What’s cooking? Ask chef Karlos Emmanjuel Buted that question and he will answer you with a smile.
For one, this lucky guy was recently given the rare opportunity to represent the country in an international cooking competition. But what makes this even more special is the fact that his own father, Dexter Buted, will be right there with him as his official coach.
Karlos, 17, who won the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Philippine National Skills Competition in April 2014, hopes to make the country proud in the coming 10th ASEAN Skills Competition on October 23-28, 2014 at the National Conference Center in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The biennial competition was first held in 1995 with ASEAN member nations alternately hosting every edition. It aims to promote and develop various vocational and technical skills among students and skilled workers following international standards.
In a few months, Karlos will be squaring off against the top students in Asia, showcasing their skills in restaurant service and other areas. At every step of the way, his dad Dexter will be there with him.
Ever since he was a kid, Karlos already knew what he wanted to be: exactly like his dad. Currently taking up HRM at Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) – Batangas, the talented student inherited his competitive spirit from his father who has a wealth of experience in the same field.
As a chef himself, Dexter said it didn’t surprise him that his son wanted to do the same thing. When asked if he had any reservations on his son taking up the same profession, Dexter calmly answered, “Not at all since this has always been his passion. He was already exposed to the profession ever since he was a kid because he would often come with me to work and assist me when I would oversee the kitchen.”
Karlos gave a similar answer. “My father is my biggest inspiration, I have always been interested in his work and what he does. Our family enjoys eating together, and one day I hope to help other families bond and have fun through the food I prepare and the service I provide.”
With only a few months left before the competition, the Buteds are on the same page when it comes to what it takes to win it. They believe that preparation is the key to success.
“Training, training and endless training,” Karlos replied when asked how he will prepare for the competition. “My dad always tells me to follow the training plan and focus on the goal – to win for the country.”
Both father and son admit that none of this would be possible if it weren’t for the constant and unwavering support of the teachers and students in LPU Batangas who have always been there for them.
“The plan is to win and there is no plan B. We train every other day and will train more often as the competition nears. We already worked out a training plan which is also being monitored by the dean and other faculty members at LPU-Batangas,” Dexter said.
No less than LPU-Batangas President Peter Laurel is proud of the duo.
“We are looking forward to seeing them show the kind of quality students we have at LPU-Batangas who are capable of competing with the best around Asia and even the world. We recognize that due preparation is necessary for good results. That is why we are closely working with them both to ensure that come October, they will be ready and Karlos will win,” he said.