A group of five culinary students from the Pililla campus of the University of Rizal System romped away with the first prize in the Culinary Clash that was a highlight of the Pangasius Festival organized by the Department of Trade and Industry in Rizal province.
The cooking competition with the use of Pangasius as main ingredient was participated in by 11 groups from different schools in the province of Rizal.
The festival is part of an advocacy launched by the DTI office in Rizal to promote the production and con-sumption of Pangasius, a fast-growing freshwater fish that is imported in big volumes from Vietnam. In local restaurants, the Pangasius usually comes in fillet form and is popularly called Cream Dory fish.
Mercedes Parreño, the Rizal DTI chief, said that Pangasius culture could become a major project in Rizal because there are highly suitable bodies of water for the production of this fish. It can be grown where the tilapia is being cultured. The advantage is that it is much faster-growing than tilapia.