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Jaycees Whip Up Pinoy Food with Chef Romy

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New York, New York (July 14, 2013) – As part of its golden anniversary series of events, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippine-New York, also known as the Jaycees, invited New Yorkers for a fun and educational "Filipino Cooking Experience and Sorbetes-Making Class" with the renowned chef, Romy Dorotan of Purple Yam. 


The Bicolano Chef Romy, along with his wife Amy Besa, is the restauranteur behind New York Times-reviewed Cendrillon and Purple Yam. They are also the authors of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) award-winning  book "Memories of Philippine Kitchens." The New York Times describes the book as "the most comprehensive book in English on (this) country's rich and complex food culture." 

Spearheaded by the Jaycees’ Individual Development Vice President, Loren San Diego, Chef Romy taught the class how to cook an appetizer (Ukoy), an entree (Adobo) and a dessert (Sorbetes).

Ukoy is the Filipino version of shrimp fritters. Small shrimps are mixed in a batter, placed on a banana leaf and deep-fried until crispy. Adobo is often called the "National" food of the Philippines. Chef Romy's chicken adobo is braised in vinegar, soy sauce, coconut milk and a variety of spices until pungent and rich. The chicken is then deep-fried and served with the sauce that is boiled on high heat until thick. This sumptuous chicken adobo has been featured in the Martha Stewart Show, New York Times and NY1 Chow. Sorbetes is the traditional variation of ice cream made in the Philippines. The flavor of the ice cream that the class made was sinigwelas- one of the summer fruits in the Philippines. 

At the end of the class, Philippine-New York Jaycees' president Bel Molina thanked Chef Romy for sharing his culinary expertise and for his invaluable contribution to the promotion of Filipino food.

JCI Philippine-New York (Jaycees), Inc. is a group of young men and women whose mission is to develop leaders who will create positive change in the local and global community and their own lives through training and networking opportunities.  The Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world. Although "Philippine" is part of our chapter name, we are not solely a group of Filipinos.  Rather, we are an international chapter where everyone is welcome to join.  This is our chapter's 50th year anniversary and we invite you to make a difference in your community, your nation, and your world!  For more information, please visit:

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