Cheese! Celebrating a Filipino Victory

| Saturday, June 19, 2010

Filipinos celebrate as Kraft Food's Eden Cheese and the Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) set the world record for the most number of cheese dishes, with 5,845 of it in one day on December 14, 2009. In recognising the Filipino's rising up from the challenges, Guinness World Record officially declared the effort as a new world record.

The road to the world record wasn't easy. For despite the intense promotion, Kraft only received 800 entries, far from the target of about 5,000. For it was a difficult time, MIHCA came to the rescue and contributed the rest until it has reached 5,845, defeating the previous record of India of 4,668 dishes in 2007!

With a truly inspiring goal that was accomplished, soon after Kraft and MIHCA would share its 5,000 recipes to the nation through Café 5845 -- the first cheese café in the world! The café is found at SM Mall of Asia and will run for a month and will be serving dishes inspired by the 5,845 dishes that were served in the groundbreaking activity last year. Chef Giovasco Barlao of MIHCA said, "Everyone is in for something deliciously unique once Café 5845 is open for business."

Chef Paulo Santino Guevarra of MIHCA, one of the chefs that supervised the groundbreaking activity in December 14, 2010.

The year 2009 was a back-breaking, challenging and mostly a tragic year for most Filipinos. Catastrophe and loss were at helm during the year. However, the creativity and the resilience of the Filipinos has led us to prove that we can, despite the trials. We managed to push our limits and prove that we Filipinos can be one of the best in the world.

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