The Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna won the 12th Goldilocks ICDC event held at SM Megamall Fashion Hall on March 3rd. The team went head to head with 5 others challengers in the 2018 intercollegiate cake decorating challenge by Goldilocks. All 6 teams from colleges across the country had to take on 3 cake decorating theme challenges — Tribute to the Past, Tribute to the Present, and Tribute to the Future.
The other schools that participated in the 12th Goldilocks Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge (ICDC) were the University of Batangas, Saint Anne College of Lucena, Pangasinan State University, Holy Cross of Davao College, and the Western Institute of Technology Iloilo. All teams went through a rigorous selection process. Almost 100 schools submitted entries to join. The entries were narrowed down to 10 teams which then competed in a closed-door qualifying round.
The 12th Goldilocks ICDC event is pretty intense this time around. The teams don’t just need to decorate cakes according to a theme, but now, they have to make sure that the decorations are timeless. That’s not easy especially because the themes were only announced as the competition moves along at the event.
This is the 12th time that the ICDC has been held, and every year the stakes are raised higher. The skill-level of the participants has consistently increased, thus elevating the contest into one of the most anticipated events for culinary arts programs.
“For 2018, Goldilocks has gone back to the very heart and essence of the competition, which is the cake itself and what it represents,” explained Goldilocks Marketing Director Cherry Caluya. “Cakes are meant to celebrate sweet moments and special memories, which all become timeless. We have therefore made this the theme for this year, asking our competing students to interpret timeless aspects through their designs,” she emphasized.
The Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna showed a dazzling display of creativity and teamwork. They took the category prize for the “Tribute to the Present” and “Tribute to the Future” themed cakes, before being awarded as the overall champion. Meanwhile, the Western Institute of Technology Iloilo won the category prize for the “Tribute to the Past” theme.
As always, the teams this year vied for more than the just prestige, but specifically a baking lab worth Php 250,000 for their school and Php 20,000 worth of Goldilocks gift certificates. The talented students of Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna not only won considerable prizes for their school, but earned the right to take the traveling trophy back with them to the proud province Southeast of Manila.
Being the country’s number one bakeshop for over five decades, Goldilocks is certainly the most qualified to stage an ICDC-style competition, providing the materials and ingredients along with co-sponsor Avoset Whip N’ Cream. Renowned chef and ICDC judge Jackie Ang Po noted that “for the past 12 years, Goldilocks and Avoset continue to reinvent this competition and make it fresh. They have really created something that Culinary Arts students aspire for, and competing on the kitchen stage at this level teaches the students so many lessons that go beyond classroom work.” Also serving as judges were exemplary pastry chef Penk Ching, Patrick Tong of Avoset, and Mille Dizon from the SM Group.
While the 12th Goldilocks ICDC was the culminating activity of the day, loads of fun and educational activities were staged throughout the venue. There were numerous hands-on demonstrations and workshops by professional pastry-chefs, a Goldilocks decorate-your-cake (DYC) corner, amazing cake displays, and a chance to see Goldilocks endorser Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, who graced the activity as the special guest.