MANILA, Philippines — Ford Philippines this week hosted a unique “Ford Cook-Off” event with media to both highlight the all-new Focus, and have a lot of fun in the process. The innovative event brought together four teams with three members each – two all-boy teams and two all-girl teams – to battle it out both on the road and in the kitchen.
The event was held at Enderun College, a culinary school at the heart of the city in Bonifacio Global City.
The day’s first challenge was to drive into the south of the city with a shopping list and spending limit to pick up groceries from a specific supermarket. The vehicles were all set on EcoMode to demonstrate the Focus’ ability to provide better fuel economy.
The teams then drove to an assigned Shell gas station to top up and measure their fuel efficiency. The next challenge was to test the capability of the Focus’ Active Park Assist against their own, manual parallel parking skills.
The rest of the day’s activities took place in the kitchen. Enderun College’s headmaster, Chef Thomas Wegner gave the contestants a demonstration of how to make a delicious meal of seared tuna and prawn with ratatouille. Media were then given their own food stations and 30 minutes to recreate Chef Wegner’s dish.
The criteria for the winning team was their drive’s fuel efficiency from Enderun College in Bonifacio Global City to South Supermarket in Alabang, their parking skills, the taste of their food and the care with which they plated the food.
The all-girl team from Top Gear, - Tracy Caperna, Online Editor; Steph Asi, Managing Editor and Sheng Banzon, Associate Features Editor - took the winning spot.
“It was a very creative way of experiencing the Ford Focus - driving it all the way to the South for groceries. Sheng did an awesome job parallel parking. We all found the cook-off to be the most challenging and stressful part so we were all surprised with the results,” said Caperna.
“It must have been luck that we won but we had an easier time behind the Focus’ wheel than in front of the stove! The activity was a cool way of learning what the Focus can do on the road and what we can do in the kitchen,” said Banzon.