The winner of the first ever Best Pinoy Street Food Competition, Jose Nestor “Jones” Guevara II happily opens his very own store at SM Bicutan this April 30, 2015. Jones caught the taste of no other than the Kusina Master Chef Boy Logro, making him the outstanding contestant. As a result, he gets the privilege of 1 year rent-free space at the SM Hypermaket where he can use his exceptional culinary skill.
Asked about why Jones became the leading contestant, Chef Boy Logro, an executive chef and a judge in the event, answered, “Ang style nya parang pangmasa, na hindi masyadong mahal, at ‘yung kanyang style angkop doon sa panlasang pinoy. Kumbaga sa street food, nakuha nya yung eka nga e, na-adapt nya kung anong pangangailangan ng Pilipino.”
Lola Ebeng’s Kulinarya, Sabaw, at Prito was originally named as Lola Ebeng’s Lugawan at BBQ-han. It has been changed to fit the improved menu made for SM Hypermarket’s customers. Among its must-try dishes are the classic Champorado with tuyo flakes, Spaghetti ni Lola, Fried Noodles ala Italia, Pancit Tsinoy, and filling fried sandwiches.
Back then, Lola Ebeng’s is already existing and it was a small ‘kainan’ named after his mother. Having their house located in front of a local church was an advantage because people came by after hearing the mass. That time, they were only open every weekends, where people are abundant, and Jones need to find other means to earn. Because of this, it seemed impossible for him to open a food business in other places for the rent is too steep for his trade. But because of Best Pinoy Street Food Competition, Jones will be able to share his delicious offerings to the customers everyday.
“Maraming salamat SM Hypermarket at binigyan niyo kami ng opportunity na ipakita ang aming talent. Marami kayong matutulungan na tulad ko (street food vendor). Promise, babalik-balikan niyo ang signature dishes namin.” Jones said in an interview after winning SM Hypermarket’s Best Pinoy Street Food 2014.
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