Manila, Philippines – A student from De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde represented the Philippines to compete in the Third Annual International Young Chef Olympiad (YCO), the biggest culinary battle on the planet between student chefs.
Jasmin Castillo Buensalida, 21 years old, was the sole representative of the Philippines to the tournament which was organized by India’s International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM).
Jasmin was one of the participants from 50 countries who battled it out in cook-offs where the challenges were broken up into three different trials, and luckily, she reached the finals.
“I couldn’t believe it, but I was so relieved because I knew I drove my capabilities to the fullest, and all that hard work finally paid off,” said Jasmin via a Philstar story.
Jasmin was named one of the 10 finalists and finished sixth overall.
Currently a Culinary Arts student at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, this 21-year-old has just returned from her three-month intensive internship at the Italian Food Style Education Culinary Institute (IFSE), known for being the most innovative school for Italian cuisine and pastry, in the commune of Piobesi Torinese in Turin, Italy.
When asked what is her favorite dish, she told Philstar that it is Spicy Tuna Salad.
Jasmin did not just put her name but she also put the Philippines in the map of the culinary industry.