And the Top Caterer in Manila for 2015 is… BIZU! @TheBlueLeaf #TheBigBanquet3

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(Audrey Tanco-Uy of Bizu, Overall Winner in The Big Banquet 3)

The Big Banquet 3 (TBB3), the Battle of the Best Caterers in Manila,  was held last July 5, 2015 at the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion, McKinley Hill. 

Excitement for the 2015 TBB was high because most of the caterers were expected to elevate their setup as well as the quality of their food and service. Because of this, tickets were sold out more than a week before the actual event. There were a total of 11 caterers, with 10 established contenders–Bizu, K by Cunanan, Juan Carlo, Albergus, Hizon’s, Tijoe, Red Chef, Center Table, Josiah’s, Mesclun, and 1 new caterer–Passion Cook.

Related Post: BIG BANQUET 3: Who will be the Best Caterer in Manila in 2015? @TheBlueLeaf

Here are the overall winners and category winners in The Big Banquet 3…

Watch: And the Top Caterer in Manila in 2015 is… BIZU!

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There was a total of 598 attendees in The Big Banquet 3.

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It was held in the Jade and Banyan Halls of the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion, McKinley Hill. 

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Each person was given one coupon to cast their vote for their favorite caterer in the following categories:

  • Best Set-Up
  • Best Appetizer
  • Best Main Dish
  • Best Dessert
  • Best Signature Dish
  • Best Signature Drink 
  • Best Service

Each caterer has a box where the foodies can drop their votes.

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Thank you to San Miguel Lifestyle Brews for providing the best food and beer pairing in any celebration…

  • San Miguel Premium All Malt‘s smooth, light, and malty flavor is best paired with chicken and fish. It’s a good beer to start with as you go from smooth to dry to bold flavored beer.
  • San Miguel Super Dry is best paired with pork and beef. Most beer connoisseurs like Super Dry because of the hoppy flavor and extra dry taste.
  • Cerveza Negra is paired with dessert especially with chocolate, which pairs nicely with the caramel tones of the beer.

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Thank you to all the families who were looking for the best caterer for their next celebration!


#1. BIZU

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Congratulations to BIZU for being the Best Overall Caterer winner in The Big Banquet 3 with a total of 841 votes! They also won the following categories: Best in Main Dish, Best in Dessert, and Best Signature Dish.

BIZU has been a consistent winner throughout The Big Banquet series, awarded as the Top Caterer in The Big Banquet 1 and one of the Best Caterers in The Big Banquet 2.

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Bizu Setup with 74 votes and Bizu Service with 112 votes.

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Appetizer: Soft Shell Crab – 119 votes

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Main Dish: Conchiglie Pasta99 votes  *** BEST IN MAIN DISH ***

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Signature Dish: 10-hour Roast Beef – 148 votes  *** BEST SIGNATURE DISH ***

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Desserts: Baba Cake. Hazelnut Praline Mousse with Caramel Creamier and Creme Brulée Surprise with Croquantine – 226 votes  *** BEST IN DESSERT *** 

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Signature Drink: Piña Colada – 63 votes 

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Congratulations, Audrey, for winning The Big Banquet for three consecutive times! 


We kiss one another to show gratitude, happiness, excitement, love, and affection. A kiss inspires. And this inspiration begets energy. This energy, in turn, begets creativity. BIZU was born out of this inspiration.

From this inspiration came the unique selection of cakes and pastries that were truly made to inspire. It all began with a dream to have an authentic Parisian Patisserie where the finest French pastries and European breads can be savored right in the Philippines. With much training and patience, our Filipino chefs have learned the magical art of the French Patisserie. Indeed, ensuring the most flavorful and artful products are brought to your homes is a labor of love.

From a kiosk/café at the third floor of Glorietta 4 that started operations in 2001, BIZU now has three more outlets in Greenbelt 2, Alabang Towncenter, and at The Promenade inside Greenhills Shopping Center.

The menu includes all day breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner items.

Customers are not to leave without the chewy pastel-colored Macarons de Paris that Bizu Patisserie is known for.

First Midland Building, 109 Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, 1223 Makati City
Telephone Numbers: +632 845-0590 / 845-0591 / 845-05-92 / 845-02-93
Store hours: 10:00pm – 7:00pm

Bizu Commissary 
Pacific Hardwood Building, 2158 Chino Roces, Brgy. Pio del Pilar, 1230 Makati City
Telephone Number: +(632) 843-6186

FacebookBizu Patisserie & Bistro

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Thank you to all the couples who came looking for the best caterer for their wedding day! 



