Jolly University Year 3 conducts Boot Camp in preparation for Food Congress and Cook-Off Challenge on March 4.
Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs and budding chefs!  The door to learning and career opportunities is now open as Jolly University (JU), continues its successful campus-wide search on its third consecutive year.
Following its overwhelming success in the last two years, JU – a campaign spearheaded under Jolly, one of the leading brands in canned foods and vegetables – is now regarded as one of the most prestigious culinary competitions and learning platforms. One of JU’s core programs that is currently underway is the University Boot Camp, a workshop where select delegates get to connect and learn first-hand from industry professionals.
Mr. Jun Cochanco, president of Fly Ace Corporation
Mr. Jun Cochanco, president of Fly Ace Corporation
Jun Cochanco, President of Fly Ace Corp., exclusive marketer and distributor of Jolly Food Line, said he is expecting to see a new generation of passionate, talented leaders and entrepreneurs arise from the Boot Camp. “I am delighted with the turnout of Boot Camp participants this year as we received more inquiries and entries which showed that Jolly University has gained momentum through the years.  Ultimately, we aim to inspire these students and may they remember what they have learned here and apply those lessons when they have a food business in the future,” Cochanco said.
Learning from the masters
For Year 3, Jolly University welcomed its new batch of students from all over the metro to participate in the boot camp where they were given hands-on training and seminars featuring industry practitioners such as Food Styling by Jolly University Head Master Chef Mitchie Sison, Jolly brand ambassador/ blogger Frances Amper Sales, Chef Ben Bernardo, among others.
Food Styling by Chefs Mitchie Sison and Justin Sison
Food Styling by Chefs Mitchie Sison and Justin Sison
Among the Boot Camp highlights is the talk on “How to Become a Successful Chef” where Chef Ben advised the students not only to learn the basics of cooking, but also have a well-rounded personality which is a combination of passion, skills and knowledge.  “Our profession is more than just cooking, it’s a tedious process that can test one’s patience so you better have the passion, the ambition, to feed your mind by continuously learning by yourself and from others,” he advised.
 Culinary Talk by Chef Ben Bernardo
On the other hand, Amper and director Lorenzo Marcos engaged the participants to the fascinating world of Social Media Blogging and Video Content Making. “Social media blogging is very important. It can open doors for you. Through various online platforms, you can create marketing tools that can help you build networks and relationships with like-minded people, as well as people who can help you expand your careers and businesses in the future,” said Amper.
Frances Amper Sales - Blogging
Frances Amper Sales – Blogging
For the second and third legs of the Bootcamp, featured resource speakers and seminar topics include Janice Villanueva (Events Management), Chef Kalel Chan, Leo de Leon of Allegro Beverages (Finding Your Niche in the Market), Francis Kong (Defining your Competitive Advantage), among others.
For Lorenzo Juaquin of University of Sto. Tomas, the Boot Camp is a very enriching experience. “I learned to use blogs and make viral videos to promote myself and my passion.”  Another student, John Prestin of La Consolacion College-Manila, liked the talk on the importance of money, making smart investment and financial savings. “I’m also inspired by the workshops on becoming a good chef, cooking, and preparing food with style. On photography, I learned a lot about capturing the best shots by showing the right style and image of the subject.” 
Grand Affair of Learning and Flavors 
This year’s Jolly University delegates and participants can hope to advance their future careers through the Food Congress, happening on March 4, 2016 at Le Pavillon, Pasay City.
Featuring highly interactive and informative seminars, event highlights include forums and culinary demonstrations, personality/ career and entrepreneurship that will be presented by noted industry leaders. The event also includes booths, stage activities that will be presented by various brand and media partners.  “Everyone is invited to join the Food Congress where they will have a chance to meet, connect with and be inspired by renowned speakers who will share their insights and expertise on various industry-related matters,” said Marilou Acuña, Jolly Senior Product Manager.
Not to be missed out as well is another exciting event highlight – the grand culminating activity called the Cook-Off Challenge where group representatives, as well as individual culinary talents, can vie for prestige in different categories.
The announcement of winners will also be on March 4. Apart from cash prizes, the champions will bring home products from Fujidenzo, Masflex, Corelle and Glad. They will also receive hands-on culinary training under Chef Mitchie, Jolly Food Line team, among many others.
Jolly is a canned fruits and vegetable line marketed and distributed by Fly Ace Corp., one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corp.’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands.  For more updates, visit www.jolly.com.ph and www.flyacecorp.com. Also like its official Facebook fanpage (Jolly Eats) or follow via Twitter and Instagram (@jollyeatsph).