10 Feb2012

Stay Tuned…

by Marketman

If you have been following the Pinoy Junior Master Chef program on ABS-CBN, which I understand is in the final few episodes, you may want to catch the program this Saturday and Sunday. I haven’t seen too many episodes of this series, but was pleased to find out from the show’s producers that at least two of the kids I had selected nearly a year ago during a marathon day of auditions are still in the running to be the first Pinoy Junior Master Chef! Cool, and congratulations to them for making it this far! I was interviewed on camera last night on two specific topics (unusual food pairings and crabs(?!)) and unless cut and left on the editing room floor, they say I might make short appearances in the Saturday and Sunday episodes… :) So tune in if you like the show — posts related to the topics in each of those Master Chef episodes will be posted on the blog on Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, I recently discovered a forgotten stash of now “vintage” marketmanila shirts in a filing cabinet in our Cebu offices, so I will be giving them away for free on this website in the next few days, so stay tuned for that as well. Have a great weekend!



  1. Zerho says:

    Will stay glued on the televison this weekend. I’ve been watching the show since i read it here and those kids are really precousious. Though i think the time slot for the show was moved since i didn’t get to see it last week on the usual time.

    Feb 10, 2012 | 11:45 am


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  3. bakerwannabe says:

    Don’t have that series here :( Would love to follow it.

    Feb 10, 2012 | 11:58 am

  4. RV says:

    It’s a good thing that I always watch the Pinoy Junior Master Chef show. Will definitely look out for your brief “cameo” on the show. I guess, it would’ve been nice if you could’ve been a guest judge at the least.

    Feb 10, 2012 | 12:03 pm

  5. Faust says:

    Dear Market Man

    Please send me a MM T-Shirt.. ^_^



    Feb 10, 2012 | 1:57 pm

  6. Red Yumang says:

    Hi MM,

    Definitely will watch this weekend’s episode. Those kids are great!, cant believe they can think amazingly of ways how to prepare their dishes.

    Go go go, wanted to see your cameo role too


    Feb 10, 2012 | 2:18 pm

  7. Bubut says:

    I enjoy watching those kids and they are really soon to become great chefs in the future…

    Feb 10, 2012 | 2:49 pm

  8. al says:

    i always watch that show. i miss the “baldosano kid”, the most promising young chef. so sad, he was eliminated few weeks ago.

    Feb 10, 2012 | 3:12 pm

  9. bearhug0127 says:

    Definitely would be honored to wear one!

    Feb 10, 2012 | 3:31 pm

  10. Kasseopeia says:

    I am SO waiting for the MM shirt contest =)

    Feb 10, 2012 | 3:52 pm

  11. Gigi says:

    Hey, I hope you become one of the judges for next season!

    On another topic, I was just wondering whether or not you are still on that Cohen-like diet. Now that more time has elapsed, how do you find it? Is it worth the price b/c it seems just like portion control and having a paid person ensure you stay committed to the regimen? (can you hear me proscastinating the start of my own weight loss program? haha…. )

    Medically speaking, I just wondered how valid are the principles behind those programs (eating to regulate hormones, etc etc). Maybe you can do a post on that since many people in your poll wanted Santa to magic away their unwanted pounds :)

    Feb 10, 2012 | 3:57 pm

  12. MP says:

    I sure hope they will not edit out your part MM. I follow this show religiously (through Pinoy-ako.info in case some of your followers abroad are interested) and am rooting for Philip to win! I am hoping he gets a scholarship (one of the prizes) considering his family situation.

    Bettyq, I now drizzle lobster oil on just about anything! My husband is starting to get alarmed because it whets my appetite and my clothes seem to be getting tighter. I tell him the washing machine/dryer is to blame! :-)

    Feb 10, 2012 | 4:55 pm

  13. aji says:

    Oooohh! Wonderful news! I hope I get to win those MM shirts. :)

    I hope next season you’ll be included in the roster of judges, MM.

    Feb 10, 2012 | 4:59 pm

  14. JE says:

    I hope this doesn’t mean you’re holding your own “master chef” competition for the site. I would love a shirt, but would have an absolutely zero chance of winning there.

    Feb 10, 2012 | 8:29 pm

  15. lee says:

    I was with Chef JP and Chef Fern of Junior Masterchef; Chef J Gamboa of Milky Way, Chef Ariel Manuel of Lolo Dad’s last December. We went on a short but harrowing banca ride, braving the crazy Amihan blown waves to Carbin Reef in Sagay to experience Enting’s kinilaw, freshly steamed seashells, crabs, and a lechon.