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Congratulations to K by Cunanan for winning 2nd Overall Caterer with a total of 713 votes, and for winning the following categories: Best in Appetizer and Best Signature Drink.

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K by Cunanan Setup –  27 votes and Service – 94 votes 

Appetizer: Chicharon, Foie Mousse, Santol or Guava Jelly, Tuyo and Orzolo Salad, Arugula, Dried Canberries and Feta – 120 Votes *** BEST IN APPETIZER ***

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Main Dish: Lechon Belly, Red Chimichurri, Cream Corn – 87 votes

Signature Dish: Ensaymada Bread Pudding, Salted Egg Caramel – 102 votes

Dessert: Green Mango Sorbet with Bagoong – 147 votes

The Big Banquet 3 LGG4-5.jpgSignature Drink: Dalandan Basil Granita – 136 votes  *** BEST IN SIGNATURE DRINK *** 

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Congratulations to Kaye for winning the Best in Appetizer and Best Signature Drink in The Big Banquet 3!

K. by Cunanan Catering

Telephone: +632 710-6445 (Main), +632 711-0940 (Commissary)
Mobile: +63917 5327997
Facebookk. by cunanan catering

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Thanks to all our awesome friends for celebrating with us in The Big Banquet 3! 



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Congratulations to Juan Carlo for winning 3rd Overall Caterer with a total of 678 votes and for winning the following categories: Best Setup and Best Service.

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Juan Carlo Setup – 225 votes *** BEST SET-UP ***
Juan Carlo Service
– 174 votes *** BEST SERVICE ***

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If there is a Best in Menu they would win as well!

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Appetizer: Mango and Smoked Salmon with Agave Nectar – 39 votes

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Signature Drink: Sea Breeze – 31 votes

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Main Dish: Grilled Butterfly Prawn in Lemon Grass Paprika – 93 votes

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Signature Dish: Lengua Cecilia – 73 votes

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Dessert: Frutta Pavlova – 43 votes

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Congratulations to Engr. Alex Michael Del Rosario for winning the Best Setup and Best Service in The Big Banquet 3!


As a professional organization, it is important that clients and customers are aware that the people behind JUAN CARLO – The Caterer, Inc. are themselves professionals in the catering industry, providing excellent Catering services that guarantee satisfaction

Coming from a family of caterers from Cavite, the owner-manager Engr. Alex Michael U. Del Rosario and his wife, Teresita Macatangay Del Rosario, a Medical Technology by profession combined their unique talents and ambitions that led to the conceptualization and realization of a lifetime dream. They honed their skills in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by putting up a mini-restaurant in Al-Khodair campsite and doing small catering projects for Filipinos and foreigners as well. The exotic Arabian, Egyptian, Indian, Pakistani, Palestinian and Tunisian dishes became a part of their daily lives, contributing a lot to their knowledge of international cuisine.

August 1995, the Del Rosarios, fully equipped with the necessary information and capital, finally came home and settled for good in Batangas, signifying the birth of JUAN CARLO – THE CATERER, INC. Since then, it gained phenomenal success conquering the whole of Batangas even crossing borders to Tagaytay, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Mindoro, Bulacan and Pampanga. Truly, Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc. continues to surpass its Catering in Manila by extending its reach to many other areas in the country.

Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc was the official caterer for Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado Centenial Wedding; Ogie Alcasid and Michelle Van Eimeren Wedding; Katherine de Castro and Eric Cruz Wedding and recently Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez’s Wedding last December 22, 2010 at Punta Fuego. They also catered for Kyla and Rich Alvarez’s Wedding last November 28, 2011 at NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio. And recently, Juan Carlo handled Miss Universe 1st Runner Up’s wedding Miss Miriam Quiambao and Mr. Ardy Roberto at Ville Sommet, Tagaytay City , 18th grand birthday celebration of the 2014 teen queen Kathryn Bernardo at Blue Leaf Filipinas and the newest teen heartthrob Daniel Padilla’s birthday celebration at his own residence. When it comes to Wedding Catering and other special events, Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc. is the perfect partner for that great toast!

Truly, it is the unquenchable love and passion for the catering profession that spelled the big difference for Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc.

