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Dylan Takao and Mariano Ascencio and InterContinental San Francisco Win InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts ‘Ultimate Culinary Clash’ Cooking Competition

June 25, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email

InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the chef team Dylan Takao and Mariano Ascencio of the InterContinental San Francisco as winners of the sixth annual Ultimate Culinary Clash, which took place on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, CA. Takao worked closely with Executive Chef Daniel Corey behind the hotel’s Luce restaurant and City College of San Francisco colleague and sous chef Mariano Ascencio to execute his dishes for the evening. Part student cooking competition and part scholarship fundraiser, the Ultimate Culinary Clash brought together the winners of five regional Culinary Clash competitions to face-off against each other to see whose dishes reigned supreme. Takao received a $5,000 scholarship from the InterContinental brand and student sous chef Ascencio received an additional $2,500 in scholarship.

The event welcomed more than 200 clients, industry tastemakers, and social media influencers and media for a competitive culinary evening where guests were encouraged to taste and mingle with chef and student teams from InterContinental San Francisco, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Presidente InterContinental Mexico City, InterContinental San Diego and Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown. Local judges included the evening’s MC, journalist Joel Riddell, journalist Virginia Miller, social media influencer and blogger Emily Martin, Lolinda Executive Chef Juan Torres, Credo Director of Culinary Services Larry Finn, Trinchero Family Estates Senior National Account Manager Camille Costa, Golden Gate Restaurant Association Policy and Education Program Manager Chhavi Sahni, Firefly Executive Sous Chef Symone Bennett, CBS National Travel Writer Randy Yagi, and Boston-based social media influencers Savath and Sovann Yong.

Gail Gerber, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco said: “We’re so pleased to see how the Ultimate Culinary Clash program has grown in the past six years. Through partnerships with exceptional culinary schools we’ve been able to put a spotlight on the InterContinental brands’ culinary programs globally. We’re proud of Dylan and Mariano to win this award for InterContinental San Francisco for the first time.”

Over the course of three months, five InterContinental properties across the United States and Mexico held local competitions with culinary students. The first place winners from each hotel received the opportunity to move forward to the Ultimate Culinary Clash where they presented a small portion of their winning entrée. Event guests, who judged dishes based on taste, creativity, and presentation, were impressed by the team’s Braised Short Rib in Mole Rojo with Collard Greens and Tokyo Turnips.

This year’s student participants and hotels included:

  • InterContinental San Francisco – Dylan Takao and Mariano Ascencio of San Francisco City College
  • InterContinental Mark Hopkins – Luis Lopez and Renee Mata of San Francisco City College
  • Presidente InterContinental Mexico City – Estefania Iris Garcia and Daniela Loyola Zavala of Universidad Anahuac Mexico/Le Cordon Bleu
  • InterContinental San Diego – Riaz Mukadam and Lisa Baza of San Diego Mesa College
  • Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown – Alan Morales of Los Angeles Trade-Tech Community College

This year’s Ultimate Culinary Clash sponsors included Steelite International, kikkoman®, Trinchero Family Estates, Mr. Espresso and RATIONAL.

The Ultimate Culinary Clash serves as an opportunity for the InterContinental brand to showcase its commitment to culinary excellence. The regional competitions – called the Culinary Clash – began eight years ago at the InterContinental San Francisco’s Luce restaurant. To date, the program has raised more than $125,000 in scholarship for students across North America.

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