Restaurant serves 'Junior MasterChef' dishes


Posted at Dec 15 2011 04:34 PM | Updated as of Dec 16 2011 11:06 PM

Fish burger with brown rice pilaf, malunggay sauce and caramelized ginger, one of the "Junior MasterChef" dishes served in Pancake House.

MANILA, Philippines - Contestants of "Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition" are a step closer to becoming professional chefs as their standout dishes during the show are now served in a homegrown casual dining restaurant.

Pancake House, which has several branches across the country, is serving a variety of dishes created by the kiddie cooks, from appetizer to main course.

The restaurant plans to offer more "Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition" dishes throughout the show's first season.

Dishes by the kiddie cooks currently served in the restaurant include cabbage lumpia in coconut breading, fish burger with brown rice pilaf, malunggay sauce and caramelized ginger, tofu eggplant salad, and baby back ribs with warm bacon potato salad and corn on the cob.

The ampalayasilog and porksilog steak, meanwhile, give a unique twist to the Filipino breakfast favorite that traditionally contains egg, garlic rice and a viand.

Pancake House has obtained permission from ABS-CBN Licensing to use the kiddie cooks' recipes. ABS-CBN Licensing represents Shine International, which owns the global "MasterChef" franchise.

Last Saturday, "Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition" named its top ten finalists. These are the kiddie cooks who continue to compete for the show's P1-million cash prize and a culinary scholarship:

  1. Acee Salangsang
  2. Bianca Dimapilis
  3. Caitlin Tabulan
  4. Emman Buquid
  5. Jobim Jalbuena
  6. Kyle Imao
  7. Mika Tanaka
  8. Miko Manzano
  9. Patrick Baldosano
  10. Philip Amarillo

Hosted by Judy Ann Santos, "Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition" is the local version of "Junior MasterChef," which first aired in Britain in 2010.

The show airs Saturdays and Sundays on ABS-CBN Channel 2. is the online news department of ABS-CBN.