24B 11th Jamboree St. Tomas Morato Quezon, City
Telephone: +632 929 -3674, +632 416-5134,  +632 413-7511
FacebookJuan Carlo The Caterer, Inc.

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Congratulations to Passion Cooks for winning 4th overall winner with a total of 594 votes on their first debut at The Big Banquet 3!

The Big Banquet 3-10.jpgPassion Cook Setup – 126 votes and Service – 72 votes 

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Appetizer: Oriental Salad with Crispy Catfish and Mango-Tomato Salsa – 117 votes
Best Dessert: Strawberry Sunburst with Candied Lemon Zest – 25 votes, and 
Drink: Tropical Fruit Juice with Fresh Fruit Slices – 134 votes

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Main Dish: Baked Prawns Thermidor – 80 votes

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Signature Dish: Roast Turkey with Chestnut and Prune Stuffing – 40 votes 

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Congratulations to the Passion Cooks Team for its successful debut at The Big Banquet 3! 

Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, 1739 Parañaque
Telephone: +632 519-5619, 964-9329
Mobile: +63 923 303-6133; +63 917 833-6252
Instagram: @passioncooksph
Facebook: Passion Cooks Catering 



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Congratulations to Mesclun for winning 5th overall winner with a total of 498 votes!

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Mesclun Setup – 43 votes and Service – 59 votes

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Dessert: Caviar Pie – 80 votes

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Main Dish: Corned Beef Craving – 75 votes

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Signature Dish: Paella Negra – 116 votes

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Dessert: Lemon Curd Parfait – 42 votes

Signature Drink: Cold Brew Latte – 83 votes


Mesclun Bistro
G/F Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 551 1626

Mesclun Events Catering
Telephone: +632 919 6216

Mesclun Restaurant & Café
2/F The Linden Suites, 37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Telephone: +632 638-7878 loc 8207

Facebook: Mesclun Restaurant & Cafe
Twitter: @MesclunPh

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Thank you to all OAP friends for supporting and making the event successful!  


#6. Josiah’s Catering



The right amount of diligence, talent, and faith—that’s what the CEO of one of the country’s leading catering companies, Josiah’s Catering, will tell you when asked about the ingredients for the sustained success of their 20-year old business.

First catering for their friends in the 90s, the Versoza couple behind Josiah’s Catering landed the chance to cater to Nayong Filipino, and has since continuously provided their first-class services to an ever-growing list of clientele.

“When we first started this business, all we wanted was to earn enough to provide for our children,” shares Jet Versoza, CEO of Josiah’s Catering. “From our humble beginnings in our backyard, we are thankful that through word-of-mouth, our reputation and business grew into something we never thought it would become.”

Part of the Josiah’s Catering reputation was built on their uncanny knack for introducing innovations that would later become industry-wide ‘defaults’ such as the concept of ‘worry-free catering’ in packages that included all the necessary reception requirements in their package offerings, and being the first to use Hollywood-inspired chairs such as the famed ‘Sorrento Banquet Chair’ during events. Their long list of Philippine catering firsts include color motifs (1990s); special linen (2000); chocolate fountains (2005); lighted glass buffet tables and upgraded dessert stations (2006); hanging cocktail bars (2007); and dessert cabinets (2008). With this, it’s no wonder that Josiah’s Catering earned the title of being the wedding and banquet specialist in the Philippines.

34 East Drive, Marikina Heights, Marikina CIty
Telephone: +632 475-2703

Joanne T. Tumalad
Banquet Sales Consultant
Mobile: +63 917 562-6570
Telephone: +632 934-2163, 475-2703 x 109

Sales and Marketing
Direct Lines: +632 941.7032 | +632 934.2163 | +632 934.5134 | +632 934.9252
Magic Jack: 1.408.9054802
Telefax: +632 934.6734


SMX Showroom
G/F SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Telephone Number: +632 556.5734 

Matus Wedding Boutique
5/F Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Telephone Number: +632 706.5391
Mobile Number: +63 918.9021154 | +63 918.82MATUS (62887)


#7. Center Table

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60 Madrid St., Merville Park, Paranaque City
Telephone: +632 824-5179, 821-3797
Mobile Number: +63 917 626-7467
FacebookCenter Table Catering, Inc.


#8. Hizon’s Catering 

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Hizon’s Catering is an off-premise caterer specializing in weddings, private parties, and corporate events. Established in 1987, we are now one of the top caterers in the Philippines.

