As part of the year-long celebration of the 65th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties between Japan and the Philippines, the Embassy of Japan once again urges interested Filipino amateur cooks to submit their entries for the Food and Friendship: The Japan-Philippines 65th Anniversary Online Cooking Contest.

Participants should submit the photo and video entries that focus on Japanese cuisine and/or Filipino-Japanese fusion cooking and will be judged on criteria such as presentation, recipe, and photo or video quality.

The cooking contest will be opened to all Filipino amateur cooks, home cooks, small business owners, culinary students, and food enthusiasts who are willing to prepare and take a photo of a dish as specified in the entry requirement. No age restrictions apply but participants below 18 years old should present a consent form from their parents or guardians. Professional chefs are not allowed to join.

There will be two stages in the contest: the First Round requires contestants to submit photos of their dish, while in the Second Round, the shortlisted candidates from the first round shall submit videos of themselves preparing the dish they previously submitted in the first round as entry.

The final winner shall be determined by Chef Suzuki and will be invited to dine with Ambassador KOSHIKAWA Kazuhiko in his residence, during which the winning dish will be served as part of the menu. The dinner will be subject to health protocols and will be scheduled under the existing community quarantine measures in the area.

Visit Japan Embassy in the Philippines website to check the full contest guidelines.