    Feb 10, 2012 | 10:17 pm

  16. angie says:

    Will definitely catch that show online… Would be honored to wear that MM shirt. Thanks in advance. ;-)

    Feb 10, 2012 | 11:45 pm

  17. allen northridge says:

    I am looking for 2 good sows to start breeding, l live in south cotabato koronadal, where can l look to find a good breeder in my area..? also interested in buying half a dozen female goats and a good male..?

    Feb 11, 2012 | 12:47 am

  18. Meg says:

    I watch Junior Master Chef every week @ TFC. Will definitely watch out for your appearance MM. Will you be raffling the MM shirts? I want one, please, please.

    Feb 11, 2012 | 1:15 am

  19. betty q. says:

    Oh….that’s a good one, MP! I will use the same excuse to my husband!….mwahahahaha!

    Footloose…did you receive my e-mail?

    Feb 11, 2012 | 2:03 am

  20. Footloose says:

    Got it Betty Q and thanks. MP, I have drizzled it only on food up until now but since you confess drizzling it on almost anything, I think I shall try it your way on a very limited basis, just as a special treat for Saint Valentine’s day.

    Feb 11, 2012 | 3:54 am

  21. ariel says:

    MM, my comments on the Junior Masterchef Pinoy edition:

    I support all efforts at promoting Phil cuisine, I love the kids, the effort they show, and the dishes.

    But I find the pace and presentation of the show too sleep inducing. My wife and I can’t pinpoint it- the music? , the editing of the shots?, the pacing (too slow?), the judges and how they interact? (like reading scripts instead of feeling it?) It just seems to lack the punch of the other versions. Parang it’s not making me curious enough to try and learn those dishes.

    This is just my opinion, and I could be in the minority here, so if the organizers think it doesnt need changing, then I accept that.

    Feb 11, 2012 | 10:40 am

  22. MP says:

    Hay naku, I wish you luck Footloose… it really enhances the taste of any food (including, can you believe, paksiw na tulingan??).. I once over baked some salmon fillets and the oil was a big help in salvaging them! So addictive that you will find excuses…

    Ariel, you are not alone in that sentiment. My hubby finds it boring, as well. We follow Junior Masterchef Australia and he thinks that the Pinoy version pales in comparison in terms of pacing, judging, timing, etc. He attributes it to the judges, he thinks they don’t seem credible and their statements seem too staged and scripted! But I love watching the kids and secretly envy them for being so good so I don’t mind the sometimes slow pacing. I just wish that the cute girl Bianca made it to the top 6. She was a spitfire – she even said China Coquangco was mataray hahaha.

    Feb 11, 2012 | 12:31 pm

  23. Marketman says:

    ariel, you are completely spot on. :) I find the local version to be missing several ingredients, and after the first couple or so shows, I stopped watching many months ago. I was supposed to do the lechon episode with the kids, but last minute snafus, constant changes in plans, and seriously dizzy production schedules had me bow out two days before after the show’s staff threw several monkey wrenches into pot… So it will be interesting to see tonight and tomorrow’s episode and watch if things have improved…

    If folks truly passionate about food were behind the show, it would shine through to the final product. As it was a few months ago, it seemed like just another advertising vehicle and money maker for the channel. I will probably get into hot water for saying that. :)

    Feb 11, 2012 | 6:42 pm

  24. Margarette says:

    I saw you on JMC Pinoy Ed!!! Yes, now I’m hungry.

    Feb 11, 2012 | 7:21 pm

  25. j-gurl says:

    Hi MM who’s ur bet in JMC

    Feb 13, 2012 | 8:58 am

  26. Marketfan says:

    I share the same sentiments as Ariel. Local version is too slooooow… After watching the 2 seasons of Junior Master Chef Australian edition, I don’t think I sat through one whole episode of the local show.

    Feb 13, 2012 | 11:51 am

  27. Natie says:

    Phillip is my fave…hi from Iloilo, MM

    Feb 14, 2012 | 7:54 am

  28. Ciara says:

    I never bothered to watch the show because the host doesn’t appeal to me. I think she should just stick to acting instead of hosting.
    I have yet to see a Pinoy version of any foreign TV show live up to the original.

    Feb 16, 2012 | 2:59 pm


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