, the exposition was composed of competitions for market basket making, buko pie making, plated desserts making, poster making, and photography contest, which were participated by students from the San Pablo Colleges (SPC), LSPU-SPCC from CHMT and College of Industrial Technology (CIT), and LSPU-Sta. Cruz Campus (LSPU-SCC).

Also gracing the event were Dr. Mario R. Briones, University President; A/Prof. Joel M. Bawica, Campus Director; Dr. Ninevetch Grace O. Marco, Associate Dean of CHMT; Dr. Rumar Abaigar, President of the Union of Filipino Tourism Educators (UFTE); faculty, staff, and students.

The UHPTEx was a culminating activity organized by third-year students of the program Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (BSHM) for their subject Introduction to Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Events Management (HPC8) under the supervision of Vanessa J. Silang.

Before the exposition proper, the RMNHS Drum and Lyre Band welcomed the participants outside the venue hall. Meanwhile, Kunday Dance and Drill and student artists delivered intermission numbers during the event.