Our guiding philosophy is to consistently provide clients with quality food at competitive prices and to provide a service that is efficient, friendly, and courteous. In our twenty-six years in the industry, it has been our policy to treat every client with utmost integrity and the highest degree of professionalism. This is why Hizon’s Catering today is considered a trusted name in the industry, catering regularly to celebrities and many of the country’s top corporations.

22 Renowned Lane Sanville Project 6, Quezon City
Telephone: +632 925-0107, +632 925-0103
Facebook: Hizon’s Catering
Twitter: @HizonsCatering



#9. Tijoe

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Tjioe The Caterer (Tjioe is pronounced as Chew) began as a quaint Chinese restaurant in Carvajal St. Known as Quicksnack, most of its customers were Chinese migrants & “Tsinoy” from Binondo. It was as it is still today famous for its oyster cake and dumplings. More importantly, it was popular because “eating at Quicksnack made it feel closer to home” – as Chinese customers have put it. The concept of fast-food wasn’t popular then but this hole-in-the-wall was positioned as such.

Quickly enough, the restaurant became a household name in the community and 40 years later, the “New Quicksnack Corporation” was incorporated, thus “Tjioe, The Caterer” was born and has become one of Chinatown’s best caterers.

Distinctively Chinese, yet Tjioe has managed to marry the taste that is uniquely Filipino, thus it has become synonymous to an authentic “Tsinoy tradition”. Tjioe’s heritage is rooted from mainland China. It’s well guarded recipes passed on from four generations. Its knowledge of Chinese cooking has made it the premier choice among the Chinese community in Manila.

Tjioe is regarded as one of the most sought after caterer. It boasts of the only Chinese caterer accredited in Manila’s top-10 exclusive venues. To date, Tjioe has handled corporate & wedding events of up to 1,000 guests, a feat that showcases not only good food but settings that can be lush with sheer elegance.

Constantly innovating, recreating and infusing influences from the west, Tjioe’s menu offers a distinct Tsinoy experience dazzled in an aura of what can only be referred to as Tjioe’s unique palate. Today, Tjioe’s triumvirate casts a solid palate experienced from Beijing, Shanghai, New York and Manila.

Tjioe the Caterer has placed the art of catering, deep in its passion.

TJIOE (pronounced as chew)
594 Quirino Avenue, Tambo, Parañaque City
Telephones: +632 854-6600 & 851-0226
Mobile phone: +63 918 903-0446
FacebookTjioe the Caterer

Contact: Chef Rey Lim
Mobile: +63 932 876 8148



#10. Albergus

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Albergus started almost four decades ago with the spirit of service, dedication, and sheer love for serving good food. The business was built on the principle of serving exquisite appetizers, savory and scrumptious entrees, and mouth-watering desserts, made from freshest ingredients and run through the highest standards, excellent and personalized service at a reasonable price. We value our 200 plus employees as the key to our competitive advantage.

Sales & Corporate Main Office
16 Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, Diliman, Quezon City 1109
Telephone: +632 931-FOOD (3663)
Hours: Mondays – Saturdays 8:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 9:00am to 3:00pm

Albergus (SMX) Sales Office – SMX Convention Center
Seashell Lane, Pasay City 1300
Telephone: (632) 556-4507

Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday & Holidays CLOSED  


 #11. Red Chef

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The Red Chef and Events is a catering and events management company owned and run by Aphat Martinez and Mike Profeta who are driven by their passion for excellent food and unique events.

95 Guirayan St., Brgy. Dona Imelda, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 741-2762, +632 524-0980
Mobile: +63 927 342-4036, +63 917 830-7471, +63 922 827-5137, +63 922 827-5139
FacebookThe Red Chef and Events
Website (in construction)

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Thank you to The Blue Leaf for the awesome partnership with The Big Banquet 3!

100 Park Avenue, Mckinley Hill Village, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Philippines
Telephone:  +632 898 BLUE,  844 BLUE, 887-2175, 887-5687
Mobile: +63 917 868BLUE, or +63 917 838BLUE


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Disclosure: Our Awesome Planet is a co-creator of Big Banquet 3. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Watch out for The Big Banquet 4 at The Blue Leaf Filipinas in the first quarter of 2016!

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Best Dessert: Strawberry Sunburst with Candied Lemon Zest – 25 votes, and Drink: Tropical Fruit Juice with Fresh Fruit Slices – 134 votes

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