The Umami Mystery

It’s always a treat to watch live culinary shows and contests. Who wouldn’t be interested in food? I caught some portions of Ajinomoto’s 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge: Battle for the Umami Bowl held last Friday, January 20 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The inter-school multi-category competition drew over 30 participating schools and showcased the culinary students’ knowledge, creativity and skills related to umami, considered as the 5th basic taste. The show also featured cooking demonstrations and talks by industry experts.

My curiosity in the event was due to lingering questions about the safety of monosodium glutamate or MSG, a seasoning that gives off the umami or “malinamnam” taste in food. These safety questions were answered in a video presentation viewed inside a booth in the venue. The video basically contains what’s in the Ajinomoto website about the Truth About MSG.

I stayed for a cooking demonstration done by Chef Michelle, … Continue Reading →